Yobs blitz showpiece Shoebury beach huts

Basildon Recorder: Calm before the storm – Trevor Smith relaxes at his beach hut earlier this month Calm before the storm – Trevor Smith relaxes at his beach hut earlier this month

A ROW of new beach huts, each worth more than £20,000, has been targeted by vandals.

Campaigners fought against the 15 traditional wooden buildings on East Beach, Shoebury, for fear they would attract vandalism.

Nowowners have been left to pay the bill for a string of repairs after minor damage to doors, bolts and locks.

Smashed bottles are also regularly left across the beach.

Grandfather Trevor Smith, 59, of Lifstan Way, Thorpe Bay, bought his bright yellow hut, which has a fitted kitchen, so his family could enjoy funfilled days together.

He would not reveal how much he paid, but estate agent Haart accepted sealed bids of more than £20,000.

Mr Smith said: “It is little things, but the same has been done along all the huts. My door pulley system has been damaged and covers on our locks ripped off. It’s very irritating. We’re having to fork out for repairs. We’ve also had problems with smashed bottles. When you’ve children or grandchildren around, you don’t want that.

“I had a beach hut in Thorpe Bay. I got rid of it because of graffiti. My wife said I would regret it when we had grandchildren. As soon as these came on the market, I made an offer. They are rare. Huts like these don’t come up very often.’’

Three sets of CCTV cameras are being installed at East Beach – at the end of Rampart Street, in the main car park by the beach and by the flaghole opposite the car park.

It is hoped the security measures, going live next month, will curb antisocial behaviour and promote the area as a safe place for families.

Roger Hadley, Tory councillor for Shoebury, devised the idea for the huts last year to bring in a profit for Southend Council.

He said: “CCTV deters vandalism, because people know they’re being recorded.’’

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11:33am Wed 30 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

guaranteed to be nothing but bother....... I'd rent them out, in the winter months, to migrant workers, to pay for the repairs..........
guaranteed to be nothing but bother....... I'd rent them out, in the winter months, to migrant workers, to pay for the repairs.......... pembury53
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Cockle says...

Roger Hadley, Tory councillor for Shoebury, devised the idea for the huts last year to bring in a profit for Southend Council.

Right, OK then Mr Hadley, just how much profit did these huts make for the Council?

Fifteen huts @ about £20k a piece would bring in £300k less the building cost, design cost, agents fees, etc.
Now we are going to have the cost of installing three CCTV cameras with all the civils involved don't suppose they'll be cheap not forgetting the ongoing maintenance and repair costs on an annual basis.

Are we going to see the figures or do I feel a FoI request coming on to get to the bottom of the true profit and cost of this little vanity project?

Funnily enough, many people right at the beginning made the point that this site would be prone to vandalism, just as it was years ago. Seems lessons are rarely learned from history....
Roger Hadley, Tory councillor for Shoebury, devised the idea for the huts last year to bring in a profit for Southend Council. Right, OK then Mr Hadley, just how much profit did these huts make for the Council? Fifteen huts @ about £20k a piece would bring in £300k less the building cost, design cost, agents fees, etc. Now we are going to have the cost of installing three CCTV cameras with all the civils involved don't suppose they'll be cheap not forgetting the ongoing maintenance and repair costs on an annual basis. Are we going to see the figures or do I feel a FoI request coming on to get to the bottom of the true profit and cost of this little vanity project? Funnily enough, many people right at the beginning made the point that this site would be prone to vandalism, just as it was years ago. Seems lessons are rarely learned from history.... Cockle
  • Score: 16

2:12pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.
We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -25

2:42pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Sensible Man says...

So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach?

Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.
So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach? Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off. Sensible Man
  • Score: 9

2:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Sensible Man wrote:
So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach? Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.
they'll have squatters before long, mark my words.......
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach? Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.[/p][/quote]they'll have squatters before long, mark my words....... pembury53
  • Score: 8

3:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Bound to happen, to those sea sheds
Bound to happen, to those sea sheds sesibollox
  • Score: 6

3:57pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Nelly99 says...

sesibollox wrote:
Bound to happen, to those sea sheds
Was just about to say that. I do feel for the people that bought them but it was odds on to happen. 16 Grand for a wooden shed that will probably blow into the sea if SBC and their silly wall are to be believed. Fool and his money.....
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Bound to happen, to those sea sheds[/p][/quote]Was just about to say that. I do feel for the people that bought them but it was odds on to happen. 16 Grand for a wooden shed that will probably blow into the sea if SBC and their silly wall are to be believed. Fool and his money..... Nelly99
  • Score: 8

4:32pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Almeda11 says...

