A third of seafront beach huts could disappear in facelift

PUBLISHED: 08:37 12 January 2015 | UPDATED: 08:37 12 January 2015

Beach huts

Beach huts

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A third of Exmouth seafront's 117 beach huts will be dismantled by 2016 to make way for the Queen's Drive regeneration.

East Devon District Council’s cabinet last night (Wednesday) debated proposals to remove 37 of Exmouth seafront’s publically-owned beach huts.

Council bosses say that out of all of East Devon’s resorts, demand for chalets in Exmouth is the lowest.

It was recommended that the existing huts and chalets should be ‘absorbed’ into the regeneration of the seafront.

Councillor Eileen Wragg told the Journal: “It’s a similar situation as the Elizabeth Hall, with East Devon District Council deliberately allowing a valued Exmouth asset to fall into disrepair as an excuse to get rid of them.”

A district council spokesman said: “EDDC is undertaking a widespread and ambitious regeneration programme for much of Exmouth seafront.

“This includes a new hotel currently under construction, with the income from the site being reinvested in Exmouth amenities, like an improved slipway at Mamhead and a new public toilet block next to the rowing club.

“The 37 huts would be displaced by the possible realignment of Queen’s Drive, under the council’s aspirations to redevelop the existing car park and diner area as a water sports and leisure zone.

“The 37 current leaseholders have been informed and any who wish to do so will be given first choice of any (new) huts with effect from the 2016 season.”

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