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TIME IS TICKING: POLICE ISSUE WARNING TO OCEAN HOTEL OWNERS TO CLEAN UP DERELICT SITE

279779261 331228375806877 706615521132966367 NPolice 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.

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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.

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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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roe sprack
roe sprack
14 days ago

it,s not worth the paper it is printed on

roe sprack
roe sprack
14 days ago

it is not worth the paper it is printed on

ventnor depot
ventnor depot
14 days ago

Its about time too. I have no doubt that my good friend Ian Ward will feel releived that at last things are moving forward. Look at Ventnor. Ten years agoit was a dump and now the town has been transformed . The same needs to happen to Sandown AND shanklin or the island will die as a tourist resort

Vance Christopher
Vance Christopher
14 days ago

What about the rest of Sandown?Its one big shit hole!!!

Liz
Liz
Reply to  Vance Christopher
14 days ago

I wrote same comment but it got deleated lol.well said vance

Proud Overner
Proud Overner
Reply to  Vance Christopher
14 days ago

Correct the beach might have a blue flag but the town has a red flag.

Wolf
Wolf
14 days ago

Give the owners a sledgehammer each,& a JCB to use and force them to knock it down while being supervised to make sure they do the job.Dont let them leave Sandown till the job is done

Justice
Justice
14 days ago

I think it should be a case of the council get in a contractor clear it up and charge the owner

Sillymilly
Sillymilly
14 days ago

Shanklin front is beautiful what you on about… The high street isn’t great but it’s a damn sight better than Sandown. The whole town (Sandown) needs sorting out. It’s embarrassing to see and the Council wonder why no-one comes here on holiday anymore.. Crazy high ferry costs AND towns left derelict.

Nick Black
Nick Black
13 days ago

This smacks of the Police jumping on the Band Wagon. The Council have already issued a notice to get works done. If nothing is done, then it is up to the Council to take Legal Action.
The Police should be out catching Criminals, not getting involved in this.
We pay enough of a ‘precept’ to them, and yet they continually seem to do nothing about actual crime, just involve themselves in the ‘soft touch/easy targets’.
Get on with the job you are supposed to be doing and stop all of this ‘virtue signalling’ rubbish!

Daphne
Daphne
Reply to  Nick Black
13 days ago

I gather the Police are not allowed to enter the derelict building to evict anyone inside as it’s not safe. Hence they’ve had fires and all sorts going on inside.
It seems logical that if the building is made safe, then hopefully the crime rate should fall too.

plato
plato
13 days ago

Be careful what you wish for, this is the thin end of the wedge – an Englishman’s home is his castle. If the council and police are allowed to throw their weight around, wont be long before you are against you will or budget forced to paint your windows, renew your fence, re point your brickwork take down your ivy, etc etc.

 

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