Beach huts under scrutiny

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 April 2015

Beach huts on Weston sea front.

Beach huts on Weston sea front.

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With the summer looming, Streetlife users have turned their attention to the online auction of the beach huts on Weston seafront, which began on Monday.

The first eBay auction is due to finish this evening (Saturday), with other leases to be auctioned off every day from next Monday onwards.

Unsurprisingly, the issue has raised several questions on Streetlife and opinion towards the huts is mixed.

Sarah W was concerned about whether the beach huts would have toilets located nearby.

She said: “Will there be any toilets near to where the huts will be situated? I cannot think where the nearest ones will be and from what I’m thinking, it could be a trek.”

Ally I was also worried. She said: “Anyone who has one will have to be prepared to pay a small fortune for parking every day.”

Tony W, on the other hand, was positive about the beach huts and their amenities. He replied: “I am pretty sure individuals who wish to pursue the beach hut style of residence will do some important research like location of the nearest toilet and car parking.

“I thought new ideas and changes were a good thing to make the promenade a more interesting place.”

Sue L had mixed feelings towards the scheme: “I like the idea but we have not been given enough information to make a judgement about them.

“Where is the public consultation, the presentation, the plans, the scale model that you would expect from such a large project and the estimated cost of hiring one? It’s all too vague.”

Some users, however, felt much more positive about the beach huts.

Claire G said: “I am probably being hopelessly naive but when I heard about the proposed beach huts, I was pleased.

“To me they are part of a traditional beach holiday and I hope they are a success.”

Pauline C agreed: “I thought they look really nice. They will be a point of interest in a rather bare part of the seafront and will improve the look of the place.

“Weston seafront looks so much better than it did 10 years ago.

“It’s become somewhere to be proud of. I hope the hut auctions go well and raise the money hoped for.”

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