Court to rule on Mansion Hotel windows

The hotel's uPVC window units which the council wants replaced with wooden ones
The hotel's uPVC window units which the council wants replaced with wooden ones

AN EASTBOURNE hotel group is being taken to court to thrash out a row over windows.

The Lions Hotel Group replaced rusting metal windows on the Hartington Place side of the Mansion Hotel with UPVC units.

The hotel claims the windows were carefully designed to match the wooden windows on other floors of the Grade II listed elevation.

However, the company has now been told it will be taken to court by Eastbourne Borough Council for failing to remove the UPVC windows and replace them with wooden ones.

Lions’ managing director Abid Gulzar says similar windows installed at the Lions Albany Hotel several years ago were fully approved by the council’s planning committee.

He said, “We are disappointed we are now facing prosecution over windows which - materials aside - match the traditional design perfectly.

“Wood-framed double glazed windows cost four times as much as UPVC and would add significantly to costs, making it difficult to maintain our excellent value rates which attract so many guests. Wooden windows on the seafront are also less likely to withstand salt air, and come without guarantee.”

Mr Gulzar says he and his senior management team met with borough council chief executive Rob Cottrill over the windows saga but no agreement could be reached and the meeting ended acrimoniously.

The hotel boss also says the issue of the windows has gone on for several years without any threat of action from council officers. The company has now raised its concerns with council leader David Tutt.

A spokesperson at Eastbourne Borough Council said the council “did not recognise the version of events described” by Mr Gulzar and added, “On the basis that legal proceedings are active there will be no further comment made.”