Fuming OAP’s flat loses £50,000 in value after ‘horrible’ toilets ruin sea view

A pensioner has had £50,000 knocked off the value of his luxury seafront property after the local council built an unsightly plastic toilet block on the beach opposite his house.

James Johnston, 87, had to drastically lower the price of his apartment in Bognor Regis because of the unfortunate development.

The property boasts a balcony, which looked over the foreshore office and seashore when Johnston bought the property over a decade ago.

But when the foreshore office was replaced by the toilet block in 2018, the property and its owner suffered a major blow.

Johnston said: "It’s ridiculous. You knew the foreshore office was there, but at least it fit in with everything else.

"The toilets don’t match anything. It’s a horrible building.”

The 'horrible' unit was built by Arun District Council, who say members of the public had plenty of opportunities to voice their concerns about the development.

A council spokesperson said: “These essential public facilities have been constructed in full compliance with the planning consent granted.”

But Johnston, who was one of a number of residents to object to the block being built, now says he is struggling to sell the property thanks to the eyesore.

He said: "The estate agents first put the flat up for £400,000.

"They’ve now asked me to bring it down to £350,000. That’s a £50,000 difference.”

And despite nearly 20 viewings, the flat has proven almost impossible to sell, with potential buyers being put off by the ugly toilets.

Estate agent Gail Chisham of Henry Adams said: "We just cannot sell it.

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|We had two viewings over the weekend, and they love the flat.

"They love everything about it, it’s a luxury apartment. But then they get to the sitting room and say ‘I couldn’t live here’.

"It feels like no matter what the price is, I just don’t think we will find a buyer.”

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