Beach huts planned to improve seafront
PUBLISHED: 09:32 05 September 2014
DOZENS of beach huts could be placed along the seafront in a bid to enhance the resort's appeal to tourists and people living in Weston.
About 75 are planned for three locations by North Somerset Council, which sees it as an opportunity to improve Weston’s popularity while making some money in the process.
Marine Lake, a raised platform on the Beach Lawns opposite the SeaQuarium and between Royal Sands and the Tropicana are the three areas being considered.
North Somerset Council hopes to have them all in place for next summer and wants to gauge public opinion before seeking planning permission and selecting what type of huts to use.
Two demonstration huts have been placed on the seafront to give people a chance to see what the huts may look like.
Darren Fairchild, manager of the authority’s seafront team, said: “The response since the pair were put there has told us there’s a demand.
“We’ve had quite a lot of businesses over the past few years say ‘I want to put beach huts on the seafront’ but it hasn’t come to anything when it comes to planning applications and leases.
“It’s not a secret the council has a hole in its budget and this is a way of filling it.
“Across the country there are councils making a whole load of money - while enhancing the visitors’ experience.
“We think this will improve the town’s offering and aesthetically too.”
The huts are likely to be placed on the promenade rather than the beach because of how far the tide comes in.
They also will not have electric or water supplies and will not be allowed to be used for overnight accommodation.
Mr Fairchild hopes to be able to offer three different types of hut, with a variety of colours and possibly furnishings.
However the exact nature of hut rental – daily, monthly or even annual – and prices, have not yet been determined because the council does not know what the demand will be and what huts will be used.
Mr Fairchild added: “We want to get it right and give the people what they want.
“This is an opportunity for the locals to enjoy the seafront more too.”
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