Council won’t replace windows at vandal-hit shelter in Budleigh Salterton this summer over fears they’ll be smashed a third time

Smashed windows at the vandal-hit Jubilee Shelter on Budleigh Salterton seafront will not be replaced this summer – as civic leaders fear a repeat of the damage.  

Town councillors will consider whether to install new panes at all in the autumn after a talks his week heard CCTV for the site was unlikely.

Representatives were asked whether to leave the windows on the western side of the structure without glass after they were shattered yet agin.

The meeting heard the popular shelter has been targeted by vandals twice in the last year.

Budleigh Town Council clerk Jo Vanstone told members on Monday that the broken glass cannot currently be removed as the authority’s property management contractor has furloughed its glaziers.

Councillors were opposed to the permanent loss of the windows.

Councillor Megan Kenneally-Stone said: “It is a shame for people not to be able to enjoy the shelter in the winter. If it’s left glass-less. then it’s not a shelter.

Cllr Lynda Evans added: “A lot of our birdwatchers and elderly like to sit in that shelter.

“Not to have glass in those two panes would make it a wet shelter…they might as well be sat on the beach.”

Cllr David Hayward called for CCTV in the area and said: “Every time we replace the glass it seems to be an incentive for them to come and break it again.”

Mrs Vanstone said the ‘CCTV situation’ is currently on hr ‘to-do’ list and that webcam schemes similar to those in Sidmouth and Exmouth have been explored.

“There’s no suitable location for a camera that would keep an eye on the shelter and café at the eastern end,” she added.

“The two best places possible are Blueberry Downs or at the other end at Steamer Steps.”

Councillors voted to leave the Jubilee Shelter without windows with a view to replacing the panes later in the year with toughened glass or some form of Perspex.

A council meeting last year heard the windows would cost more than £1,000 to replace.

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