New eyesore blights beauty spot

A SUFFOLK beauty spot which was transformed in a major clean up operation has a new eyesore to deal with.Last August work began to remove five rotting boat hulks from the hard at Pin Mill at a cost of £62,000.

A SUFFOLK beauty spot which was transformed in a major clean up operation has a new eyesore to deal with.

Last August work began to remove five rotting boat hulks from the hard at Pin Mill at a cost of £62,000. Now after the huge clean up operation, the arrival of a mobile home has not been welcomed by the community.

Butt and Oyster pub manager Karl Pardon said: "This is worse than the hulks – they fitted in. A caravan on a lump of floating wood doesn't fit.

"Most people detest the thing. I think about 99 per cent of people think it shouldn't be here."

One of those people is Bryn HurrenBabergh councillor and chairman of the Pin Mill task group, which worked with the council to secure funding and remove the hulks.

He said: "I was shocked when I saw it, and not pleased.

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"We have already put an enforcement order on it but I think the owner has sold it on to a new tenant.

"It has moved. It was in the middle of the houseboats but has moved to the front of the hard.

"We have re-housed the previous owner in a Babergh council home.

And, according to Mr Hurren, action is being taken to find the new owner.

He added: "We have taken action but we cannot find the new owner, it is vexing. This is a matter of grave concern.

"We have represented the house boat owners in the past as there is evidence that they have been in the community for many years.

"This doesn't look like a boat – it is a caravan in the middle of the sea.

"It is horrendous and has been moved to the most prominent position where it will upset the community."

John Winders, Babergh's development control officer agreed, saying that the caravan was against Babergh's local plan.

He said: "We have the authority to take an enforcement action against it and this will be done as soon as we have established the owner and occupier.

"The previous owner respected the enforcement order and told me he had sold it on.

"It has been dragged up here in the most inconsiderate place, sticking two fingers up at everyone else."

The owner of the caravan declined to comment.

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