Plans for new beach huts in Christchurch to be reviewed after severe storms

DESTROYED: The clear-up on Avon Beach  after severe storms destroyed beach huts along the coastline

DESTROYED: The clear-up on Avon Beach after severe storms destroyed beach huts along the coastline

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PLANS for new beach huts in Christchurch will be reviewed after severe storms and tidal surges wrecked huts at Avon Beach.

Council staff, the Army and Avon Beach workers spent days clearing debris from around 50 huts wrecked by the Valentine’s Day storms.

Now, in light of the damage and destruction caused to the structures as well as the harbour, quayside and beach fronts, the council say they are going to review “future provision”, including plans for huts at Friars Cliff and potentially Gundimore beach at Mudeford Quay.

Neil Farmer, strategic director at Christchurch council said: “In light of recent events we will review the way services and facilities are operated from the harbour, quayside and beach fronts.

“This will include the future provision of beach huts which remain extremely popular.

“However our immediate priorities for these areas are to complete our clean-up operations and carrying out essential infrastructures repairs to ensure Christchurch remains open for business.”

Plans for the extra beach huts at Friars Cliff were approved by the resources committee at the council in September last year.

The proposals to add an extra 11 beach huts on the end of the current huts towards Highcliffe were expected to make the council £146,000.

It was hoped the huts would be available for Easter 2014 and ready for the summer season.

The council needed to get permission from the Ministry of Defence, who they bought the land from in 1983, due to a covenant concerning new buildings on the land.

And if the consent was not in place in time, councillors approved a contingency plan to put eight new huts on hard standing at Gundimore beach, in front of the prom between Mudeford Quay and Avon Beach.

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7:56pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ex PHC says...

Do hope that we get a variety of coloured beach huts to make the promenade like a beach resort and not like an army barracks
Do hope that we get a variety of coloured beach huts to make the promenade like a beach resort and not like an army barracks Ex PHC
  • Score: 5

9:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bournemouth lover says...

Good idea be nice if they were all striped or had boats painted on them !! Much easier on the eye
Good idea be nice if they were all striped or had boats painted on them !! Much easier on the eye bournemouth lover
  • Score: 5

10:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Local Christchurch Resident says...

If the council hadn't wanted to grab so much from parking charges in their new car park, most of the beeach huts would have still been there! Beach huts used to be taken down and out then put back up around Easter. The fossils of our council need to review this and take full responsibility. They need to review and ensure that all of the beach huts are replaced as they have destroyed the memories of many if the former users. Let's just hope that their 'review' doesn't abolish the new and replacement huts and yes, let's have some traditional stripes that adds additional character!! Their is too much greed and poor judgments coming out from our council that has no benefit to the wider community - it's time for change!
If the council hadn't wanted to grab so much from parking charges in their new car park, most of the beeach huts would have still been there! Beach huts used to be taken down and out then put back up around Easter. The fossils of our council need to review this and take full responsibility. They need to review and ensure that all of the beach huts are replaced as they have destroyed the memories of many if the former users. Let's just hope that their 'review' doesn't abolish the new and replacement huts and yes, let's have some traditional stripes that adds additional character!! Their is too much greed and poor judgments coming out from our council that has no benefit to the wider community - it's time for change! Local Christchurch Resident
  • Score: 7

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