£90,000 beach hut investment aims to boost Mablethorpe’s tourism offer

FOUR striking new beach huts have been unveiled as part of a £90,000 project to boost tourism in Mablethorpe.

The new huts were officially opened by East Lindsey District Council on Friday with the rest of the council-owned huts given makeovers in a move which has given a huge facelift to the Queen’s Park area of the promenade.

At the opening of the new beach huts in Mablethorpe at the number 35 are back row: Cllr Graham Cullen, Malcolm Abbott (designer), Cllr Pauline Dobbs, Cllr Ian Wild, Cllr Tony Howard. Front row: Town Centre Manager Karen Froggatt and Deputy Mayor Cllr Bernard Dobbs.

At the opening of the new beach huts in Mablethorpe at the number 35 are back row: Cllr Graham Cullen, Malcolm Abbott (designer), Cllr Pauline Dobbs, Cllr Ian Wild, Cllr Tony Howard. Front row: Town Centre Manager Karen Froggatt and Deputy Mayor Cllr Bernard Dobbs.

A ceremony, attended by local dignitaries including the new Deputy Mayor Bernard Dobbs marked the occasion ahead of a swelteringly hot weekend for the coast.

The four new huts will act as show huts for a possible 15 more which can be built should demand require, with people able to buy them on a 25-year lease via Willson’s Estate Agents for around £12,000.

Featuring a simplistic but effective design, the beach huts boast running water and electricity, and look out over the beach and onto the paddling pool behind.

On the opening, town manager Karen Froggatt said: “This is a fantastic investment for Mablethorpe.

“It’s taken some time to get the project off the ground after initial talks began two-and-a-half years ago but this is a good move for an important part of Mablethorpe.

“The place has really been brightened up.”

It is hoped the investment will bring a boost to the resort’s tourism economy, and district council spokesman James Gilbert confirmed enquiries to buy one of the beach huts had already been made.

Mablethorpe-based designer Malcolm Abbott, of Technical Services for East Lindsey, added: “I’m very pleased with the finished article.

“We were tasked with trying to modernise the classic beach hut but we’ve managed to keep the traditional feel.

“They’re very sturdy, I think they’ll be really popular.”

New Deputy Mayor Bernard Dobbs said the project had ‘picked up the whole area’ and said he hoped the vandals, prolific in targeting the former beach huts on the site, would lay off the new models.

What do you think of the new beach huts? Are they value for money? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.

Watch the video on this page to see Coun Leyland unveiling the beach huts, and click here to see a video taking you on a guided tour of the latest additions to Mablethorp’s seafront.