This is how long the area surrounding the Claremont Hotel could be closed for

The emergency closure of the fire-ravaged Claremont Hotel and its surroundings could last up to 18 months.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 9:51 am
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 4:53 pm
Claremont Hotel Fire Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190512-100841008
Claremont Hotel Fire Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190512-100841008

The emergency order, made by East Sussex County Council, started on January 3 and will see Grand Parade from its junction with Devonshire Place to the Marine Parade junction closed and Elms Avenue from its junction with Grand Parade to the Burlington Road junction closed, according to the council.

The Grade II listed building went up in flames on November 22 which saw holidaymakers evacuated and six fire crews rush to the scene.

The council say the order lasts for a period of 18 months but the area could open earlier if it is deemed safe.

An alternative route for traffic has been provided by the council with eastbound traffic going through Devonshire Place, Memorial Roundabout, Trinity Trees, Seaside Road and Marine Parade Road. Westbound traffic can use Marine Parade Road, Seaside Road, Bourne Street, Pevensey Road, Lismore Road, Bolton Road, Memorial Roundabout and Devonshire Place.

An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson said, “A period of statutory consultation is underway following the submission of a planning application for the partial demolition of the Claremont Hotel on Eastbourne seafront.

“Eastbourne Borough Council received the application on December 23 from representatives of the hotel owners, Daish’s Holidays. All comments on the application must be received by January 17.

“Depending on the outcome of the consultation, it is hoped that arrangements for the partial demolition can begin within weeks. The hotel is a Grade II listed building, hence the process that has to be followed prior to any work taking place.

“The council will continue to do everything in its power to return this section of the seafront to normal as quickly as possible, most importantly the re-opening of Grand Parade.

“Officers meet on a regular basis and we are liaising with businesses based close to the hotel and other neighbours. When the consultation closes we will issue an update on next steps.”

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