More News -25 June 2019
It is reported in The Echo that there has been more vandalism at this site. This is the headline:
It’s a horrible situation: Vandals smash windows and spray graffiti all over empty coastguard building.
I will not quote the complete article, which has a link above. However, Cllr Paul Hillyard has described the situation:
‘The council is working with other partner agencies, including police and fire to identify the culprits. As the former coastguard training facility is private property the owners also have a responsibility to make the site secure.
‘It is coming up to the end of exams and the evenings are getting lighter, which seems to bring an increase in problems. It is a known issue and we are working to try and manage the situation going forward.’
On a personal note, when I took the photographs yesterday I thought it was very secure, with strong fencing. It can be seen in the picture below, and the one below that had to be taken by poking the lens against the wire and making the picture long and thin. Obviously I am not skilled in trespass!
Background – 24 June 2019
This is an article in the Echo about the proposed development. Steamer Point is a well-known nature reserves, part of which was important in the Second World War defences. The section proposed for development is shown in this plan.
As you can see from the plan, and the other pictures on this page, the area is not accessible for the public, and is rather run-down. The header picture shows the boundary fencing. There is some evidence of past vandalism, though it is very secure now.
This development is by Pennyfarthing Homes, and they have created an excellent dedicated website here. Read the actual proposal in some detail: it includes 29 new homes, 12 detached and semi-detached and 17 apartments. I do recommend that you go to the previous link to see complete details.