'A very draconian decision' - councillor slams call for ex-soldier to paint beach hut in more 'uniform' colours

Bournemouth Echo: stripy: John Sandford-Hart with his striped beach hut at  Friar’s Cliff stripy: John Sandford-Hart with his striped beach hut at Friar’s Cliff

A COUNCILLOR has slammed the “draconian” decision to order an ex-soldier to re-paint his beach hut in more ‘uniform’ colours.

John Sandford-Hart bought his traditional beach hut at Friar’s Cliff in Mudeford five years ago, when it featured the same blue and white stripes that it does today. The 47-year-old has recently been contacted by Christchurch Council officers and told he must change the colour scheme by April.

Christchurch councillor Lesley Dedman has voiced her objection to the decision and said she will be taking the issue up with the council.

She said: “I think the beach hut looks very attractive and not out of keeping with the area at all. This seems like a very draconian decision and it is something I will be bringing up with Christchurch Council.”

The former Territorial Army soldier who lost his right leg following a boating accident said he refuses to concede defeat, and will keep the property – which is named Felicity – stripy.

“It’s ridiculous, and I won’t have it,” he said.

“When I bought the beach hut, it was stripy. And now, for some unknown reason, I am being told that stripes are not ‘uniform’.”

The beach hut owners in Mudeford are issued with a handbook which dictates the rules on the size, positioning and decoration of the properties.

Ward councillor Michael Duckworth said the former soldier had “stepped out of line” by painting the beach hut with stripes rather than a single block of colour.

He said: “The beach huts must be decorated to a standard which everyone can comply with. It changes the nature of the area if people step out of line.”

Chairman of the Mudeford Sandbank Beach Hut Association Steve Barratt said: “We have had some success getting the rules relaxed, but I think the council will not relent further.

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6:44pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Merleyman says...

Surely the headline should read: "Cllr states Hut tenant is 'out-of-line' with his choice of stripey paint"

Cllr Michael Duckworth is the ward Cllr for Mudeford, where the hut is sited. Cllr Lesley Dedman is only a Cllr for a Ward well away from Friars Cliff.
Surely the headline should read: "Cllr states Hut tenant is 'out-of-line' with his choice of stripey paint" Cllr Michael Duckworth is the ward Cllr for Mudeford, where the hut is sited. Cllr Lesley Dedman is only a Cllr for a Ward well away from Friars Cliff. Merleyman

7:29am Thu 2 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Recycling at it,s best . keep running the same story just get a different work experience journalist to write it with tips on mentioning ex soldier and amputee and random councillorsWould it have made any difference if you told us what he does for a living now.And why after been given a very expensive hand book paid for by people who do not own a beach hut choose to paint it the colours
of a football team
Recycling at it,s best . keep running the same story just get a different work experience journalist to write it with tips on mentioning ex soldier and amputee and random councillorsWould it have made any difference if you told us what he does for a living now.And why after been given a very expensive hand book paid for by people who do not own a beach hut choose to paint it the colours of a football team kalebmoledirt

8:10am Thu 2 Jan 14

Carolyn43 says...

The stripey beach hut looks a sight better than the two next to it. They look totally neglected. What has this jobsworth told the owners to do about making those look better?
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I'd even go so far as saying that the stripey hut is the most attractive of all of those in the picture.
The stripey beach hut looks a sight better than the two next to it. They look totally neglected. What has this jobsworth told the owners to do about making those look better? ....... I'd even go so far as saying that the stripey hut is the most attractive of all of those in the picture. Carolyn43

8:32am Thu 2 Jan 14

The Engineer says...

Typical non-technical negative IQ jobsworth mentality, why are the council prating about with this non issue. The hut looks as if it is the best one there and by far the most appropriately decorated!
Typical non-technical negative IQ jobsworth mentality, why are the council prating about with this non issue. The hut looks as if it is the best one there and by far the most appropriately decorated! The Engineer

8:44am Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Let's hope the council leader is not involved with this matter, otherwise it will be a no no for the hut owner. This man never works with the folk of the area he generally works against them.
Roll,on election time .
Let's hope the council leader is not involved with this matter, otherwise it will be a no no for the hut owner. This man never works with the folk of the area he generally works against them. Roll,on election time . skydriver

8:51am Thu 2 Jan 14

TheDistrict says...

