Eastbourne beach huts get go-ahead

Designs for 20 traditional beach huts on the seafront at Fort Fun were approved on Tuesday.

The application by Eastbourne Borough Council, which was decided by its planning committee, was for two terraces of standard beach huts on the seafront next to the attraction car park.

The area currently has picnic tables and memorial benches, which would be re-sited. The design for the huts is traditional, and they will each be painted in different colours.

A planning department spokesperson said, “They would provide new, high quality facilities on the seafront for tourists and would provide a complimentary use to users of the beach and surrounding businesses.

“The proposal would improve the offer and image of Eastbourne as a tourist seaside resort as well as providing additional facilities associated with the use of the beach and seafront.

“The beach huts and picnic benches would encourage more customers and in turn complementing the cafes and stalls along the beach front to the benefit of the vitality of the seafront.

“Beach huts are a standard feature of British seaside beach resorts and normally located on or next to the beach.

“The proposal for 20 beach huts in total is similar to other beach huts in other locations along the promenade, west of the pier. The beach huts would be sympathetic, if not enhance the setting of the area generating an iconic image of a seaside British beach resort.”

Neighbouring Fort Fun is currently undergoing a major refurbishment programme and plans to re-open later this month.

The children’s amusement park has been shut for some months since being taken over by new owners The Partyman Company last August. It has been closed for several months. James Sinclair from the company said renovations were continuing with an expected reopening later this month.

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