Susan wins fight for Hayling beach boardwalk so she can enjoy view

BATTLE Susan Hay has won her fight to have a broadwalk built at Hayling.     Picture: Sarah Standing (111798-6669)
BATTLE Susan Hay has won her fight to have a broadwalk built at Hayling. Picture: Sarah Standing (111798-6669)
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A NURSE struck down with terminal cancer will finally be able to enjoy her biggest love – looking out to sea.

It’s such a simple pleasure but Susan Hay, 60, has been fighting a battle with red tape to enjoy the sea views from Hayling Island.

Susan, who has had a beach hut for 16 years and goes several times a week, has to use a wheeled walker after being diagnosed with bone cancer three months ago.

The 20 yards from her beloved hut to the part of the beach where she can see the sea has become an impossible trek.

So Susan, who is receiving regular treatments for cancer, asked Havant Borough Council if she could build a boardwalk to help her get across the pebbles.

She has had to endure an agonising wait as the council has had to ask for permission from Natural England.

This is because the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest – with a nature reserve nearby – and there are strict rules over what can be built. To Susan’s joy, the council has finally been given the green light to build her boardwalk.

Susan, a grandmother-of-four of Mill End, Emsworth, said: ‘I am thrilled to bits. I just can’t believe it! It’s absolutely fantastic.

‘I thought it would take a couple of years. I wondered what was the point of having a beach hut without being able to get down to the sea. All I am hoping for now is some sunny weather!’

Susan has already paid for her own radiotherapy and is receiving morphine and regular injections to strengthen her bones.

She said: ‘I absolutely love my beach hut. I love looking out at the sea. I never get bored down here. I could stay here for days.

‘When I die I would like my ashes thrown into the sea here.’

Wendy Hallam, 62, a life-long friend who is now helping to look after Susan, said it had been heart-breaking to see her unable to enjoy the sea views.

She said: ‘It’s just so near and yet so far. It’s about Susan’s quality of life. When she’s really poorly, it’s going to make a big difference.’

Havant Borough Council officials said they were planning to rip up a boardwalk that was not used much and rebuild it near Susan’s hut.

Peter Vince, the council’s operational services manager, said: ‘The council has now received assent from Natural England and as such we will go ahead an install a boardwalk to enable Mrs Hay to access the top of the beach. The boardwalk will need to be removed from its current position, have a non-slip coating applied and then be installed in the new location. Work will start immediately and be complete within the next month.’