Chalet saga ‘a joke’ says veteran councillor

Stan Williams – “weak and pathetic to allow the council to be treated like this”

THE ongoing saga of getting a dilapidated chalet on Monmouth Beach replaced has been described as “a joke” by veteran Lyme Regs councillor Stan Williams.

A report by deputy town clerk Mark Green, considered at a meeting of the Town Management Committee, reminded members that the condition and replacement of No 18 Monmouth Beach was first considered in September 2016.

Mr Green said that since then the committee had received regular updates on the issue, including action taken to repossess the site in the absence of satisfactory progress being made by the owners of the chalet.

At a meeting in November last year it was reported that the owners of chalet 18 were in the process of arranging to have the existing chalet demolished and their contractor had contacted the town clerk, John Wright, to discuss timing of the demolition.

It was also reported that the owners had been in contact with a chalet provider about the provision of a replacement construction and members were asked to approve plans showing the intended floor plan and design.

Councillors, however, felt unable to approve the plans without further information and detailed plans.

Mr Green said the plans showed a construction similar to six nearby chalets measuring nine metres by six metres.

He also reported that Western Power had disconnected the electricity supply to the original chalet and demolition could now take place.

Mr Green reported that he had spoken to the owners on February 20th and reiterated the importance of the demolition work taking place without any further delay.

Talks had also taken place with the contractor and it was emphasised that the legal notice would not be withdrawn and there was an urgent need for “clear evidence of substantive and swift progress”.

Cllr Williams said he could not believe that they could not get the chalet demolished.

He said: “We are at the end of February. No work will be done until after April at the very least. We have got to be crazy. Two and a half years to get a chalet removed.

“This is so weak and pathetic in my view allowing people to treat us like this. If one can do it, everyone can do it. If the work is not done before April 1st, the site should be withdrawn and let to someone else. It’s a joke.”

Cllr Stephen Miller pointed out that, not withstanding Cllr Williams’ comments, they were just being asked to approve floor plan drawings to replace the chalet .

A recommendation to do so was approved and will now go before the full council for final approval on March 28th.

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