Retired teacher evicted from the £15,000 beach hut 'mermaid haven'

Retired teacher is evicted from the £15,000 beach hut she bought as a ‘mermaid haven’ after her divorce amid row with locals over antisocial behaviour’ – but she says ‘they’re jealous because I’m glamorous’

  • Michele Spicer bought the hut in West Sussex last year for her mental wellbeing
  • She claims dog poo has been left on her Mercedes due to issues over a car park 
  • The mother-of-two claims neighbours are ‘jealous of me because I’m a model’
  • Worthing Borough Council stepped in last month due to volume of complaints
  • A retired teacher has been evicted from the £15,000 beach hut she bought as a ‘mermaid haven’ after her divorce amid a row with locals over ‘antisocial behaviour’.

    Mother-of-two Michele Spicer purchased the hut in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, last year.

    However, her relationship with neighbours quickly deteriorated due to arguments involving a campaign to reopen a public toilet, accusations of ‘antisocial behaviour’ and the parking of her Mercedes.

    She claims to have had angry notes and dog poo left on her car by residents furious that she continues to use a ‘private’ car park. 

    Ms Spicer, who says she has done ‘nothing but good for the community’, believes locals have simply become ‘jealous’ of her.

    She said: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong – it’s a conspiracy against me to get me removed.

    ‘I think it’s because they’re jealous of me because I’m a model and I’m very glamorous with a sports car.’

    Worthing Borough Council stepped in last month after saying the number of complaints left it with ‘no choice’ but to evict Ms Spicer – the first beach hut eviction for 25 years. 

    Michele Spicer pictured posing inside her beach hut in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, which she now claims to be worth £35,000

    Michele Spicer pictured posing inside her beach hut in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, which she now claims to be worth £35,000

    Ms Spicer, a retired teacher, claims local residents are simply 'jealous' of her because she is a model with a glamorous car

    Ms Spicer, a retired teacher, claims local residents are simply ‘jealous’ of her because she is a model with a glamorous car

    Local residents are claimed to have left abusive notes on her car after becoming furious that she parks her Mercedes in a 'private' car park

    Local residents are claimed to have left abusive notes on her car after becoming furious that she parks her Mercedes in a ‘private’ car park

    The mum-of-two, from Worthing, West Sussex, claims the notes have been left on the windscreen of her car

    The mum-of-two, from Worthing, West Sussex, claims the notes have been left on the windscreen of her car 

    Ms Spicer claims she is entitled to use the car park despite a furious backlash from local residents

    Ms Spicer claims she is entitled to use the car park despite a furious backlash from local residents

    The hut was removed from its spot and the locks were changed, she claims. 

    Ms Spicer said: ‘I went to the beach hut one morning a few weeks ago and the locks were changed – then it was removed without my knowledge.

    ‘I am just a beach hut owner quietly enjoying the area because it’s good for my mental health – but neighbours started bullying me and conspiring against me.

    ‘I don’t think there is anything wrong with my parking – and I only tried to get a toilet re-opened.

    ‘I did nothing but good for the community – but they’re jealous of me because I’m glamorous.

    ‘It feels like this has ruined my life – I’ve lost my beloved beach hut.’

    The former teacher purchased the hut in April 2020 to create a safe haven for herself and her mental health following her divorce.

    She says she spent months renovating it to the point where she claims it now to be worth £35,000. 

     Ms Spicer says abusive notes were left on her car windscreen following a campaign to have a toilet reopened near to the row of beach huts.

    Ms Spicer says she has done 'nothing wrong' and believes local residents are conspiring against her

    Ms Spicer says she has done ‘nothing wrong’ and believes local residents are conspiring against her

    The inside of Ms Spicer's beach hut, which she describes as her 'mermaid haven' following her divorce

    The inside of Ms Spicer’s beach hut, which she describes as her ‘mermaid haven’ following her divorce

    Despite the toilet sitting on council-owned land, local residents of a nearby development pay a service charge for the upkeep of the loo and objected to her demands, she claims. 

    The notes contained insults calling her an ‘idiot’ and stating she was ‘p******’ residents off.

    However, she claims she is entitled to park her Mercedes as she has.   

    She added: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong – but because I model and I have a nice car, they have a certain impression of me.’

    Her neighbours, whom she describes as ‘bullies’, eventually reported her to the council for antisocial behaviour. she claims.

    When she visited the hut on October 22, she found the locks had been changed before it was later removed from the spot entirely.

    She says it has been moved to the front of a sailing club, still with all her belongings inside.   

    Ms Spicer continued: ‘I had a full breakdown on the beach when I couldn’t find it.

    ‘When I did, I found it had been damaged beyond repair and all my belongings were still inside.

    ‘My pride and joy was taken without me even knowing about it.’

     She camped for several days close to the hut due to fears of it being removed again.

    Ms Spicer now wants the hut moved to her garden in Worthing and says she ‘won’t give up’ until she gets ‘justice’.

    She has also said she is taking legal action against the council.

    The mother-of-two said: ‘Honestly it’s ruined my life – I’ve experienced a hell of a lot of stress.

    ‘I’m just a normal beach hut owner – I come to the beach for a walk for my mental health and I’m sociable with the other owners.  

    Ms Spicer says residents that have grown angry with her are 'jealous because I'm glamorous' and drive a Mercedes

    Ms Spicer says residents that have grown angry with her are ‘jealous because I’m glamorous’ and drive a Mercedes

    The former teacher and mother-of-two poses while leaning against her Mercedes, which has been the focal point of rows with neighbours

    The former teacher and mother-of-two poses while leaning against her Mercedes, which has been the focal point of rows with neighbours

    ‘I wanted the hut to improve my mental health but it’s just been 18 months of total misery.

    ‘The hut is my life and my little haven – and I just want it back where it belongs.’

    A spokesperson for Worthing Borough Council said: ‘We are sorry it has come to this but for the first time in about 25 years we have had to take eviction action at one of our beach huts.

    ‘The number of complaints received from local residents really left us with no choice but to conclude that Mrs Spicer has breached the terms of her lease.’