Hove residents can be assured that we are taking action on the derelict seafront sites highlighted by Mr Hawtree (Letters, September 2).

Regarding Lawnscroft, the former nursing home, Brighton and Hove City Council’s officers have been in contact with the owners of the property who have agreed to demolish the building by the end of this month and begin implementing their approved planning permission.

Enforcement officers have also been in touch with the owners of the properties at 149-151 Kingsway. Following a recent refusal for planning permission, we are asking the owners to improve the appearance and condition of these properties.

Officers have been talking to the site owners of the former Sackville Hotel and have requested that they clean up the site whilst they seek permission to redevelop it.

If improvements are not made to the appearance of these sites, the council may take formal action.

Councillor Lynda Hyde
Chairman, Brighton And Hove planning committee