Plans for 118 new beach huts met with anger

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NEW beach huts could be set up along Portsmouth’s seafront.

Portsmouth City Council is considering putting 118 at the eastern end of Eastney Esplanade, Eastney, and removing 18 that are already there.

A new timber walkway could also be built.

The proposals have been met with opposition.

In a community bulletin issued to members of East Southsea Neighbourhood Forum, the Portsmouth Society said the council should consider setting up two or three of the new huts so people can judge whether they would make an impact.

Caroline Baxter, said: ‘I object very strongly and am very angry about these plans.

‘I rent one of the beach huts that is going to be removed under this proposal.

‘I do not want a new beach hut, I want to keep the one I have. I’m happy for extra huts to be built as more people will be able to enjoy days on the beach and I know there is always a long waiting list.

‘However why is the council wasting money replacing existing huts?’

Blair Breton, in supporting the application, said: ‘This would bring an improvement to a moribund part of the seafront.

‘It shouldn’t intervene with the dog-walking beach or the naturist site.’