Paint every other blue stripe red, to give a Red, White and Blue stripe. Very patriotic, and would the council object to that. Bah Humbug Council.
Paint every other blue stripe red, to give a Red, White and Blue stripe. Very patriotic, and would the council object to that. Bah Humbug Council. TheDistrict

8:52am Thu 2 Jan 14

keith milton says...

one word "common purpose"

OBEY,NEVER QUESTION AUTHORITY!!!!!!!!
one word "common purpose" OBEY,NEVER QUESTION AUTHORITY!!!!!!!! keith milton

8:54am Thu 2 Jan 14

nosuchluck54 says...

skydriver wrote:
Let's hope the council leader is not involved with this matter, otherwise it will be a no no for the hut owner. This man never works with the folk of the area he generally works against them.
Roll,on election time .
Do you mean you still actually vote at election times ?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the council leader is not involved with this matter, otherwise it will be a no no for the hut owner. This man never works with the folk of the area he generally works against them. Roll,on election time .[/p][/quote]Do you mean you still actually vote at election times ? nosuchluck54

8:54am Thu 2 Jan 14

bobsworthforever says...

Well this is a massive issue two things for the council to mull over firstly where did he get the stripey paint secondly how do you spell stripy
Well this is a massive issue two things for the council to mull over firstly where did he get the stripey paint secondly how do you spell stripy bobsworthforever

8:55am Thu 2 Jan 14

keith milton says...

Michael Duckworth is a brainwashed product of the new orwellian "common purpose"
Michael Duckworth is a brainwashed product of the new orwellian "common purpose" keith milton

8:55am Thu 2 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

i think everyone should paint their beach huts in stripes or polka dots. then they would be more uniform
i think everyone should paint their beach huts in stripes or polka dots. then they would be more uniform live-and-let-live

8:59am Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Ward councillor Michael Duckworth has far to much time on his hands, he should be addressing problems that are affecting all of us during these pressing times, not worrying about the colour of a beach hut for goodness sake.
Christchurch Council officers are to full of their own importance and seem to forget that they represent us the tax payer, wasting their time and our money on such a ridiculous issue is complete looney tunes.
Ward councillor Michael Duckworth has far to much time on his hands, he should be addressing problems that are affecting all of us during these pressing times, not worrying about the colour of a beach hut for goodness sake. Christchurch Council officers are to full of their own importance and seem to forget that they represent us the tax payer, wasting their time and our money on such a ridiculous issue is complete looney tunes. Hessenford

9:10am Thu 2 Jan 14

Gordon Cann says...

and believe it or not this is nothing to do with rules emanating from the European Union!
and believe it or not this is nothing to do with rules emanating from the European Union! Gordon Cann

9:40am Thu 2 Jan 14

Highcliffe hut owner says...

Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy.

As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.
Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy. As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile. Highcliffe hut owner

10:21am Thu 2 Jan 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I think he should claim disabilty discrimination against the council and take it to the european court of human rights.
Just the threat of such an expensive, lengthy and embarrassing process will make the council wind their neck in pronto.
I think he should claim disabilty discrimination against the council and take it to the european court of human rights. Just the threat of such an expensive, lengthy and embarrassing process will make the council wind their neck in pronto. Sir Beachy Head

10:23am Thu 2 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

This hut owner has very cleverly captured the traditional beach scene in the decoration of his hut. Rolling blue waves topped with white surf, he just needs to paint the lower flap a nice sandy yellow colour and it will be spot on, blending in with the beach scene perfectly!
This hut owner has very cleverly captured the traditional beach scene in the decoration of his hut. Rolling blue waves topped with white surf, he just needs to paint the lower flap a nice sandy yellow colour and it will be spot on, blending in with the beach scene perfectly! The-Bleeding-Obvious

10:32am Thu 2 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Highcliffe hut owner wrote:
Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy.