Sensible Man wrote:
So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach? Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.
Completely agree with your comment. l knew this would happen as soon as l read the original article. Southend has too many chavvy/yobby " parents" who treat their children like dirt then wonder when the children are older and turn out the same and do things like this, hardly surprising!.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach? Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with your comment. l knew this would happen as soon as l read the original article. Southend has too many chavvy/yobby " parents" who treat their children like dirt then wonder when the children are older and turn out the same and do things like this, hardly surprising!. Almeda11
  • Score: 10

5:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Julie57 says...

Sensible Man wrote:
So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach?

Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.
Excuse me why are you blaming east london for the percentage of yobs/vandals when most of them are born right here in essex.l
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach? Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.[/p][/quote]Excuse me why are you blaming east london for the percentage of yobs/vandals when most of them are born right here in essex.l Julie57
  • Score: 1

6:37pm Wed 30 Apr 14

the25man says...

Of course if you put a padlock on a shed it's there to be smashed off as there's got to be something good inside. That's what some idiots believe. Also a plain painted area needs to be brightened up with the local tags
Of course if you put a padlock on a shed it's there to be smashed off as there's got to be something good inside. That's what some idiots believe. Also a plain painted area needs to be brightened up with the local tags the25man
  • Score: 2

8:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

We always used to have a good laugh, down the sea sheds of shoeburee, running along with a stick, clickerclacker....
We always used to have a good laugh, down the sea sheds of shoeburee, running along with a stick, clickerclacker.... sesibollox
  • Score: -6

9:35pm Wed 30 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

sesibollox wrote:
We always used to have a good laugh, down the sea sheds of shoeburee, running along with a stick, clickerclacker....
you really are are dinosaur.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: We always used to have a good laugh, down the sea sheds of shoeburee, running along with a stick, clickerclacker....[/p][/quote]you really are are dinosaur. profondo asbo
  • Score: 4

10:31pm Wed 30 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

“I had a beach hut in Thorpe Bay. I got rid of it because of graffiti. My wife said I would regret it when we had grandchildren. As soon as these came on the market, I made an offer. They are rare. Huts like these don’t come up very often.’’

out of the frying pan and into the fire.
“I had a beach hut in Thorpe Bay. I got rid of it because of graffiti. My wife said I would regret it when we had grandchildren. As soon as these came on the market, I made an offer. They are rare. Huts like these don’t come up very often.’’ out of the frying pan and into the fire. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 7

10:35pm Wed 30 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

profondo asbo wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
We always used to have a good laugh, down the sea sheds of shoeburee, running along with a stick, clickerclacker....
you really are are dinosaur.
a sesibolloxsaurus..?
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: We always used to have a good laugh, down the sea sheds of shoeburee, running along with a stick, clickerclacker....[/p][/quote]you really are are dinosaur.[/p][/quote]a sesibolloxsaurus..? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

11:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

smiffy22 says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.
It's only the worthless thick scum that do the vandalism. I didn't do it nor did anyone I know. Nor do my kids.
I used to spend summers making gunpowder, small cannons, and small bombs. Yet we never damaged anything or anyone, except for leaving small pockmarks in the rough ground, or blowing holes in scrap planks of work. We had fun without interfering with anyone, but then we were not worthless thick scum.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.[/p][/quote]It's only the worthless thick scum that do the vandalism. I didn't do it nor did anyone I know. Nor do my kids. I used to spend summers making gunpowder, small cannons, and small bombs. Yet we never damaged anything or anyone, except for leaving small pockmarks in the rough ground, or blowing holes in scrap planks of work. We had fun without interfering with anyone, but then we were not worthless thick scum. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22
  • Score: 8

11:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

smiffy22 says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.
BS.there is far more for kids to do now than than forty years ago.cinema. bowling. Computer games. Nonstop kids TV. Facebook. Emails. Etc.
Do you think we had entertainment laid on for us forty years ago? No. Just a bike. A beano annual. Half hour of kids' TV. Snakes and ladders. A plastic cricket bat and ball. Loco. But we didn't go around vandalising other people's property, we used our imagination an willingness to explore.
Don't make excuses for the worthless garbage.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.[/p][/quote]BS.there is far more for kids to do now than than forty years ago.cinema. bowling. Computer games. Nonstop kids TV. Facebook. Emails. Etc. Do you think we had entertainment laid on for us forty years ago? No. Just a bike. A beano annual. Half hour of kids' TV. Snakes and ladders. A plastic cricket bat and ball. Loco. But we didn't go around vandalising other people's property, we used our imagination an willingness to explore. Don't make excuses for the worthless garbage. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22
  • Score: 12

11:59pm Wed 30 Apr 14

smiffy22 says...

