Homeless man who built a beachfront house is told to knock it

And Susan, a grandmother from Folkestone, added: “I think he’s done a nice job on it. It’s a place for him and his dog to sleep – it’s better than them being in the doorway of a shop.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The "house" is right on the seafront The “house” is right on the seafrontCredit:JIM BENNETT Passers by said the hut has only been put up in the past week. There was no sign of the man yesterday (Fri).A Folkestone and Hythe District Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the illegal structure on Marine Walk and our officers have issued notice for the man who is residing there to vacate and remove his belongings next week. The structure will then be dismantled.”We are working closely with Porchlight and the Rainbow Centre who have made contact with the man to help him access the relevant help and support.” A homeless man who built a beachfront ‘house’ has been told to knock it down by a council who said he is trespassing.The makeshift home, on Folkestone’s Marine Walk, includes a front door, window and a tarpaulin roof erected between two concrete walls.It even has a garden with potted plants and hanging baskets next to it. But now the structure faces being torn down after Folkestone and Hythe District Council pinned an eviction notice to the front door, warning that the structure was illegal.Part of the eviction notice states: “To the unauthorised occupant. Folkestone & Hythe District Council has become aware that you are using this structure to either sleep in and/or to store belongings.”This is private property of the council and therefore you are trespassing.”Local residents in Kent hit back at a council decision to demolish a homeless man’s seafront shack.Shelly Stockbridge said: “Local residents need to make a stand, protest in front of it so they CAN’T demolish it. The council should be ashamed of themselves.”Janet Andrews added: “It’s a work of art, let it stay.”

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