New-age campers can stay on Budleigh beach

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 August 2017

Photographer and writer Christoph Gabriel Gottel, 55, and his partner Renata Gabriella Grizbacher, 48, have been on Budleigh beach for some weeks, living in a tent. Picture: Paul Strange.

Photographer and writer Christoph Gabriel Gottel, 55, and his partner Renata Gabriella Grizbacher, 48, have been on Budleigh beach for some weeks, living in a tent. Picture: Paul Strange.

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A visiting couple living in a tent on Budleigh Salterton beach in East Devon have been given the green light to stay by the authorities.

For several weeks, Hungarian-German new-age couple Christoph Gottel, 55, a photographer and writer, and his partner Renata Grizbacher, 48, have called the beach their home, setting up camp close to the nudist area.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) said this week that the well-behaved couple were allowed to stay indefinitely - and had even been helping keep the area tidy.

An EDDC spokeswoman said the pair had been respectful and helpful throughout their stay.

She added that police are only ever called, and people moved on, if they are deemed a nuisance.

“We don’t believe the people camping on the beach are contravening any byelaws,” said the EDDC spokeswoman.

“We have been in contact with them and they are not causing a nuisance, are well-behaved and are even cleaning up other people’s litter from the beach.”

The couple, who are published authors, said they know their current accommodation, among the pebbles, is unorthodox.

Christoph and Renata have plans to move on soon.

They say living on Budleigh beach has given them time to relax away from any demands of life.

“It was an urge to be free from all the pressures in the society, to make a pause for breath, to re-think what to do further,” said Christoph.

While in the UK, the couple hope to meet one of their all-time heroes – Genesis P Orridge – the British performance artist who fronted alternative bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV during the 1970s and ’80s.

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