Beach Hut improvement plan launched in popular Lincolnshire seaside resort

THERE will be significant investment and more opportunities for people to buy Beach Huts on the Lincolnshire Coast in the future, East Lindsey District Council has announced, as it unveils a plan to improve the quality of the Huts it owns as well as providing more opportunities for private ownership.

In October 2011, five Beach Huts on Queen’s Park Promenade (numbers 83 to 87) were destroyed by fire and as a result the five Beach Huts adjoining the site (numbers 78 to 82) will be removed to tidy up the area.

Subject to Planning Permission being granted, new Beach Huts with disabled access will be built by the District Council at the rear of Queen’s Garden Square, replacing the Beach Huts currently there and these will be available for hire in the 2012 season.

The remaining Beach Huts will be repainted to ensure the seafront is vibrant and welcoming for local people and visitors to the resorts.

Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea are both renowned for their Beach Huts, a staple in the traditional British seaside holiday since the 1960’s, and which remain popular today with around 13,500 bookings per season.

In recent years Beach Huts have become highly sought after as investment opportunities, with some being sold privately in Sutton on Sea for anywhere between £8,000 and £18,000 each.

Through this project, the District Council will make available a plot of land for up to 15 new Beach Huts, which will be available to buy ‘off plan’.  The Huts, which will be privately leased, would replace the stretch of old and unsafe beach huts (numbers 120 to 134) at South Promenade in Mablethorpe, which haven’t been used for three seasons due to safety concerns.  It is likely the Huts will cost around £12,000.

Those with an interest in buying a Beach Hut are asked to contact Wilson’s Estate Agent 124 West Street, Alford, Lincs. LN13 9DR or by calling 01507 463582   The proposed designs and draft lease agreement will be available to prospective purchasers through the agent. Details will be finalised as soon as planning permission is confirmed in mid-March, with the first sales being concluded from that point.

Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “We will be investing up to £90,000 into a programme of works to improve the quality of beach huts in Mablethorpe and at the same time addressing some of the issues around anti-social behaviour on the seafront when we rebuild.

“In undertaking the programme of work we will ensure we keep any disruption to a minimum so as not to impact upon businesses or visitors.

 “Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea remain some of the most popular seaside resorts in the country and Beach Huts are an important part of the offer there.  We must build on their success over the past half century and ensure they are well used for many years to come.

“Making this investment now is important in terms of managing the Beach Huts we own and ensuring our coastal resorts remain welcoming to visitors.”

In 2007, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea were hosts to the unique Bathing Beauties Project, which saw a series of eye catching beach chalets created in a competition to ‘Re-imagine the beach hut for the 21st century’, led by Artist Michael Trainer.  Five of the beach huts submitted for the competition were constructed and are on show in the resort today.

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