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No enforcement action to be taken on stripy beach hut owner

Bournemouth Echo: ‘NO ENFORCEMENT’: John Sandford-Hart with his striped beach hut at  Avon beach ‘NO ENFORCEMENT’: John Sandford-Hart with his striped beach hut at Avon beach

THERE will be no enforcement action taken against a beach hut owner who refused to repaint his beach hut in more ‘uniform colours’.

The whole fiasco started last week when the Daily Echo reported that former soldier John Sandford-Hart slammed demands from council staff to repaint his immaculately decorated stripey beach hut.

He has said the rules regarding his beach hut at Friars Cliff are ‘bonkers’ and all he has done is refresh the blue and white stripes that have been painted on the beach hut since before he bought it five years ago.

It comes after Judith Plumley, head of community and leisure at Christchurch Borough Council, insisted that all beach hut owners were informed two years ago that stripes were not permitted because “‘contrasting styles could be detrimental to the overall appearance of the beach huts and promenade”.

Now, a week later amidst the public backlash, the council has decided that no action will be taken against Mr Sandford-Hart.

She said: “I can confirm that the council will take no enforcement action against beach hut owners at Friars Cliff who have not yet repainted their huts in accordance with the requirements of the licence, pending a review of the policy.”

Christchurch councillor Lesley Dedman stepped into the dispute earlier this week and criticised ‘draconian’ decision by the council.

She said: “I got involved because I thought the council was being very strict about a beach hut that looks very elegant and well kept.

“I understand there have to be rules but what we need to work towards now is getting these rules changed.”

Following the decision, former soldier and amputee Mr Sandford-Hart said: “Since this was publicised I have been inundated with people coming to my beach hut to tell me how ridiculous the council has been and are angry that this is a waste of time and money.

“I work hard to make the hut look good and I’ve never had anything but compliments. I will never change it and would rather go to court then back down on this and change it.”

A meeting to discuss the beach hut policy for Mudeford will take place soon.

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9:05am Sat 4 Jan 14

gameon says...

What now of Frau Judith Plumley as she retreats and reflects on her Public popularity ?????
What now of Frau Judith Plumley as she retreats and reflects on her Public popularity ????? gameon
  • Score: 41

9:14am Sat 4 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

gameon wrote:
What now of Frau Judith Plumley as she retreats and reflects on her Public popularity ?????
Still claim the 60k plus a year.
[quote][p][bold]gameon[/bold] wrote: What now of Frau Judith Plumley as she retreats and reflects on her Public popularity ?????[/p][/quote]Still claim the 60k plus a year. BIGTONE
  • Score: 33

9:14am Sat 4 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Well done to John Hart for no giving in to the whims of Judith Plumley, she should resign for wasting her time on this ridiculous fiasco.
Well done to John Hart for no giving in to the whims of Judith Plumley, she should resign for wasting her time on this ridiculous fiasco. Hessenford
  • Score: 54

9:15am Sat 4 Jan 14

ben111 says...

I say make it legal that all beach hut owners should paint them stripy, visitors would rember them, a bit of national news plus an attraction. Can i be a Cllr and get a big fat wage please.
I say make it legal that all beach hut owners should paint them stripy, visitors would rember them, a bit of national news plus an attraction. Can i be a Cllr and get a big fat wage please. ben111
  • Score: 29

9:34am Sat 4 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Ah at last the power of the people, we must do more to stop some of these councillors doing just as they think.
I have said before they should be working for the residence NOT against them.
Ah at last the power of the people, we must do more to stop some of these councillors doing just as they think. I have said before they should be working for the residence NOT against them. skydriver
  • Score: 32

9:39am Sat 4 Jan 14

Squars says...

Fascism defeated! I do hope everyone did what I did and complained to the Town Clerk about this stupid decision, and that dreadful woman?
We can beat them!
Fascism defeated! I do hope everyone did what I did and complained to the Town Clerk about this stupid decision, and that dreadful woman? We can beat them! Squars
  • Score: 34

9:48am Sat 4 Jan 14

60plus says...