Julie57 wrote:
Sensible Man wrote:
So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach?

Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.
Excuse me why are you blaming east london for the percentage of yobs/vandals when most of them are born right here in essex.l
That' what he said, he just added the London fallout as an unfortunate top-up :-)
Regards
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]Julie57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: So - is anyone really surprised? What did people expect when they purchased a hut at East Beach? Southend / Shoebury appear to have a large number of brainless / stupid yobs and vandals. You just need to read the Echo each day for regular examples of this!! And as Spring / Summer progress we will have the joys of half of East London spilling out whenever the sun shines - no doubt incorporating a percentage of yobs / vandals. It is a shame for the hut-buyers but - in all honestly - they should have seen this sort of thing coming a mile off.[/p][/quote]Excuse me why are you blaming east london for the percentage of yobs/vandals when most of them are born right here in essex.l[/p][/quote]That' what he said, he just added the London fallout as an unfortunate top-up :-) Regards Smiffy22 smiffy22
  • Score: 6

10:19am Thu 1 May 14

Almeda11 says...

smiffy22 wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote: We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.
BS.there is far more for kids to do now than than forty years ago.cinema. bowling. Computer games. Nonstop kids TV. Facebook. Emails. Etc. Do you think we had entertainment laid on for us forty years ago? No. Just a bike. A beano annual. Half hour of kids' TV. Snakes and ladders. A plastic cricket bat and ball. Loco. But we didn't go around vandalising other people's property, we used our imagination an willingness to explore. Don't make excuses for the worthless garbage. Regards, Smiffy22
Yes, agreed, l was around at that time too. But, parents in general were better then, and by that l mean that parents then were strict but fair, and l never saw the kind of yobby/chavvy so called parents that we have now.
Walk down the High St any day of the week and you will see them. They treat their children like dirt, have no self esteem, or respect for their unfortunate children, society or themselves.
No self control either, often screaming obscenities, or .hitting tiny 2 year olds in the street. And if that is what happens in the streets God knows what goes on behind closed doors, so, given an upbringing like that l`m hardly surprised that some children from homes like that turn out the way they do.
[quote][p][bold]smiffy22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.[/p][/quote]BS.there is far more for kids to do now than than forty years ago.cinema. bowling. Computer games. Nonstop kids TV. Facebook. Emails. Etc. Do you think we had entertainment laid on for us forty years ago? No. Just a bike. A beano annual. Half hour of kids' TV. Snakes and ladders. A plastic cricket bat and ball. Loco. But we didn't go around vandalising other people's property, we used our imagination an willingness to explore. Don't make excuses for the worthless garbage. Regards, Smiffy22[/p][/quote]Yes, agreed, l was around at that time too. But, parents in general were better then, and by that l mean that parents then were strict but fair, and l never saw the kind of yobby/chavvy so called parents that we have now. Walk down the High St any day of the week and you will see them. They treat their children like dirt, have no self esteem, or respect for their unfortunate children, society or themselves. No self control either, often screaming obscenities, or .hitting tiny 2 year olds in the street. And if that is what happens in the streets God knows what goes on behind closed doors, so, given an upbringing like that l`m hardly surprised that some children from homes like that turn out the way they do. Almeda11
  • Score: 3

10:44am Thu 1 May 14

cg1blue says...