As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.
lesley dedman thrives on publicity,she has a very high opinion of herself.
[quote][p][bold]Highcliffe hut owner[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy. As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.[/p][/quote]lesley dedman thrives on publicity,she has a very high opinion of herself. pete woodley

11:26am Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

nosuchluck54 wrote:
skydriver wrote:
Let's hope the council leader is not involved with this matter, otherwise it will be a no no for the hut owner. This man never works with the folk of the area he generally works against them.
Roll,on election time .
Do you mean you still actually vote at election times ?
Yes if only to get rid of certain individuals .
[quote][p][bold]nosuchluck54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the council leader is not involved with this matter, otherwise it will be a no no for the hut owner. This man never works with the folk of the area he generally works against them. Roll,on election time .[/p][/quote]Do you mean you still actually vote at election times ?[/p][/quote]Yes if only to get rid of certain individuals . skydriver

11:29am Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Highcliffe hut owner wrote:
Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy.

As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.
I think this a good place to comment on what she is doing, what councillor has been supportive on this issue.
[quote][p][bold]Highcliffe hut owner[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy. As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.[/p][/quote]I think this a good place to comment on what she is doing, what councillor has been supportive on this issue. skydriver

11:49am Thu 2 Jan 14

jimoslo says...

Yes and buildings like the Imax are ok and in keeping with the local area are they? but not this small beach hut?.
Yes and buildings like the Imax are ok and in keeping with the local area are they? but not this small beach hut?. jimoslo

11:57am Thu 2 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Hessenford wrote:
Ward councillor Michael Duckworth has far to much time on his hands, he should be addressing problems that are affecting all of us during these pressing times, not worrying about the colour of a beach hut for goodness sake.
Christchurch Council officers are to full of their own importance and seem to forget that they represent us the tax payer, wasting their time and our money on such a ridiculous issue is complete looney tunes.
Very well said .
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Ward councillor Michael Duckworth has far to much time on his hands, he should be addressing problems that are affecting all of us during these pressing times, not worrying about the colour of a beach hut for goodness sake. Christchurch Council officers are to full of their own importance and seem to forget that they represent us the tax payer, wasting their time and our money on such a ridiculous issue is complete looney tunes.[/p][/quote]Very well said . skydriver

12:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Highcliffe hut owner wrote:
Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy.

As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.
Why shouldn't she voice an opinion in the Echo, all the others do, plus she talks sense in this case, this guys beach hut is in the same colour depicted on thousands of postcards, I would rather see this than the other so called uniform colours along there.
The trouble with the council is that they are as bland as the shed like beach huts, my garden shed looks better than most, well done to John Sandford-Hart, ignore the council and follow the comments and support on this forum.
[quote][p][bold]Highcliffe hut owner[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy. As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.[/p][/quote]Why shouldn't she voice an opinion in the Echo, all the others do, plus she talks sense in this case, this guys beach hut is in the same colour depicted on thousands of postcards, I would rather see this than the other so called uniform colours along there. The trouble with the council is that they are as bland as the shed like beach huts, my garden shed looks better than most, well done to John Sandford-Hart, ignore the council and follow the comments and support on this forum. Hessenford

12:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hugo808 says...

Does the fact he's an ex-soldier have any actual relevance to this story?

Surely you don't think there should be a two-tier legal system?
Does the fact he's an ex-soldier have any actual relevance to this story? Surely you don't think there should be a two-tier legal system? Hugo808

3:27pm Thu 2 Jan 14

KLH says...

The guy is an ex soldier and has lost a limb. He has probably been through plenty of traumatic episodes in his life - does he really need to fight jobsworth councillors over something as petty as this. Come on, it is a stripey beach hut, well in keeping with the area, this is just a ridiculous overreaction.
The guy is an ex soldier and has lost a limb. He has probably been through plenty of traumatic episodes in his life - does he really need to fight jobsworth councillors over something as petty as this. Come on, it is a stripey beach hut, well in keeping with the area, this is just a ridiculous overreaction. KLH

5:06pm Thu 2 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

Rules are Rules. What relevance does it make that he WAS a soldier, or has lost limbs? Does that mean he can jump red lights too?

Stop being a media Whore.
Rules are Rules. What relevance does it make that he WAS a soldier, or has lost limbs? Does that mean he can jump red lights too? Stop being a media Whore. SympatheticSam

5:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

l'anglais says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Paint every other blue stripe red, to give a Red, White and Blue stripe. Very patriotic, and would the council object to that. Bah Humbug Council.
Would that make it french or dutch?
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Paint every other blue stripe red, to give a Red, White and Blue stripe. Very patriotic, and would the council object to that. Bah Humbug Council.[/p][/quote]Would that make it french or dutch? l'anglais

6:47pm Thu 2 Jan 14

gillie winfield.winfield@fsmail.net.christchurch says...

