Eastbourne Borough Council has taken action to tackle the problems with the street drinkers who gather at the advertising hoarding in Terminus Road.
The hoarding, which has a concrete seat running around the bottom of it, was put in place many years ago. It is no longer used for advertising purposes and has become a place for the street community to congregate. As a consequence, it also attracted litter.
The council has been working in partnership with various organisations to face the problem head on, and the hoarding is being removed in conjunction with Sussex Police.
The electricity to the site has been disconnected and although the concrete stump is still in place, it will be taken out in the New Year. The equipment needed to remove it cannot be manoeuvred into position while the Christmas market is taking place.
In the meantime, the area has been fenced off and once all the works have been carried out, the section will be re-paved.
Cllr David Tutt, leader of the council, said: “We wanted to tackle the challenges of street drinkers and the associated problems, and the hoarding has been a key spot to remove to help discourage them. The joint agencies tackling this issue are recruiting an outreach worker to work with the street community and help them find ways of changing their lives.”