This is all that was left of 'Beachy Lees' seen being lowered into its new resting place, following the granting of planning permission to rebuild. The local council do require some remnants of the original building to remain within a new build and in this case the whole of the original railway goods van was uplifted and moved to one side to allow a new concrete base to be established prior to replacing it in its new position. Somewhat more substantial than the half a dozen railway sleepers upon which most of the carriage based shacks sit. Looking forward to the finished result!
The latest property for sale on the beach, with an asking price of £350,000.00 received an offer within 5 days of being marketed by local, Rye, estate agents Phillips & Stubbs. The 'shack' towards the north of the estate is in fact one of the 'purpose built' bungalows and is in very good order. Must make mine worth at least fifteen hundred!.
Also for sale with New Romney agents, Tersons', is 'Sleepers Cottage' which is a 'genuine shack' being based around a railway carriage. This 3 bedroomed property is in excellent order and current asking price is in the region of £260,00.00
Andrew & Co, in Ashford, have a three bed end of terrace – former Coast guard cottage, at £220,00.00. This is a sturdy building and is located just outside the 'camp gates'.
And Finally at the top end of the scale is a complex for which offers over £1.5 Million would be considered (through this web site only).
'Penny Cottage' was sold in December last for £290,00.00 (Zoopla). This was a recently rebuilt cottage of the highest standard but a planning application has been made to reduce this to rubble and rebuilt! Pending consent.
'Peacehaven' further south on the estate has already been raised to the ground with planning permission granted for a rebuild.
The 'Sanctuary', (The William Fagg Lodge) formerly a world War 2 air raid shelter, then local community hall and Church is currently undergoing re-development by award winning 'Ecolibrium Solutions Ltd' – responsible for the rebuilding of the old 'Smokery' property (now 'Shingle House') and the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre. The revived property will be available for holiday lets upon completion.
Although there has been some local opposition to changes in what is perceived to be the character of the estate, one thing is for certain – the money being spent on these projects will at least ensure there will still be buildings standing here (subject to any high tides) in 100 years time.
I should add the word 'shack' associated with properties on the estate is, by no means used as a derogatory term but as an endearing term much used by those wishing it be known that they do, in fact, live in a shack on a beach as opposed to a square box in Acacia Crescent in suburbia!!
Yesterday (Wednesday 3rd July 2013) was a doubly sad day.
In the early evening my neighbour, script writer, playwright (Andrew James) Snoo Wilson died suddenly of what was believed to be a massive heart attack. He was 65.
Only a few hours earlier he had helped me get my beloved Alsatian, 'Pepper', to the vets to end her long and happy life on the beach.
Snoo leaves a wife, Ann and three grown up children to whom I send much heartfelt sympathy.
Much has been written about Snoo and no doubt, with his passing, much more will follow. He was a wordsmith extraordinaire, deeply devoted and dedicated to his craft. The comment below from Simon Callow sums up the extremes of Snoo's persona. On the one hand a creative 'deep' writer but also someone with a sense of humour and zest for life. He was a family man and thoroughly enjoyed his daily walks on the beach with wife Ann and dog 'Freda'
Snoo will be missed by many including my daughter Tilly who only hours before had mourned the loss of Pepper, with whom she had shared eleven of her 13 years. To then learn of Snoo's passing was a double tragedy. She had become a 'favourite' of Snoo's and she was immensely fond of him. She appeared in his film 'Eichmann' and he had written a part for her in a proposed satirical play (on Tony Blair) called 'Kingdom Come'. Alas not to see the light of day.
A sad loss to many. Farewell Snoo
The following is a quote from an article in the Guardian Newspaper a few years ago by the respected actor Simon Callow. Apologies for not getting permission to reprint this but it does seem to succinctly sum up the man that was Snoo Wilson:-
'I met Snoo at rehearsal and was a bit intimidated by him, to be honest. He's a very striking-looking man and at the time his hair was green, or red and green, and he was obviously powerfully intelligent and seemed to be full of inner preoccupations. He would be quoting from Babylonian mythology, and the works of Marx and Jane Austen, and making silly music- hall jokes'.
A dozen or so Swedish short haired bumble bees (Bombus subterraneous) were taken from their quarantine quarters and released on Dungeness today.
The bees, which were declared extinct in the UK in 1988, following a dramatic loss of natural wild flower meadows, had previously been mated and it is hoped a good percentage of these 'queens' will survive and establish colonies on the pre prepared area on Dungeness and surrounding farmland.
The government have finally decided to support the expansion of Lydd airport (aka Ashford International) but this will not stop the anti brigade from further action. Off they trudge to the European Courts to state their case – this time the alleged safety issues. 18 months or so ago they had discovered a protected slug or some such creature but this fizzled out so this time it is the safety of the local area due to the close proximity of the nuclear power stations. Proof, if proof were needed that there is no genuine reason for not having an expansion simply the fact that 'they' do not want it to affect their lives.
'They' seem to overlook the fact that the nuclear power stations were conceived when the airport was one of the busiest in the country and they are worried a 747 might crash or at worst be hijacked and crashed into afore mentioned power stations. I personally fear more for those living under the flight paths of Heathrow and Gatwick. Further they fear the act of hi jacking and subsequent demolition of the 'A' or 'B' structures. Any right thinking terrorist would hire a little Cessna and take it 60 miles up the road and crash it into the patio on the Thames of the House of Commons – far more world wide publicity in that action and far easier to organise.
I have said before I do not think any airline will, in the long term, find operating out of Lydd a viable proposition but if someone is prepared to inject £40 odd million into the local area then they should be given every assistance – not stopped by a pack of outsiders who have openly admitted they moved to the area to retire to the peace and quiet!
There has always been an airport here and any jobs created through the expansion should be welcomed.
There was a shortlist of a dozen or so areas that could be considered for nuclear power expansion. Dungeness was on the list, at the behest of EDF Energy back in April 2009 but when the government released details of the further reduced shortlist Dungeness did not appear. No valid reasons given. We have two power stations one of which has ceased operation and is currently being dismantled and it seemed logical for a replacement be constructed which would coincide with the winding down of the current 'B' station. The petition, supported by local Shepway MP, Damian Collins, seeks to get the government to reverse their decision. Under government rules if an on-line petition attracts in excess of 100,000 signatories the House of Commons are obliged to debate the matter.
The petition can be found here. All signatories welcome!
For the second year running we have had snow at Dungeness. Must be to do with global warming. Upshot is the place is beautifully quiet (no traffic) and there is an eerie calm about the place. The grey sky merges with the greyness of the sea and the snow softens the already bleak landscape resulting in tranquil haven. It used to be like this in the fifties (19 not 18).
It has just been noticed that four previous articles have been languishing in the 'draft' box – dating back to February of last year, April November and December – all a little out of date now!
One article was a mention that a local resident, Jean Couperthwaite had passed away. 41 years on the beach Jean, whose husband died 6 months earlier, ran the local railway cafe for many years. She leaves behind six children.
unusual for Dungeness but we have had reports of a few house break-ins. Probably local persons involved as they clearly knew the properties were not permanently lived in. I have suggested using bear traps around the perimeter of houses but evidently that goes against the European human rights of burglars. Alright to castrate the morons if we can catch them at it though!
The recently reported sale of the 'Pluto' bed and breakfast establishment fell through at the last-minute – so anyone out there who fancies a small business on this wild and windy part of the UK – get in touch!!