Beach hut owner's view blocked by new council huts

They were initially told the new buildings would be temporary

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Beach hut owner's view blocked by council

Irate beach hut owners have slammed a council which is placing a row of beach huts directly in front of their own - completely blocking the beautiful sea views.

The owners previously had interrupted views over Bournemouth beach, Dorset, but will now have to make do with the view of the back of another beach hut.

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Gillian Vincent, who has owned her beach hut for more than 50 years, says the move by Bournemouth Borough Council has ruined her vista of the sea, beach and promenade.

The 79-year-old, who pays £1,094 a year for her hut, was not even consulted on the plans.

She says she was assured when one was placed in front of hers in September that it was for 'temporary storage' and would be removed by January.

But she has now received a letter from the council saying it's staying and that even more will be installed by the end of the month.

Credits: RichardCrease/BNPS

RichardCrease/BNPS

They claim the move to relocate 14 huts is necessary to make space for the creation of a turning circle for a newly-routed land train.

Mrs Vincent said: "What's the point of owning a beach hut if all you can see is the back of another hut?

"We won't be able to see a thing, not even to keep an eye on children on the beach.

"The land train hasn't run along this stretch of the beach for years so I can only assume they're bringing it back to get people to their new overnight huts.

"One hut was placed in front of mine in September and I was told, in writing, that it was for temporary storage and that it would be removed in January. Now we've been told it's staying and that 13 others are coming with it.

"We pay £1,094 a year to have a beach hut here. They haven't even offered us a discount but it's not a discount we want - we want them to change their minds.

Credits: RichardCrease/BNPS

RichardCrease/BNPS

"Some of the affected huts are owned by families with young children. They usually keep an eye on the children from their huts - they won't be able to see them at all.

"I know a lot of people at the beach and they always say hello to me - they won't even know I'm here now. I'm also going to be sitting in the shade, looking at the back of a hut instead of sitting in the sun enjoying the view."

Bournemouth council has notified the owners of 14 huts that numbers 717-730 will be placed in front of them from the end of this month.

Credits: RichardCrease/BNPS

RichardCrease/BNPS

A Bournemouth Council spokesman said: "As part of the development of the new Bournemouth beach lodges at Manor Steps, a site has been identified to create a turning circle for the land train, primarily to create a transport link with our current land train routes on the seafront.

Credits: RichardCrease/BNPS

RichardCrease/BNPS

"This location will require the relocation of some beach huts, and whilst this will impact some existing beach hut users, it is the only viable option.

"We are working with beach hut tenants on site and the Bournemouth Beach Hut Association to minimise the impact of these changes where possible."

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