Forgotten Houses On London Road
posted by Tony on 01 Sept 2011 at 1:43 pm
For months now I have been walking past the row of houses in London road (as you approach the cross roads with the A259) that seem to have been forgotten. There are over 10 houses which have been boarded up and left to fall into a terrible state of repair with rubbish bags left in the front of gardens, graffiti and attempted break in's / vandalism. Surely these houses could be put to better use or if unfit to be lived in, demolished?
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posted by Julie on 06 Sept 2011 at 10:25 pm
These houses certainly are unsightly. Most boarded up with a couple inbetween that are still lived in.
I can only presume that they were earmarked for demolition and purchased by the Council to make way for the proposed bypass (which is currently at No 22 of 22 proposed road schemes nationally).
Something must be done to clean up this area - are they just being left to eventually fall down?
Why are the overflowing bins never emptied?
posted by dave on 10 Oct 2011 at 4:30 pm
These houses have been scheduled for demolition since i was at school at bexhill infants school now king offa, they have been talking about the north access road for so many years now and as you can see nothing has happened, when they dug out the old railway line in the early 70's there was all this talk of a new road but with the usual speed and decisive pace of local planning it's still not been done and most likely never will, in the mean time there are many people out there that would love to live in those houses, such a shame when there are so many poeple homeless or living rough.
posted by Julie Rossall on 12 Oct 2011 at 7:51 pm
Yet another decision as to whether the link road is 'going ahead' will be made in December - will be interesting to find out the result.
As a resident of London Rd it is both distressing and embarrassing to face the eyesores around the junction with King Offa Way. I plan to ask the Council to at least remove the huge piles of black bin bags stacked outside the victorian terraced houses - most boarded up. A 'Mecca' for rats! Ironic that the Council refuse wagons operate from premises that are 20 seconds drive from the houses!
posted by dave on 15 Oct 2011 at 11:08 pm
I have to say they have beeen deciding on building this road for so long i wouldnt hold your breath for any kind of decision any time soon, as for the bin bags just ring the town hall and tell them you saw rats running round and will be publishing pictures in the press next week that should do it.
posted by Tony on 27 Nov 2011 at 11:21 am
I must say that since my first post all the rubbish bags seem to have been cleaned up from the 'forgotten houses' of London Road.
The question now is - what next for these houses which could quite easily provide accommodation for the homeless or families in need. Still boarded up and going to waste. Even if they were used as a short term measure, surely better than just falling into a state of disrepair!??
posted by Peter on 04 Dec 2011 at 11:48 am
When I lived in Sheffield the council were planning a new link road and they bought two streets worth of houses, but instead of leaving them empty, they were rented out (on short term lets) to students etc at a peppercorn rent provided they were kept looking OK. Perhaps Bexhill could do the same with London Road?
posted by Bernie Randall on 29 May 2012 at 7:18 pm
Now the LINK ROAD has got the green light The Viking Fish Bar and all those boarded up houses will be demolished. The traffic lights will also go and be replaced by a roundabout. Knowing how Bexhill councilors have rubber stamped a lot of catastrophys in Bexhill over the years, if they rented out those empty properties then they would have made a rod for their own backs as they would have to rehouse the tennants. A piece of Bexhill history will go along with the Viking and the houses -namely the garage where the famous Elva racing cars were made.
Bexhill Link Road
posted by dave on 06 Oct 2012 at 4:32 pm
they have been talking about building that road all my life im no almost 50, there have been so many promise dates etc etc over the years, I will believe it when I can actually drive up it, I remember when they demolished the rail bridge next to the viking, and dug out the old railway embankment, they were allegedly starting the road then and that was early 1970's ish.Local council cant decide on what flowers to plant on the sea front let alone build a road to no where :-)
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