Beach hut demolition plans delayed

PLANS to demolish derelict beach huts described as “distastefull,” have been delayed after Great Yarmouth Borough Council environmental health officials found traces of asbestos.

PLANS to demolish derelict beach huts described as “distastefull,” have been delayed after Great Yarmouth Borough Council environmental health officials found traces of asbestos.

Councillor Gerry Cook said he had been approached by a number of people asking why the beach huts were still standing after the Mercury revealed in February funding had been granted for the demolition work.

Mr Cook, who represents St Andrew's ward in Gorleston, won a plea from fellow councillors for cash to be set aside to remove the 20 huts because they had become a target for vandals and graffiti artists.

In February, he said: “I consider the beach huts to be a haven for graffiti and vandalism. When you pass the houses and the boating yard on the Promenade you reach these beach huts and they are all boarded up and look totally distasteful. They are going to be demolished and the area cleaned up.”

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

Simon Mutten, the council's environmental services manager, said maintaining the huts was not the best use of council resources and so the decision had been taken to clear the site and reinstate the asphalt promenade surface especially as the council had received complaints from residents about the site.