Talland Parade scaffolding update

The legal team at Lewes District Council has lodged a claim with the High Court requiring the Talland Parade scaffolding in Seaford to be removed by the owner of the building.

The claim is on the grounds of common public nuisance and the council will also seek a final injunction that would result in a court order requiring the scaffolding to be removed without delay. 

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “After years of hard work, I now hope that the High Court will reward the patience of residents in Seaford and bring an overdue end to this most unfortunate saga. 

“The owner of the building has badly misjudged the resolve of this council and local people to finally see the back of their eyesore scaffolding.”

This action is the result of an exhaustive process that has examined every legal avenue to address this nuisance and has involved advice from a barrister specialising in this type of dispute.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “The owner has acted with a total disregard for the interests of businesses and shops in the vicinity of Talland Parade and used legal loopholes to frustrate every effort to get the scaffolding taken down, but not anymore.

“Our claim against them is now with the High Court and we hope that a trial date will be confirmed soon.”

The council believes it has a good case based on the unreasonable duration of the development works at Talland Parade and the adverse impact on Seaford residents and others.

Councillor Stephen Gauntlett, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This latest development is good news, but I won’t rest until the wretched scaffolding is dismantled. 

“Above all at this time, I want to thank Seaford Residents’ Voice, Seaford Town Council and all others who have provided invaluable evidence in support of the council’s claim and I would also thank our legal team for their colossal effort to get us to this point.”

Published on February 1, 2023