More than 35 beach huts moved on Hayling Island amid risk of severe weather damage

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DOZENS of beach huts in danger of being destroyed by the sea and storms are set to be moved to a new location.

The rejig is taking place at West Beach on Hayling Island after an investigation carried out by Havant Borough Council found as many as 40 huts were in jeopardy.

A new location for the assets has been approved by Natural England and all hut owners have been notified about the change. 

Council contractor Norse South East is carrying out the work and each beach hut will take approximately two hours to be moved safely. 

Councillor Gary Hughes, HBC’s cabinet lead for contracts and commercial services, said the decision to uproot the huts was ‘not taken lightly’. 

He added: ‘Timber sea defences at West Beach were removed earlier this year prior to their collapse and a decision not to replace them was driven by the disproportionate cost which was estimated to be of the order £3m-£5m.’