She should be getting on to the beach hut owners who are not painting theirs
She should be getting on to the beach hut owners who are not painting theirs 60plus
  • Score: 23

10:08am Sat 4 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Boing Boing Baggies Baggies
I will be down there tomorrow lunch time with my vuvuzela which is painted in WBA colours
I dare yellow George to show up.
Boing Boing Baggies Baggies I will be down there tomorrow lunch time with my vuvuzela which is painted in WBA colours I dare yellow George to show up. nickynoodah
  • Score: -15

10:42am Sat 4 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

60plus wrote:
She should be getting on to the beach hut owners who are not painting theirs
i think everyone shouldd have the right to decide for themselves whether they paint or not. we dont need dictators in this country.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: She should be getting on to the beach hut owners who are not painting theirs[/p][/quote]i think everyone shouldd have the right to decide for themselves whether they paint or not. we dont need dictators in this country. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 4

11:29am Sat 4 Jan 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

Is any action being taken against Judith Plumley?
Is any action being taken against Judith Plumley? fedupwithjobsworths
  • Score: 15

11:36am Sat 4 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

Common sense prevails,shame it had to take social media and national press to get this issue resolved,could have been nipped in the bud ages ago
Common sense prevails,shame it had to take social media and national press to get this issue resolved,could have been nipped in the bud ages ago alasdair1967
  • Score: 18

1:21pm Sat 4 Jan 14

scrumpyjack says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Common sense prevails,shame it had to take social media and national press to get this issue resolved,could have been nipped in the bud ages ago
Quite right.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Common sense prevails,shame it had to take social media and national press to get this issue resolved,could have been nipped in the bud ages ago[/p][/quote]Quite right. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 7

1:26pm Sat 4 Jan 14

davecook says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Common sense prevails,shame it had to take social media and national press to get this issue resolved,could have been nipped in the bud ages ago
It had made Judith Plumley look stupid, and Lesley Dedman look like a councillor with a bit of common sense...........we wouldn't have had this little insight had it been nipped in the bud!
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Common sense prevails,shame it had to take social media and national press to get this issue resolved,could have been nipped in the bud ages ago[/p][/quote]It had made Judith Plumley look stupid, and Lesley Dedman look like a councillor with a bit of common sense...........we wouldn't have had this little insight had it been nipped in the bud! davecook
  • Score: 11

1:35pm Sat 4 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Opportunity to get them back now repaint the hut with some nice brightly coloured diagonal lightning stripes!
Opportunity to get them back now repaint the hut with some nice brightly coloured diagonal lightning stripes! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 3

1:41pm Sat 4 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

fedupwithjobsworths wrote:
Is any action being taken against Judith Plumley?
She should be made to paint the rest of the beach huts in the same style, and at her expense!
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithjobsworths[/bold] wrote: Is any action being taken against Judith Plumley?[/p][/quote]She should be made to paint the rest of the beach huts in the same style, and at her expense! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 12

3:07pm Sat 4 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Hessenford wrote:
Well done to John Hart for no giving in to the whims of Judith Plumley, she should resign for wasting her time on this ridiculous fiasco.
Resign? The seriously over-paid post holder responsible for this inept saga should be summarily sacked. But since when were any of these public sector fat cats accountable to anyone, especially their public paymasters - us!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Well done to John Hart for no giving in to the whims of Judith Plumley, she should resign for wasting her time on this ridiculous fiasco.[/p][/quote]Resign? The seriously over-paid post holder responsible for this inept saga should be summarily sacked. But since when were any of these public sector fat cats accountable to anyone, especially their public paymasters - us! muscliffman
  • Score: 7

6:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

Fine, landmark decision made. I'm off to paint my hut with some ridiculous colours. I'm glad rules can be broken.
Fine, landmark decision made. I'm off to paint my hut with some ridiculous colours. I'm glad rules can be broken. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Sat 4 Jan 14

jazzy jenkins says...

The whole thing was so ridiculous..such a waste of public money..who is this woman..this sort of thing has been going on with beach huts for a long time..Mudeford sanbank was a nightmare with the council..like a load of Hitlers
The whole thing was so ridiculous..such a waste of public money..who is this woman..this sort of thing has been going on with beach huts for a long time..Mudeford sanbank was a nightmare with the council..like a load of Hitlers jazzy jenkins
  • Score: 5

7:39pm Sat 4 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

As an interest owner And painter .can I now go ahead with a beach hut painting extravagancer .I favour the Gothic.while my neighbours are more inclined to drift to the modern.Standbye for some beach hut Anarchy.
As an interest owner And painter .can I now go ahead with a beach hut painting extravagancer .I favour the Gothic.while my neighbours are more inclined to drift to the modern.Standbye for some beach hut Anarchy. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Well done, John. Remember Christchurch Road, Pokesdown.Classic.
Well done, John. Remember Christchurch Road, Pokesdown.Classic. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 1

8:03am Sun 5 Jan 14

loftusrod says...

They are actually hoops, not stripes.......
They are actually hoops, not stripes....... loftusrod
  • Score: 6

4:31am Mon 6 Jan 14

vwbournie says...

well done john for standing up to the council who provide stripe deckchairs!!!
well done john for standing up to the council who provide stripe deckchairs!!! vwbournie
  • Score: 0

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