Hayling gets its own ‘Berlin Wall’

Residents on the Sea Front on Hayling Island complain about the row of beach huts, they have nicknamed the 'Berlin wall', being built along the shore. ''(7546-1)
Residents on the Sea Front on Hayling Island complain about the row of beach huts, they have nicknamed the 'Berlin wall', being built along the shore. ''(7546-1)
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Beachlands, the natural beauty spot on Hayling Island, was threatened by 30 new beach huts which residents claimed would look like the ‘Berlin wall.’

Sheila Peacock, a resident of Sea Front, said: ‘These are all brick-built structures with no space in between. If they are built along the shore we shall not be able to see the sea at all.’

The proposed huts were to be built either side of a 16ft-wide wartime pillbox.

Peter Lukas, who had just moved to Sea Front, said: ‘We were not shown any plans for these huts, which we term “the Berlin wall”.’

The builder involved, John Derban, the chairman of Havant council, said: ‘I am in a very delicate position – as a builder and a councillor.

The new huts are lower than the old ones and I cannot see how these people are losing their amenities.’