Beach huts held up by paperwork

Stuart Robertson with a display beach hut on St Annes seafront.
Stuart Robertson with a display beach hut on St Annes seafront.
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PLANS to build beach huts on a Fylde coast Promenade have stalled.

Now the couple behind the plans are facing a race against time to have the five huts for sale or rent in place by the end of the summer season.

Stuart and Zoe Robertson, who have attracted plenty of interest with their display hut on St Annes seafront, were horrified to hear the lease on the Fylde Council site had not yet been signed as they prepared to install the first of the huts.

The couple expressed their frustration at the latest setback – but town hall bosses hope the first huts can be in place by the end of next month.

The Robertsons, who are looking to bring back beach huts to St Annes after nearly 30 years, have planning permission for 45 and want to put the first five of an initial 15 on a seafront site adjacent to the Mini-Links golf course and miniature railway.

After months of negotiation with landlords Fylde Council, they had hoped the first huts would be in place for this week’s Bank Holiday.

Mr Robertson said: “I can’t install the huts legally until it is signed. We are very frustrated, as beach hut purchasers are waiting.”

More than 300 people have registered interest in the huts, which will be available for sale at £36,000 plus VAT or at a daily rental rate of £45.

They will have power but no running water and will come complete with a kitchen, table, bench seat and cupboard.

A Fylde Council spokesman said: “The decision has been made to grant the lease and the lease is now being drafted. It will be sent to Mr and Mrs Robertson within the next few days. There is no reason why the agreement can’t be in place for the huts by the end of September and then the first 15 can be installed.

“They will be a great addition to the seafront and we are confident they will be very popular with visitors.

“There is a great enthusiasm for simple pleasures at the seaside and many other resorts have found that the popularity of beach huts is at a new high. We are fortunate to be working with Mr and Mrs Robertson who have the drive and vision to help us boost the area as a destination.”

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