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Wronged residents seek new shelter

A jaunt to design shelters in Bexhill-on-Sea has whipped up a storm in East Sussex

Initially won in competition by newbies Michael Tite and Tom Ebdon, the CABE-backed project later asked the more experienced Duggan Morris Architects to take its second-place scheme forward.

However, the Save Our Seafront (SOS) group still wants a total rethink of the design. When the council questioned the level of shelter provided, SOS chair Ron Storkey said: ‘Duggan Morris’ architectural team explained “they had wanted to be honest with the environment; they weren’t seeking to provide enclosed shelter, but were embracing the weather”. Residents do not want, in the words of the designers, to “embrace the weather”. They want the shelters to do that for them.’

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