Police have waded in on the efforts to force the clean up of The Ocean Hotel in Sandown by issuing a Community Protection Notice warning, with a list of things that need to be remedied within the next 4 weeks.
As previously reported by Island Echo, the Isle of Wight Council issued a Section 215 notice on Phoenix Commerical Property Development Limited earlier this year. It demanded 13 items needed to be corrected at the Esplanade site by 11th May, with a further 2 items by 11th July.
However, the company has appealed the notice which has stopped the clock. The matter will now go before Magistrates on 20th May, where many hope the company will lose their appeal and the clock will restart.
In a bid to continue to put pressure on the hotel’s owners to clean up the derelict site, thus ensuring public safety and the Queen’s peace in Sandown, Hampshire Constabulary has served notice of its intention to enact a Criminal Protection Notice under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Phoenix Property must, by 10th June, complete the following:
• Erect a secure perimeter fence around the entire site and regularly inspect and maintain this fence.
• Install CCTV which covers access and egress points with accompanying signage
• Board every access point, including all broken windows and doors; on every level of the building to prevent trespass.
If these actions are not completed by that date, Police will consider issuing a Community Protection Notice (CPN). Breaching a CPN is a criminal offence which would land Phoenix Commerical Property Development Limited in court if they failed to comply.
Sgt Sharland of South Wight Neighbourhood Policing Team says:
“We have recorded substantial Anti-Social Behaviour at the location and have serious concerns about the impact this is having on our Communities. As such I am hopeful that the use of a CPNW will assist in ensuring this location is secured, preventing ASB and Criminal Behaviour continuing in the short term; whilst the Isle of Wight Council progress with the Section 215 for a long term solution”.
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