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SEATON: Holiday lodges will reopen for new season
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
THE owner of the Sea Shanty Holiday Lodges in Branscombe has vowed they will be open for business for the new season.
Anthony Sellick, who lives is Seaton, has been forced to make significant repairs to imposing the cliff-side site after the winter storms wreaked severe damage.
Two of the lodges look beyond rescue after their foundations were eroded and have been left teetering on the brink.
Mr Selick has also been forced to re-route one of the access roads on the lower part of the site after a landslip left a gaping hole which prevented access to several of the holiday homes.
But Mr Sellick stressed he and his team had been working around the clock to rectify the problems and ensure the park is in operation for the new season which will begin in earnest next month.
“We have had to re-locate two of our caravans in order to re-route the road that was damaged,” said Mr Sellick.
“Two of the chalets are looking precarious and may have to be sacrificed.
“But that is what happens when you suffer 20-30 years’ worth of erosion in just three weeks.
“Now that everything is drying out things are starting to look better but obviously it has hurt us though I think we have fared pretty well compared to most people.”
Despite the repair work and the re-arrangement of the site, which offers stunning views across Lyme Bay, Mr Sellick was expecting part of the facility to be open this week.
The disruption to the Sea Shanty Holiday Lodges follows the damage suffered to the Branscombe Beach chalets which took the full brunt of the storms as they are located at the back of the beach on ground level.
The 13 charming cedar wood chalets on west beach are still usable but the access road was completely washed away and is currently still under repair.
The future of the five chalets on east beach looks grim as their foundations have been seriously undermined.
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