NETWORK Rail has formally applied to demolish the former refreshment kiosk on Dawlish beach.
Built between 1959 and 1979 when it was first leased to Teignbridge Council, the building is deteriorating badly.
It is suffering from water ingress, both from the sea and rain.
The electrical installation is very poor and in need of urgent replacement.
In a report to Teignbridge Council, Network Rail said: ‘The building has been vacant for a number of months and is in poor external and internal condition.
‘Due to its exposed seafront location, the condition will continue to deteriorate.’
Because of its location and restricted access, the kiosk will have to be removed by hand.
Engineers plan to construct a scaffold around the base to prevent materials and ‘operatives’ falling onto the beach.
A scaffold tunnel over the walkway between the kiosk and track retaining wall will allow pedestrian access to be maintained for the duration of the work.
Once removed, the area of exposed sea wall will be made good.
Demolition work will be carried out at low tide.
Network Rail says the building is of ‘low significance’ despite the fact it is within the Dawlish Conservation Area.
It says: ‘The proposed demolition of the kisok will provide a positive contribution to the character of this area of Dawlish, improve this area of the beach and enhance the conservation area.’