VICTORIAN charm is heading back to the seaside – and residents will be able to have their first peek of a step back in time next week.
The first of 45 brand new beach huts which are set to transform St Annes seafront will go on display on the Promenade – and interest is already building.
Stuart and Zoe Robertson, the couple behind the venture, now have a waiting list of more than 300 people wanting to buy or rent one of the iconic wooden huts.
Mr Robertson said: “The show hut will be erected at a temporary location on the Promenade just for show purposes.
“The huts have been designed by an experienced beach house builder from Christchurch in Dorset and it’s going to be fantastic.
“We’ve now got more than 300 on the waiting list and 75 per cent of these are interested in renting, so we have put some different rental options together and will be selling a small number on a first come first served basis.”
The proposal for the huts – which will be built across three sites close to the pier, the miniature golf course and the boating lake – were approved by Fylde Council planners back in March, but have been hit by delays.
But now the couple hope to have the first block of 15 built within months.
Mr Robertson added: “Things have taken a bit longer than hoped but it was important for us to try to get things right first time and not rush things.
“We are still trying to get all the boxes ticked with Fylde Council which has been time consuming and we are still not 100 per cent there, although they have been supportive.
“We want to start building in blocks of 15, and we really hope to have the first 15 sold by the end of August.”
The huts will be built on land which belongs to Fylde Council, but will be used by the Robertsons under licence.
They will have power but no running water, and are set to sell for between £20,000 and £40,000.
And as an added incentive to buyers anyone signing up in July will be given £1,000 off the standard tariff and Fylde Council will also waive ground rent until the 2013 season.