Beach huts moved to avoid storm damage!
A number of beach huts on Hayling Island considered at severe risk of suffering storm damage have been moved urgently during the last few days. Havant Borough Council identified 40 beach huts at West Beach, Hayling in jeopardy of being destroyed by the sea.
A new site was allocated following approval by Natural England and all beach hut owners were notified prior to the move.
Councillor Gary Hughes, Cabinet lead for Contracts and Commercial Services said, “The decision to relocate the huts to another location was not taken lightly. This needed to be completed in order to save them from being destroyed during the winter months by severe storms and high tides.
“Timber sea defences at West Beach were removed earlier this year prior to their collapse and a decision not to replace them was driven by the disproportionate cost which was estimated to be of the order £3m-£5m.”
“There is currently no funding mechanism available from central government to maintain or reconstruct any coastal defences at West Beach, as there are no residential properties at risk from coastal flooding or erosion at this location. Any new defences would come at a considerable cost and would have to be funded from local council budgets.”
Local ward councillor and Leader of Havant Borough Council, Councillor Michael Wilson added “We have received some positive comments from owners about what we are doing and the care that is being taken to move the huts.”
Each beach hut takes approximately two hours to carefully move to ensure they are transported safely.
Norse South East is carrying out the moving of the huts on behalf of Havant Borough Council.