Backing claim for beach huts

The beach and beach huts in St Annes. historical post card dated 1934
The beach and beach huts in St Annes. historical post card dated 1934

PLANS to bring back beach huts in St Annes have received vital backing, it was today claimed.

Stuart Robertson’s bid to build 30 beach huts on the sands was hit by delays because of environmental concerns.

But Mr Robertson, from the Dalmeny Hotel, now has the results of the environmental survey – and said it has not thrown up any problems that would stop him and wife Zoe going ahead with their plans.

He said: “The environmental assessment is very supportive of us putting the beach huts in any location.

“But the point to the north of the pier near the sand dunes is more problematic, because it involves re-structuring part of the dune and moving plant life.

“There’s more legislation we need there.”

The site to the north of the pier is Mr Robertson’s preferred location for the huts, but he is also considering sites south of the pier, in front of the mini golf on the Promenade and close to the Beach Terrace cafe.

They were all acceptable according to the environmental assessment carried out on Mr Roberston’s behalf.

He is now waiting to discuss the full contents of his report with planners at Fylde Council.

It had been hoped the huts could be up and running this summer, but they do not yet have planning permission.

Mr Robertson added: “From our point of view we think beach huts are very much a family activity, and an ideal scenario is to have the beach huts where children can play on the sand.

“North of the pier would be our preferred location, but from an environmental point of view it’s more problematic.

“If we take away some sand dune to put beach huts there it may be we need reconstruct the sand dune in front of the beach huts, which would not be ideal.”

The sand dune is within the borders of the biological heritage site.

The council said it may be possible to balance up any damage to the dune by removing invasive white poplars from further along the stretch, which are not native to the area.