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Beach huts set to return after they were demolished nine years ago

PUBLISHED: 13:45 16 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 16 December 2017

Library image of the old beach huts in Gorleston before they were demolished. 
Photo: Angela Sharpe

Library image of the old beach huts in Gorleston before they were demolished. Photo: Angela Sharpe

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They are quintessential part of the English seaside experience.

Picture of Gorleston Seafront to go with story about possible refurbishment with cafe/ restaurant where old beach huts are near yacht pond.
Photo: Angela Sharpe
Copy: Stephen Pullinger
For: EDP News
EDP pics © 2005
(01603) 772434Picture of Gorleston Seafront to go with story about possible refurbishment with cafe/ restaurant where old beach huts are near yacht pond. Photo: Angela Sharpe Copy: Stephen Pullinger For: EDP News EDP pics © 2005 (01603) 772434

Much loved and brightly coloured, the humble beach hut provides shelter and a place for spot of tea on a trip to the sea.

Now, eight years after they were demolished, they could be set to return to the beach at Gorleston.

Councillors in Great Yarmouth voted to spend £140,000 building 70 huts along the Lower Promenade.

Picture of Gorleston Seafront to go with story about possible refurbishment with cafe/ restaurant where old beach huts are near yacht pond.
Photo: Angela Sharpe
Copy: Stephen Pullinger
For: EDP News
EDP pics © 2005
(01603) 772434Picture of Gorleston Seafront to go with story about possible refurbishment with cafe/ restaurant where old beach huts are near yacht pond. Photo: Angela Sharpe Copy: Stephen Pullinger For: EDP News EDP pics © 2005 (01603) 772434

Chairman of the council’s economic development committee Barry Coleman said the popularity of beach huts at UK coastal resorts has seen a revival in recent years.

MORE: Beach huts could return to Gorleston

He added: “With Lowestoft now leasing more than 300 beach huts along their Lower Esplanade, from Lowestoft to Pakefield. Subject to planning approval, Great Yarmouth Borough Council intends to offer the public the opportunity to purchase beach huts, with the first phase located on the Lower Promenade, Gorleston.

“This would bring a great new benefit for residents and visitors to the borough, as well as providing additional funding to the council to support public services.

Beach huts being demolished on Gorleston seafront.
Photo: Andy Darnell
Copy: Dominic Bareham
For: GYM
Archant © 2009 (01603) 772434Beach huts being demolished on Gorleston seafront. Photo: Andy Darnell Copy: Dominic Bareham For: GYM Archant © 2009 (01603) 772434

“This phase would comprise up to 70 beach huts, which would be sited on plots as each one is sold. Early marketing is planned to start ahead of the 2018 season to offer the opportunity for purchasers to reserve plots. Details of locations and purchase prices will be available in due course.”

For years residents have complained about the shabby, paint-peeling state of the 20 beach huts at the yacht pond end of the Promenade.

But many loved them and despite calls by campaigners to have them saved and renovated, the council bulldozed them in February 2009.

The multi-coloured wooden huts were razed to the ground after they became dilapidated over a number of years.

At the time a council officer said te huts were not “adding anything to the general character of that area” on the seafront.

The next step of the seaside project will involve drawing up more detailed proposals and submitting a planning application next year.

Gorleston will join other beaches like Cromer and Wells-next-the-sea famed for its beach huts.

Britain’s most expensive beach hut is in Cristchurch in Devon, where a hut sold for £275,000.

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