Anger over Hythe 'eyesore'

Anger over village 'eyesore'

Hythe residents who are angry about derelict land in their village. Picture by Ian Hinchliffe. Order no: order no: 18959553

'Eyesore' - the derelict site in Hythe.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CAMPAIGNERS are demanding urgent action to end the “scandal” surrounding an eyesore site in the middle of a Hampshire shopping centre.

The land, which has stood derelict since a chandlery was demolished eight years ago, is covered in rubble, broken glass and the remains of a shed.

A gate leading to adjoining homes means anyone can gain access to the site in Pylewell Road, Hythe.

Neighbours include Harry McCabe, 89, and his wife Jean, 87, whose garden gate has been padlocked and boarded up to prevent people using it as a shortcut to nearby shops.

Mrs McCabe said they were thinking of putting up a fence to replace the one that blew down in the storms earlier this year.

“It’s got to the stage where we just want to block it off,” she said.

Fellow villager Ken Fox added: “This is an ugly eyesore that ruins the attractiveness of the surrounding area.

“There used to be boards surrounding the site to hide it from public view.

“Since they blew down all that’s been done is to erect netting, which does nothing except expose the rubbish tip that the site has become.

“It’s seriously affecting what is otherwise a pretty pedestrian street lined by shops, offices and cafes.

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“This is a public scandal in an attractive village that’s known as the gateway to the New Forest and relies heavily on the tourist trade.”

Campaigners have enlisted the support of Brian Dash and other members of the local parish council.

Cllr Dash said: “The land is an eyesore and includes a shed containing goodness knows what.

“Why should villagers have to look at something like that for years on end?”

The site is owned by John Mobey, trading as Solotop Ltd.

A district council spokesman said: “In 2012 we granted planning permission for a ground floor shop and first floor offices to be built on the site.

“However, the owner has advised us that he is not in a position to implement the development.

“We’ve requested the owner clears the site.

“If he fails to comply, the council will have no option but to serve a notice requiring him to undertake the work. If the notice is not acted upon the owner could face prosecution and a fine.”

Mr Mobey said he was applying for planning permission to alter the scheme approved two years ago by building three flats instead of offices.

He claimed the site had been cleared on “numerous occasions”

but was being targeted by vandals and fly-tippers.

“We have sympathy for the residents,”

added Mr Mobey.

“But fly-tipping and vandalism appears to be unavoidable, however much money is spent on clearing the site.”

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10:47am Tue 29 Jul 14

melting pot says...

That land is an eyesore!!! What about the refinery or worse still netley zoo,sorry view.
That land is an eyesore!!! What about the refinery or worse still netley zoo,sorry view. melting pot
  • Score: -7

11:10am Tue 29 Jul 14

wwozzer says...

Is this what happens when you retire and have nothing to do...you move to a village and get angry about stuff most of us haven't got the time or inclination to give a toss about?
Is this what happens when you retire and have nothing to do...you move to a village and get angry about stuff most of us haven't got the time or inclination to give a toss about? wwozzer
  • Score: 0

11:44am Tue 29 Jul 14

Linesman says...

melting pot wrote:
That land is an eyesore!!! What about the refinery or worse still netley zoo,sorry view.
What about the refinery?
Have you not got a car?
If not, where do you think the fuel that the bus runs on is produced?
Cook by gas?
The refinery also produces gas.
Do you ever paint your house, inside or out?
The oil in oil-based paint - where do you think that is produced?
Never go abroad on holiday, and go by air?
There is a pipeline from the Fawley Refinery to London Airport, providing fuel for aircraft.
No motor mower or hedge trimmer?
Guess what they run on.
Oil fired power stations, feeding the national grid.
Where do you think the oil comes from?

