Safety worries over Jubilee Cottages

Building control officials visited a pair of dilapidated cottages on the outskirts of Uckfield after residents reported safety concerns.

The properties, known as Jubilee Cottages are in Eastbourne Road and currently look like this.

Jubilee Cottages photographed this week

Earlier this year, they looked similar to this (below).

This photograph of the cottages was taken in June last year

Wealden District Council was asked to comment and stated:

“East Sussex Building Control Partnership attended site following concerns from residents that the remaining structure is dangerous.

“They will be writing to the owners to ascertain what provisions they intend to take to make the site secure to limit public accessibility.

“Our initial view is that, whilst the site is untidy, it is not considered an immediate threat to life or health and safety.”

The site is now fenced off having earlier looked like this.

Jubilee Cottages at February 5

Wealden said the law relating to demolition was “complex” and noted: “It is not necessarily accepted that demolition has taken place in this case.  

“We are monitoring the situation.”

The council added: “If evidence can be provided that the building was demolished as opposed to collapsed, action can be considered under section 80 of the Building Act.”

• A planning application to demolish Jubilee Cottages and build a new house on the High Cross Estate at Palehouse Common was refused last year. See: Plans to demolish dilapidated cottages refused. No further planning applications have been received by Wealden relating to the cottages.

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