Fury at plan to bulldoze beach huts and make owners pay for new ones in Milford-on-sea

Bournemouth Echo: Fury at plan to bulldoze beach huts and make owners pay for new ones Fury at plan to bulldoze beach huts and make owners pay for new ones

CAMPAIGNERS are fighting plans to demolish their privately owned beach huts and make them foot the bill for the replacements.

Civic chiefs have sparked fury by drawing up proposals to bulldoze scores of huts that bore the full force of the storms that devastated parts of Hampshire on St Valentine’s Day.

The 118 terraced huts at Milford on Sea were hit by 80mph winds.

About 30 were demolished in the aftermath of the storm, and New Forest District Council claims the rest will have to be bulldozed in the interests of public safety.

All the huts are due to be replaced – but the council says the owners must meet the cost.

The plan has angered families, who face the prospect either losing their seafront plots or paying out thousands of pounds for new buildings.

Owners say many of the huts suffered only slight damage and should be repaired rather than demolished.

They have already launched a petition and are also threatening to take legal action against the council in a bid to save their property.

Some of the campaigners lobbied a meeting of the council’s ruling Cabinet yesterday.

Yvette Frost, who paid £20,000 for her beach hut, told members: “Imagine if the roof blew off your home and the council argued that you shouldn’t be allowed to repair it.”

Councillors defended the scheme, saying the authority had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who visited the seafront.

But the Cabinet agreed to commission a new structural survey that would examine the condition of each individual hut.

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6:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Townee says...

How much would it cost to buy a shed?
How much would it cost to buy a shed? Townee
  • Score: 6

7:14pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ShuttleX says...

Councillors defended the scheme, saying the authority had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who visited the seafront.......

You also have a duty to ensure the safety of people using the pavements and roads. Have you seen the state of both of them lately. Wouldn't be surprised if the right member of the Lodge will be getting the contract to rebuild the huts.
At least 8 members of NFDC are Freemasons, and two of them are in the Cabinet. It's not what you know, but who you know where they are concerned.
Councillors defended the scheme, saying the authority had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who visited the seafront....... You also have a duty to ensure the safety of people using the pavements and roads. Have you seen the state of both of them lately. Wouldn't be surprised if the right member of the Lodge will be getting the contract to rebuild the huts. At least 8 members of NFDC are Freemasons, and two of them are in the Cabinet. It's not what you know, but who you know where they are concerned. ShuttleX
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

And why, exactly, should the public fund new beach huts for the select few?
And why, exactly, should the public fund new beach huts for the select few? Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 1

10:06pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Baysider says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Councillors defended the scheme, saying the authority had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who visited the seafront.......

You also have a duty to ensure the safety of people using the pavements and roads. Have you seen the state of both of them lately. Wouldn't be surprised if the right member of the Lodge will be getting the contract to rebuild the huts.
At least 8 members of NFDC are Freemasons, and two of them are in the Cabinet. It's not what you know, but who you know where they are concerned.
Ahh...ShuttleX and his Everybody's Corrupt conspiracy.

How you manage to function on a daily basis when you think the whole world is on the take is actually quite an achievement.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Councillors defended the scheme, saying the authority had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who visited the seafront....... You also have a duty to ensure the safety of people using the pavements and roads. Have you seen the state of both of them lately. Wouldn't be surprised if the right member of the Lodge will be getting the contract to rebuild the huts. At least 8 members of NFDC are Freemasons, and two of them are in the Cabinet. It's not what you know, but who you know where they are concerned.[/p][/quote]Ahh...ShuttleX and his Everybody's Corrupt conspiracy. How you manage to function on a daily basis when you think the whole world is on the take is actually quite an achievement. Baysider
  • Score: -3

12:21am Fri 6 Jun 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Baysider wrote:
ShuttleX wrote:
Councillors defended the scheme, saying the authority had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who visited the seafront.......

You also have a duty to ensure the safety of people using the pavements and roads. Have you seen the state of both of them lately. Wouldn't be surprised if the right member of the Lodge will be getting the contract to rebuild the huts.
At least 8 members of NFDC are Freemasons, and two of them are in the Cabinet. It's not what you know, but who you know where they are concerned.
Ahh...ShuttleX and his Everybody's Corrupt conspiracy.

How you manage to function on a daily basis when you think the whole world is on the take is actually quite an achievement.
No argument to their point then?
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I agree with shuttlex. Just have a look at some of the potholes in Lymington. You could land a space shuttle in some of them!
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That's just a cost to the council though so not something they want to address anytime soon.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Councillors defended the scheme, saying the authority had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone who visited the seafront....... You also have a duty to ensure the safety of people using the pavements and roads. Have you seen the state of both of them lately. Wouldn't be surprised if the right member of the Lodge will be getting the contract to rebuild the huts. At least 8 members of NFDC are Freemasons, and two of them are in the Cabinet. It's not what you know, but who you know where they are concerned.[/p][/quote]Ahh...ShuttleX and his Everybody's Corrupt conspiracy. How you manage to function on a daily basis when you think the whole world is on the take is actually quite an achievement.[/p][/quote]No argument to their point then? . I agree with shuttlex. Just have a look at some of the potholes in Lymington. You could land a space shuttle in some of them! . That's just a cost to the council though so not something they want to address anytime soon. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 3

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