Now Susan can see the Solent again – thanks to a boardwalk on Hayling beach

DELIGHTED Susan Hay admires the sea view at Hayling, and right, The News on June 13.     Picture: Allan Hutchings (112327-332)
DELIGHTED Susan Hay admires the sea view at Hayling, and right, The News on June 13. Picture: Allan Hutchings (112327-332)
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WHAT a view! Those are the words of joy from Susan Hay as she gazes out at the sea views she thought might never look at again.

Susan, 60, who is battling with terminal cancer, is finally able to get the most out of her beach hut on Hayling Island.

Havant Borough Council has now moved a boardwalk near to her hut – allowing the grandmother-of-four wonderful views of the Solent and beyond which she says is the best therapy in the world.

She is even planning a dip in the sea if she get down to the beach with some crutches.

As previously reported, the nurse, who ran the Great South Run five times until last year, has to use a wheeled walker after being diagnosed with bone cancer three months ago.

The pebbles prevented her from travelling the 20 yards from her hut to where she can see the sea.

Susan was told by Havant Borough Council it could be a long wait for a boardwalk as the area, close to a nature reserve, is a Site of Special Scientist Interest.

It means the rules are very strict over what can be built.

But Natural England gave the all-clear and the council has swiftly put into action Susan’s wishes by moving a boardwalk from further up the beach.

The flags are now flying high from her beach hut, which is called Some Like It Hut.

Susan, of Mill End, Emsworth, and a nurse at Bosmere Medical Practice in Havant, said: ‘I am thrilled to bits.

‘Lots of people are using it, lots of people in wheelchairs.

‘I really didn’t think it would happen so quickly. I take my hat off to Havant Borough Council and can’t thank them enough.

‘I have had this beach hut for 16 years and for the first time I wasn’t able to see the sea.

‘It was quite humiliating having to ask people to help me get across the pebbles.

‘I am planning on getting some crutches, getting down the steps and going for a swim in the sea.

‘I am a keen swimmer! It’s just fantastic.’