Well done Lesley Dedman. For goodness sake Christchurch Councillors get on with the jobs that you were elected and paid to do. Roll on elections.
Well done Lesley Dedman. For goodness sake Christchurch Councillors get on with the jobs that you were elected and paid to do. Roll on elections. gillie winfield.winfield@fsmail.net.christchurch

7:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

stumpy123 says...

like i said before , i didnt write it and don't care if it says bin man estate agent or pole dancer.
I was only wanting to put forward the fact that does a stripy beach hut demand a huge waste of council time and effort.
I asked a question and was given no answer.....'what is actually wrong with the stripes?'
Can someone tell me please, especially as the hut was bought like this and has been painted for years before as stripes. I keep in in good original order.
I have not gone against the council or anyone else.I just wish to be left alone. J.S.H
like i said before , i didnt write it and don't care if it says bin man estate agent or pole dancer. I was only wanting to put forward the fact that does a stripy beach hut demand a huge waste of council time and effort. I asked a question and was given no answer.....'what is actually wrong with the stripes?' Can someone tell me please, especially as the hut was bought like this and has been painted for years before as stripes. I keep in in good original order. I have not gone against the council or anyone else.I just wish to be left alone. J.S.H stumpy123

7:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

stumpy123 wrote:
like i said before , i didnt write it and don't care if it says bin man estate agent or pole dancer.
I was only wanting to put forward the fact that does a stripy beach hut demand a huge waste of council time and effort.
I asked a question and was given no answer.....'what is actually wrong with the stripes?'
Can someone tell me please, especially as the hut was bought like this and has been painted for years before as stripes. I keep in in good original order.
I have not gone against the council or anyone else.I just wish to be left alone. J.S.H
Why stumpy did you paint it Brightons colours and not Red and Black,AFCB'S.
[quote][p][bold]stumpy123[/bold] wrote: like i said before , i didnt write it and don't care if it says bin man estate agent or pole dancer. I was only wanting to put forward the fact that does a stripy beach hut demand a huge waste of council time and effort. I asked a question and was given no answer.....'what is actually wrong with the stripes?' Can someone tell me please, especially as the hut was bought like this and has been painted for years before as stripes. I keep in in good original order. I have not gone against the council or anyone else.I just wish to be left alone. J.S.H[/p][/quote]Why stumpy did you paint it Brightons colours and not Red and Black,AFCB'S. pete woodley

7:59pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Super Hoops says...

Life is too short to be so pernickerty! Love the stripes, at least the beach hut looks well maintained. The article states the owner purchased the beach hut with the stripes therefore the council has had a long time to object to them.
Life is too short to be so pernickerty! Love the stripes, at least the beach hut looks well maintained. The article states the owner purchased the beach hut with the stripes therefore the council has had a long time to object to them. Super Hoops

2:18am Fri 3 Jan 14

ShuttleX says...

Highcliffe hut owner wrote:
Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy.

As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.
There's only been one officer who has been criticised, that wouldn't be you would it?
[quote][p][bold]Highcliffe hut owner[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Councillor Lesley Dedman should not be using the Echo to publically voice her personal opinions - but rather should be raising this quietly in a professional manner with her fellow Councillors and Council officers with regard to council policy. As a local tax payer, I would rather she spends her time and effort publically supporting officers who have been unjustly criticised over this issue instead of using this story to raise her profile.[/p][/quote]There's only been one officer who has been criticised, that wouldn't be you would it? ShuttleX

8:49am Sun 5 Jan 14

Beach lover says...

Come on council please get your priorities right. So new homes built in Friars cliff with big planning breaches you KNOW about but don't want to comment or fully investigate even though residents have reported them to you but painting a beach hut the same colour as purchased you do!
Come on council please get your priorities right. So new homes built in Friars cliff with big planning breaches you KNOW about but don't want to comment or fully investigate even though residents have reported them to you but painting a beach hut the same colour as purchased you do! Beach lover

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