Brighton and Hove enforce maintenance

Brighton & Hove have served a Section 215 enforcement notice on the historic Medina Bath House on Hove’s seafront.

The owners have six months from 1 November to:

  • wash down and repaint the southern and western elevations;
  • remove the breeze blocks from the window openings
  • reinstate windows and glazing;
  • repair and make good all the windows and doors including re-glazing as required;
  • repaint all external timberwork including window frames, doorframes and soffits;
  • re-render the eastern elevation of the property.

Read Brighton & Hove’s full press release here.

The severe lack of maintenance and neglect over a period of 18 years has led to the deterioration of the condition and appearance of Victorian Medina Bath House. The windows have long been broken and the glass panes replaced with breeze blocks. The temporary caretakers live in caravans on the site of the former men’s pool area and even the sturdy hoarding has become worn, unstable and decorated with graffiti.

At the moment there is beautifully painted pigeon on the south elevation. As the pigeons are the main residents at the moment and are free to enjoy the site in its current state, I think its rather in keeping.

Medina House’s prominent position right on the seafront, on Medina Esplanade, in one of the most affluent areas of Hove has no doubt help prompt action. Mike Weatherley MP has spoken out about the ‘perpetual state of disrepair’ of the building and supports change. This is the Cliftonville Conservation Area of Brighton & Hove and many of the surrounding buildings are protected by listed status. People flock to the promenade for beautiful sea views, to relax on the beach, to take in the air and enjoy homemade ice cream and coffees at the much loved Morocco’s next door.

The beach in front of Moroccos in the 1940s

I do hope the owners take this Section 215 enforcement seriously. If not the compulsory purchase order to follow will allow new owners to take guardian of this piece of Brighton’s history. I am particularly keen to see the special tile scheme in the former bath area looked after and preserved as a relic of Brighton & Hove’s history of salt water bathing and a legacy of Victorian Hove.

Here are some more photos of the strange and charming Medina House and its splendid Victorian architecture.

Other articles include:

The promise of a tomorrow for Medina Bath House

Medina House & Baths

Building Opinions article

An eyesore building will not be left to rot

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