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Highcliffe huts need consent says minister

Environment minister Rory Stewart MP has confirmed that beach huts at Highcliffe require consent from Natural England. The large huts are to be erected on the cliff face for George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces television programme according to Christchurch Council. Concrete … Continue reading

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Highcliffe huts: Cost and infrastructure details revealed

Christchurch Council has secretly set aside almost £100,000 to build the controversial beach huts along the unspoilt SSSI designated cliffs at Highcliffe. The full story appears in today’s Bournemouth Daily Echo. The Council has suddenly confirmed the fears of protesters … Continue reading

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Kaiser Wilhelm: 75th anniversary

Kaiser Wilhelm, who who stayed at Highcliffe Castle in 1907 during the long uneasy build-up to the First World War, died 75 years ago today. On defeat he had been moved to Holland and his death there in exile came in … Continue reading

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Highcliffe Huts: Petition presented as MP steps in

A petition objecting to the building of 12 large overnight beach retreats on Highcliffe cliffs has been delivered to the Chrictchurch Civic Offices in Bridge Street. The objections presented on Tuesday morning were gathered by the Friends of Highcliffe Beaches … Continue reading

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Capability Brown at Highcliffe Castle

This is Capability Brown’s tercentenary year  so the main summer exhibition at Highcliffe Castle is devoted to the famous landscape garden designer. He was responsible for the first garden at Highcliffe. Lord Bute, briefly Prime Minister, was living at Luton … Continue reading

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Eddie Marriott’s Wellington Tower painting

Eddie Marriott’s lovely depiction of the Wellington Tower is a feature of Purbeck Art Weeks at Swanage. The tower was built to honour the Duke of Wellington, hero of the Battle of Waterloo, and first stood next to Southwark Cathedral … Continue reading

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Highcliffe huts: Sign the petition

The Friends of Highcliffe Beaches and Cliffs has a website. Those worried about the proposed TV beach huts can sign petition on the site.

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TV beach huts at Highcliffe: The protest grows

Enjoy the walk between Highcliffe Castle and Chewton Bunny now. By the autumn this lovely coast path cliff walk, starting at the bottom and then climbing to the top, will be pitted with very large ‘beach huts’. They will be … Continue reading

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Flog It! at Highcliffe Castle

Flog It! on BBC1 comes from Highcliffe Castle on Thursday afternoon 19 May. The broadcast starts at 4.30pm and the break in the middle promises a look around the castle’s salvage room. Another Flog It! programme from the castle on Friday 27 … Continue reading

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Cliff fall: Coast Path stays open

A serious cliff fall on Bournemouth’s East Cliff on Sunday morning has damaged not only the cliff lift but also closed the nearby zigzag. Now, as  precaution, the East Overcliff Drive has been closed to traffic. The road is closed except for access … Continue reading

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