Seaford residents hope the Talland Parade scaffolding will go away

PEOPLE hope a High Court order will be “the beginning of the end” for scaffolding that has towered over a high street for six years.

The case could result in an injunction requiring the scaffolding to be removed immediately.

Seaford Residents’ Voice, a group that has been researching the “Blight” framework for about two years, said it hopes the High Court’s order “moves things forward”.

The Argus: Talland Parade scaffolding in Saxon Lane, SeafordTalland Parade scaffolding in Saxon Lane, Seaford

Bob Downing, spokesman for the group, said: “We are very confident that this is the beginning of the end. It’s not the end, but we hope it’s a beginning.

“Members of SRV did a hell of a lot of research and digging. Lewes County Council asked if we could provide anything because they knew we were investigating.

“Although all legal avenues were previously blocked because the legislation is woefully inadequate to deal with something like the Talland Parade.

“We are delighted that a route has been opened in collaboration between East Sussex Highways and Lewes District Council. We felt like there wasn’t much collaboration before.

The Argus: The towering structure can be seen from all over the city centerThe towering building can be seen from all over downtown

“We are keeping our fingers crossed that the solution proposed by Lewes works, that the judge comes to the right and moves things forward.

“We don’t know exactly what will happen next when the scaffolding falls away.

“The Supreme Court order will not develop the site as it should have been a decade ago.”

Lewes County Council granted planning permission in January 2012 for ten self-contained flats above a range of shops.

The Argus: Gary Bedford is one of the business owners who said they feltGary Bedford is one of the business owners who said they felt “invisible” under the structure.

The site has remained largely untouched, however, as the scaffolding is causing problems for businesses in the area.

The council said that while it had exhausted all possible legal avenues, any attempt had been blocked by “legal loopholes” and “hollow promises” by owners.

His attorneys believe the council has a good case due to the length of time the scaffolding has been there, as well as the negative impact it has had on Seaford residents.

Neil Smith, another resident, said: “Seaford residents are sick of the sight of this installation and Seaford businesses don’t need a major eyesore to taint the town and hamper its commercial appeal.

“More recently, safety concerns have arisen about the structure’s ability to survive our occasionally severe coastal weather.

The Argus: The structure was closed for security reasons during Storm Eunice in FebruaryThe structure was closed for safety reasons during Storm Eunice in February

“The owner has had to complete planned construction work on the building since 2016 and has not responded accordingly. A full six years later, I sincerely hope that the Council will succeed in fully unraveling this seemingly never-ending saga.”

There were concerns about the safety of the scaffolding after it moved about 15cm from the building during Storm Eunice in February.

Lewes Conservative MP Maria Caulfield said: “I am delighted that Lewes County Council is finally listening to residents and is taking the owner to court to have the scaffolding removed, which has had such a negative impact on the town and those badly affected Traders has been impacted since the scaffolding was erected.

“I hope this lawsuit results in the scaffolding finally being removed and I will continue to advocate for this issue until that happens.” Seaford residents hope the Talland Parade scaffolding will go away

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