TWENTY-two beach huts are set to be moved on Hayling Island to prevent them being lost to the sea.

WORK Flood defence work is taking place on Hayling Island. ''Picture: Pelham Cole
WORK Flood defence work is taking place on Hayling Island. ''Picture: Pelham Cole
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Hayling Island beach huts set to be relocated

Havant Borough Council will relocate the huts for free as urgent work needs to be carried out on timber sea defences in front of the huts at West Beach.

The work was originally scheduled for September, but has been brought forward and started today.

A section of the sloping timber walls, which have been badly eroded, will be removed.

The existing timber groynes will be left in place and rock revetments will be relocated and reconstructed to provide adequate protection.

The beach hut owners have been informed about the work and have been assured that it will be completed before the summer season.

Councillor David Guest, who oversees coastal defences, said: ‘This work was planned for later in the year however, we have brought it forward in the interest of public safety.

‘Moving the beach huts is a necessity that we cannot avoid really. I think in the long run, the owners will welcome the improved views and easier access from having their huts relocated.’

The work is set to last two weeks.