People in Bude and Stratton are being invited to give their views on plans to replace the old beach huts at Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches with new and refurbished huts as part of a £1million Cornwall Council funded project to enhance the coastal assets in the area.
The proposal to replace or refurbish the existing beach huts was put forward during a consultation event in 2013 which invited residents to come up with their ideas on how to improve the local beach areas.
Following discussions with the Bude Coastal Asset Steering Group, the Council has now developed plans to provide up to 225 beach huts, which will be split roughly equally between Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches. The scheme, which is being led by Currie & Brown on behalf of the Council, is designed to benefit both local residents and visitors to the area.
The Council is holding an open day at Summerleaze Terrace between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, 19 August to provide an opportunity for residents and beach users to come along and see the plans and give their views on the project. They will also have the chance to see examples of the huts sited in front of Life’s a Beach Café.
“The Bude coast is vital to tourism “ said Joyce Duffin, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment. “The beach huts are one of the most iconic images in Bude and we want to hear the views of local people and visitors on the designs which are being proposed”.
“We have taken on board all the comments received during the 2013 consultation and the discussions with the Coastal Assets Steering Group, and are proposing to install the huts in pairs so that they resemble a pitched roof traditional timber beach hut. We are also looking at options for increasing the size and number of windows within the huts.”
The Council has invited bids from companies who specialise in the construction of timber buildings with the aim of providing huts to a very similar design to the huts installed at Mentone Gardens. These huts were installed as pilots for the larger scheme to allow everyone the opportunity to see the three sizes of huts being proposed. The preferred supplier is currently being appointed with a view to new huts being installed during autumn 2015.
The huts, which are intended for daytime use only, will be similar in nature to the existing huts, and will not, therefore, have any electric or water services. They will be installed close to existing locations of beach huts, although this may not always be in the exact positions.
A planning application has been submitted for the erection of the huts at Summerleaze Green, with a decision expected by the end of September 2015.
An options appraisal has also been carried out to consider the best layout for beach huts. A number of options are being considered, including the refurbishment of some of the existing huts rather than replacement. The final decisions will be based on a range of factors, including the available funding, costs of ground works, the overall look of the design, user satisfaction and the need to provide a desirable mix of sizes.
Works are expected to begin in the autumn and continue through the winter, with the aim of the huts being made available for tenants in the spring.
“Where possible we intend to prioritise installation of huts in new locations so that existing tenants have a hut to move to (even if on a temporary basis) before the existing concrete huts are demolished” said Joyce Duffin. “We are planning for all of the new huts to be installed and operational for mid July 2016.”
“We welcome feedback from existing and potential hut tenants along with any interested parties and would encourage as many people as possible to come along to the open day on 19 August. “
You can email your comments to EnvironmentService@cornwall.gov.uk.
Story posted 12 August 2015