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Are 77 beach huts on the coast doomed?
Are 77 beach huts on the coast doomed?

The Lincolnshire coast could see the loss of 77 district council-run beach huts in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea amid claims of a lack of interest and escalating costs.

The future of the traditional seaside huts - which are rented out per day or on a weekly basis - was discussed at a meeting of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Town Council.

Fears surrounding their viability surfaced in early 2014 when the district council wanted to put the beach huts out to tender.

East Lindsey District Council again took on the responsibility of running the beach huts this year but there has been no confirmation about whether they will be ready for rental in 2016.

The district council has received no interest from other groups about taking on responsibility for the huts.

At the town council meeting, Coun Col Sweeney said he had looked into the cost of building new huts that would last ten years.

He said each hut would cost £5,000 but warned other councillors maintenance and repair costs over a 10-year period would be ‘overwhelming’.

Councillors stressed they wanted to do all they could to save the huts but admitted they were unable to take on the financial implications - without ‘raising the precept considerably’.

Councillors felt it was ‘unfair to put the burden onto the community and the council’.

A spokesman for ELDC said: “While it is disappointing the town council don’t wish to take on the running of the beach chalets at this time, the district council appreciate them fully considering the opportunity.

“The district council is still keen to hear from any other organisations that have an interest in the huts.

“As the council has only recently received notification from the town that they don’t wish to operate the huts, the district council will need to consider its next steps in the coming weeks.”

n Can the 77 beach huts be saved? Would the loss of them have a big impact on Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea?

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