CONCERN continues to grow as to how the Wish Tower Cafe was allowed to fall into such a state of disrepair.
As these photographs show, conditions at the seafront eatery are dire and the building is now derelict.
This week Conservative councillor Patrick Warner said he and members of the public were concerned that the Wish Tower Restaurant had fallen into such disrepair, asking how was it was allowed to happen.
He said, “Given the disgusting state the venue had fallen into, it seems incomprehensible that members of the public could have been eating safely there as recently as a few short weeks ago.
“When was the last inspection carried out by our environmental health team, how often was this carried out and what were the results of the last inspection?”
Councillor Warner said he was also concerned at the news the council had paid out £38,000 to the former lessees.
“Given the time that this issue has rumbled on for, I was astounded to hear members of this administration congratulating themselves on the way the matter had been handled.
“Do they believe that having to pay the previous tenants nearly £38,000 of taxpayers’ money to get out of a public property that they have not maintained properly represents good value for the tax payer?
“The administration still seem convinced that we should accept that this is the best result that could have been expected.
“They should try asking tax payers what they think as everyone I have spoken to is shocked and horrified.”
A spokesperson for Eastbourne Borough Council defended the authority’s position and said, “The tenants of the Wish Tower were granted a 21-year repairing and insuring lease which ended in 2010.
“This was a business tenancy which means they had a right to apply for a new lease, which they did.
“The council, as landlord, wished to terminate the lease, resulting in a legal process to reach a settlement.
“The tenancy continued into 2011 whilst the legal process was on-going. The tenants applied to the court for £155,000 in compensation.
“The council surveyed the building and given the poor state of repair was successful in reducing the compensation claim to around £38,000.
“This is an excellent result for the town, having saved the tax payer £117,000 and returning a prime site on the seafront to the council’s control.”