Cockle wrote:
Roger Hadley, Tory councillor for Shoebury, devised the idea for the huts last year to bring in a profit for Southend Council. Right, OK then Mr Hadley, just how much profit did these huts make for the Council? Fifteen huts @ about £20k a piece would bring in £300k less the building cost, design cost, agents fees, etc. Now we are going to have the cost of installing three CCTV cameras with all the civils involved don't suppose they'll be cheap not forgetting the ongoing maintenance and repair costs on an annual basis. Are we going to see the figures or do I feel a FoI request coming on to get to the bottom of the true profit and cost of this little vanity project? Funnily enough, many people right at the beginning made the point that this site would be prone to vandalism, just as it was years ago. Seems lessons are rarely learned from history....
Don't the council also earn ongoing ground rent from the hut owners?
[quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: Roger Hadley, Tory councillor for Shoebury, devised the idea for the huts last year to bring in a profit for Southend Council. Right, OK then Mr Hadley, just how much profit did these huts make for the Council? Fifteen huts @ about £20k a piece would bring in £300k less the building cost, design cost, agents fees, etc. Now we are going to have the cost of installing three CCTV cameras with all the civils involved don't suppose they'll be cheap not forgetting the ongoing maintenance and repair costs on an annual basis. Are we going to see the figures or do I feel a FoI request coming on to get to the bottom of the true profit and cost of this little vanity project? Funnily enough, many people right at the beginning made the point that this site would be prone to vandalism, just as it was years ago. Seems lessons are rarely learned from history....[/p][/quote]Don't the council also earn ongoing ground rent from the hut owners? cg1blue
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Thu 1 May 14

sesibollox says...

smiffy22 wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.
It's only the worthless thick scum that do the vandalism. I didn't do it nor did anyone I know. Nor do my kids.
I used to spend summers making gunpowder, small cannons, and small bombs. Yet we never damaged anything or anyone, except for leaving small pockmarks in the rough ground, or blowing holes in scrap planks of work. We had fun without interfering with anyone, but then we were not worthless thick scum.
Regards,
Smiffy22
Good if you need a P; those huts, four choices to hide behind...
[quote][p][bold]smiffy22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.[/p][/quote]It's only the worthless thick scum that do the vandalism. I didn't do it nor did anyone I know. Nor do my kids. I used to spend summers making gunpowder, small cannons, and small bombs. Yet we never damaged anything or anyone, except for leaving small pockmarks in the rough ground, or blowing holes in scrap planks of work. We had fun without interfering with anyone, but then we were not worthless thick scum. Regards, Smiffy22[/p][/quote]Good if you need a P; those huts, four choices to hide behind... sesibollox
  • Score: 1

2:22pm Thu 1 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.
I tell you, it's coming back to you.

In spades.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.[/p][/quote]I tell you, it's coming back to you. In spades. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

2:27pm Thu 1 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

smiffy22 wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.
It's only the worthless thick scum that do the vandalism. I didn't do it nor did anyone I know. Nor do my kids.
I used to spend summers making gunpowder, small cannons, and small bombs. Yet we never damaged anything or anyone, except for leaving small pockmarks in the rough ground, or blowing holes in scrap planks of work. We had fun without interfering with anyone, but then we were not worthless thick scum.
Regards,
Smiffy22
Unfortunately some worthless thick scum comment daily on this website, glorying in their former misdeeds.

You don't have to look far to find them, revelling in the fact that they've destroyed people's property, done burglary and driven at 60 in a 30 zone.

Honestly, some of the lower life forms you see here sometimes...
[quote][p][bold]smiffy22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: We used to do things like that when we were kids. No big deal really is it. Nothing for kids to do nowadays.[/p][/quote]It's only the worthless thick scum that do the vandalism. I didn't do it nor did anyone I know. Nor do my kids. I used to spend summers making gunpowder, small cannons, and small bombs. Yet we never damaged anything or anyone, except for leaving small pockmarks in the rough ground, or blowing holes in scrap planks of work. We had fun without interfering with anyone, but then we were not worthless thick scum. Regards, Smiffy22[/p][/quote]Unfortunately some worthless thick scum comment daily on this website, glorying in their former misdeeds. You don't have to look far to find them, revelling in the fact that they've destroyed people's property, done burglary and driven at 60 in a 30 zone. Honestly, some of the lower life forms you see here sometimes... Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

2:30pm Thu 1 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

I'm not sure which is the bigger crime, being charged £20,000 for a wooden hut or trashing one.

I know these things are part of our culture but that's scandalous. After all it is just a wooden hut painted with stripes. They are nothing special inside and certainly not inhabitable.

All that said, I think it's time little yobs like this were caught - and damage inflicted on their property to see how they like it.
I'm not sure which is the bigger crime, being charged £20,000 for a wooden hut or trashing one. I know these things are part of our culture but that's scandalous. After all it is just a wooden hut painted with stripes. They are nothing special inside and certainly not inhabitable. All that said, I think it's time little yobs like this were caught - and damage inflicted on their property to see how they like it. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

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