Fawley refinery may not be everyone's idea of a beauty spot, but we would be in one hell of a spot without it.
[quote][p][bold]melting pot[/bold] wrote: That land is an eyesore!!! What about the refinery or worse still netley zoo,sorry view.[/p][/quote]What about the refinery? Have you not got a car? If not, where do you think the fuel that the bus runs on is produced? Cook by gas? The refinery also produces gas. Do you ever paint your house, inside or out? The oil in oil-based paint - where do you think that is produced? Never go abroad on holiday, and go by air? There is a pipeline from the Fawley Refinery to London Airport, providing fuel for aircraft. No motor mower or hedge trimmer? Guess what they run on. Oil fired power stations, feeding the national grid. Where do you think the oil comes from? Fawley refinery may not be everyone's idea of a beauty spot, but we would be in one hell of a spot without it. Linesman
  • Score: 11

12:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

melting pot says...

lol.............I got a bite..........
lol.............I got a bite.......... melting pot
  • Score: -4

12:16pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Zexagon says...

wwozzer wrote:
Is this what happens when you retire and have nothing to do...you move to a village and get angry about stuff most of us haven't got the time or inclination to give a toss about?
They've not discovered the echo comments pages yet
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: Is this what happens when you retire and have nothing to do...you move to a village and get angry about stuff most of us haven't got the time or inclination to give a toss about?[/p][/quote]They've not discovered the echo comments pages yet Zexagon
  • Score: 7

12:26pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Linesman says...

melting pot wrote:
lol.............I got a bite..........
I should have realised.

Of course, school has broken up and the chorus of, "Mum! I'm bored!" has apparently started already.

If you behave yourself, she may take you to Netley Zoo - sorry! View.
[quote][p][bold]melting pot[/bold] wrote: lol.............I got a bite..........[/p][/quote]I should have realised. Of course, school has broken up and the chorus of, "Mum! I'm bored!" has apparently started already. If you behave yourself, she may take you to Netley Zoo - sorry! View. Linesman
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Tue 29 Jul 14

espanuel says...

melting pot wrote:
That land is an eyesore!!! What about the refinery or worse still netley zoo,sorry view.
Try driving past the refinery and tell us all what you see. Reason I say that is because there is a tree belt line that you would have difficulty seeing through. I don't live at N/View but I would determine there are a few eyesores in the So 'ton area. I think you are very narrow minded. As Linesman has said we would be in one hell of a spot without it and employment if it should shut down tomorrow and the resources that rely on the refinery..
[quote][p][bold]melting pot[/bold] wrote: That land is an eyesore!!! What about the refinery or worse still netley zoo,sorry view.[/p][/quote]Try driving past the refinery and tell us all what you see. Reason I say that is because there is a tree belt line that you would have difficulty seeing through. I don't live at N/View but I would determine there are a few eyesores in the So 'ton area. I think you are very narrow minded. As Linesman has said we would be in one hell of a spot without it and employment if it should shut down tomorrow and the resources that rely on the refinery.. espanuel
  • Score: 7

1:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

forest hump says...

melting pot wrote:
lol.............I got a bite..........
You sir are a child.
[quote][p][bold]melting pot[/bold] wrote: lol.............I got a bite..........[/p][/quote]You sir are a child. forest hump
  • Score: 4

1:23pm Tue 29 Jul 14

sparkster says...

We used to live in Blackfield and I always thought the refinery well landscaped, yes we'd be in one hell of a spot without it, some seem to think oil gas etc. just appears by magic, there are worse eyesores
We used to live in Blackfield and I always thought the refinery well landscaped, yes we'd be in one hell of a spot without it, some seem to think oil gas etc. just appears by magic, there are worse eyesores sparkster
  • Score: 5

2:06pm Tue 29 Jul 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Gasp! Those people in the photo - they're all...they're all.......ELDERLY!
Gasp! Those people in the photo - they're all...they're all.......ELDERLY! MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: -6

2:33pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Linesman says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
Gasp! Those people in the photo - they're all...they're all.......ELDERLY!
So will you be - when you grow up.
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: Gasp! Those people in the photo - they're all...they're all.......ELDERLY![/p][/quote]So will you be - when you grow up. Linesman
  • Score: 4

6:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

The Phantomerer says...

I live in Hythe and I am very angry!
I live in Hythe and I am very angry! The Phantomerer
  • Score: 0

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