Residents’ upset at “big, blue monster”

Stewart Mouland motorcaravans, Telscombe Cliffs SUS-150807-161633008
Stewart Mouland motorcaravans, Telscombe Cliffs SUS-150807-161633008

A motorcaravan showroom in Telscombe is causing upset among local residents because of its size and its colour.

Last year, Lewes District Council granted planning permission to Stewart Mouland Motorcaravans to redevelop their showroom, on South Coast Road.

Stewart Mouland motorcaravans, Telscombe Cliffs SUS-150807-161840008

Stewart Mouland motorcaravans, Telscombe Cliffs SUS-150807-161840008

However, the result has angered a number of local residents, who claim the bright blue building is “a blot on the landscape” and “denying homeowners their privacy”.

Steve Quinn, who lives just a few doors down from the showroom, said: “None of the local residents can believe somebody can build something like that - and that it was granted planning permission in the first place.

“Two or three people have already put their homes up for sale because of it, and I’ll probably do the same next year.

“It used to be a single storey showroom but now it’s absolutely huge, and they’ve moved the offices and windows so that instead of overlooking the road, they overlook our gardens. It’s invading our privacy and I constantly feel like they’re watching me and my children - I try to put on a brave face for them but it’s not nice.

“It’s the colour that’s upsetting most people as well, because it looks so out of place in our lovely area. It’s blighting our landscape and there’s one elderly woman who can’t look out of her conservatory without having her view blocked by this big, blue building.”

Residents have set up a Twitter page, called Telscombe Blue Shed, with the aim of lobbying Lewes District Council for a colour change to the building, which they describe as “a monster”.

Mayor of Telscombe, Councillor Wayne Botting, tweeted the group, saying: “I agree with the community. The colour is not inkeeping with the street scene, has no place here!”

Stewart Mouland Motorcaravans was unavailable to comment to the Sussex Express, but employee Nick Mouland told BBC South East Today: “The colour is something we picked - we didn’t want to go for a dreary, old grey, we wanted to go for something different, something that would stand out a little bit but without being too obtrusive and too aggressive. We think blue is a nice, calming colour.”

It is thought the cost of changing the colour would run into the tens of thousands.

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