Arson-hit shelter is open again

09:06 14 November 2012

The rebuilt shelter with its new thatched roof

The rebuilt shelter with its new thatched roof

Archant

Favourite seaside viewing point in Seaton gets a new roof thanks to Master Thatcher

Repairs to Seaton’s Castle Hill shelter have been completed following the arson attack which destroyed much of the building earlier this year.

The much- loved wooden building has been given a new roof by Master Thatcher Philip White, from Kilmington, and his team of Luke Jones and Ben Scofield.

They used Turkish water reed for the job with the ridge being made from straw, grown in Ilminster.

Mr White said the work – costing around £5,500 - had gone well and was completed in two weeks.

But he said it was amazing they got it done so quickly because so many people enquired about their progress.

“It was amazing - people stopped all the time to talk about it. It is definitely a very popular building,” he said.

The East Devon District Council owned shelter was destroyed by fire during spate of arson attacks in the town during March.

Angry residents hung a sign from the sealed off area simply asking the culprits “Why?”

Other blazes had been started deliberately at the Underfleet car park, the skate park and a bird hide on Colyford Common prompting police to warn that someone could be killed if the attacks continued.

Police say that despite their investigations no one has yet been charged in connection with the shelter fire.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:57
Designer Wayne Hemingway.

A top designer has been invited to have his say on the future of Exmouth seafront.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Dancers from Freestyle Fever joined Tesco staff at the Salterton Road store on Saturday in a Rio Olympics fund raising day for Tesco's chosen charities Diabetes UK and the BHF. Ref exe 33-16SH 5457 Picture: Simon Horn.

Olympic fever hit Exmouth as Tesco superstore hosted a Rio Olympics-inspired fundraiser.

Read more
Mon, 15:59

A coach driver found guilty of dangerous driving, killing a woman from Exmouth and a woman from Newton Poppleford during a day trip to Cornwall in 2014, has been jailed for five years.

Read more
Mon, 15:02
Looe coach crash 3

Coach death driver Martin Chun, from Exeter, has been found guilty at Truro Crown Court of causing the deaths of Margaret Luxton, from Exmouth, and Carol Muldoon, from Newton Poppleford, who died on an Age Concern Exmouth trip to Cornwall in 2014.

Read more
Mon, 14:18
A T-Rex goes on a walkabout around the Strand. Ref exe 34-16AW 4324. Picture: Alex Walton

Children and adults alike enjoyed the opening of the dinosaur safari in the Strand in Exmouth on Sunday.

Read more
Mon, 11:44
Beautiful Days 2016

If you are suffering from the festival blues because the party is over for another year, check out the photo gallery and re-live the fun.

Read more
Mon, 10:08
Exmouth lifeboat

Exmouth lifeboat volunteers helped a leisure fishing vehicle on Thursday (August 18) after it overheated seven miles south of Exmouth.

Read more
Mon, 10:00
Genette Tate, who went missing from Aylesbeare near Exeter, Devon in 1978.

The cancer stricken father of missing schoolgirl Genette Tate made a sad pilgrimage to her village church to mark the 38th anniversary of her disappearance.

Read more
Mon, 06:30
Ray Fry, left and his boyfriend, Luke Walker, right

A transgender teenage boy claims he has been twice refused a haircut, sneered at and whispered about since moving to Exmouth.

Read more
Sunday, August 21, 2016
The Ware family on Budleigh beach in 1904.

The world premiere of the first part of a film trilogy about the Ware family of Woodbury is coming up soon.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications