Plug is pulled on Hayling Island beach huts – for now

Existing beach huts at Hayling Island
Existing beach huts at Hayling Island
  • Council submitted plans for 40 new beach huts
  • Residents and councillors feared it would ruin view – in that spot
  • Plans have been withdrawn and a new spot will be found
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CONTROVERSIAL plans for up to 40 new beach huts have been withdrawn following an outcry.

Although there are already beach huts in Hayling, the public and councillors feared the extra ones would ruin the view at the bottom of Chichester Avenue.

It needs to a much better design, in a much better place without ruining the sea view for other people

Councillor Andy Lenaghan

It is one of the only spots where the vista is uninterrupted, and the best position for disabled people to be able to enjoy the beach.

But at a cabinet meeting at Havant Borough Council it was announced the plans have been withdrawn.

Councillor Andy Lenaghan led the campaign to stop the beach huts, described as looking like chicken sheds, being put up.

He said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted with this decision.

‘No doubt the council will still want to go ahead with some form of application.

‘But it needs to be a much better design, in a much better place without ruining the sea view for other people’.

Cllr Lenaghan said he was not against beach huts, but they needed to be better thought out.

He added: ‘We’re going to work together to find the best sites for them.’

Havant Borough Council, which owns the land, has been planning more beach huts for several years.

But councillors felt they were not consulted enough before the planning application was submitted last month. The huts could potentially raise a considerable amount of money for the council.

The proposal is to lease them for up to seven years, rather than on a yearly basis, which would reduce administration costs.

But there are also fears that the huts, once leased, could fall into disrepair.

Hayling Island Residents’ Association raised objections on the grounds many are in a terrible state and the council has not taken action against the tenants to make them good.

A new application is expected to be submitted early next year.