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Businesses join shabby Brighton and Hove building clean-up
Shabby streets are being spruced up after council bosses ordered a blitz on grubby buildings.
Earlier this year, officers from Brighton and Hove City Council told owners of dirty properties to clean up their act or face legal action.
Now many buildings are being given a facelift with fresh coats of paint and brand new windows.
On Western Road, the council’s planning enforcement team ordered the owners of 32 properties to carry our repair work to smarten up the area.
As a result, 29 made improvements over the summer with the remaining properties agreeing to make changes.
Improvement Martin Randall , the council’s head of planning, said: “When we speak to property owners about the reasons why buildings have fallen into disrepair, they rarely mention the cost of the work.
"It’s more about getting around to it and a lack of incentive to take action when surrounding properties are in a state of disrepair.
“However, once one property owner takes steps to improve their building, others have seen that the council is serious and have willingly followed suit – the result is a dramatic improvement for everyone.”
In central Brighton, enforcement officers are working with traders in Preston Street to smarten up the area to attract more customers.
Notices have been issued to six shops asking owners to improve the appearance of their properties and all have responded.
Over the past two months eight properties have been improved and others that were identified for improvement have carried out the works.
Goerge Shahata, chairman of the Preston Street traders’ association, said most traders thought the clean-up orders were a good idea.
He said: “We’re glad that the council has done this.
“There’s still a few businesses that haven’t done anything yet but they will have to soon.
“The street’s already looking much better so hopefully more people will come down here.”
In Rottingdean, an enforcement notice has been handed to four shops on the seafront, giving them six months to wash down, repaint and|repair the front of the buildings.
One shop owner has already started work to clean up their building.
The orders have also been issued to property owners in Portland Road in Hove and in other streets across the city.