It’s survived an earthquake, but a small structure on Marfells beach near Seddon could be taken down by tanked teens.
The hut, built by a local family for shelter from the notorious east coast wind, has become a dumping ground for raucous revellers.
Human faeces, piles of rubbish, including empty bottles and cans, are turning the hut into a tip – the “childish” antics wrecking the shelter for everyone else.
A local Seddon resident, who asked to not be named, says he erected the hut for his family as a respite when walking the popular beach.
“It’s a good place to kick back and get out of the sun and wind,” he says.
“I haven’t been there for a long time, but it was always kept pretty good.”
Constructed prior to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2016, halfway between Marfells Beach Road and the wharf, the shelter was intended to be used by fishermen and families walking the shore.
But a four-wheel-drive track adjacent to the structure has proven to be its downfall.
The Seddon local thought it was local teens wrecking the structure for everyone else.
“It’s absolute childish stuff,” he says.
“I’ve sent a few people down there to clean up glass and faeces.
“I’ve yet to deal with the people that did it.
“They’re ruining it for everybody else,” he says.
Council has been approached for comment.