On the 1st June work started to remove the damaged concrete beach huts at Milford-on-Sea, which will be completed in time to allow full use of the promenade and beach during the summer.
The beach huts, which were severely damaged or destroyed in the storms of last winter and spring, will be carefully dismantled by specialist contractor Keanes Ltd, appointed by New Forest District Council. The contractor will set up their site compound in Hurst Road West car park on 28 and 29 May, with work commencing on 1 June and planned to last for up to 6 weeks.
George Mackay, contracts manager for Keanes Ltd, said “We will be removing the beach huts in a controlled manner to ensure public safety and minimise inconvenience.”
An NFDC clerk of works will be on site daily to ensure the smooth running of the project. Lorries removing materials from the site will avoid Milford village and turn left out of Hurst Road West car park to follow the coast road.
Hurst Road East car park will remain open throughout the demolition, while part of Hurst Road West car park will be closed for use by the contractors. The promenade footpath between the Needles Eye Café and the White House will be closed off while the works are carried out. Footpath users will be diverted onto the footpath along Hurst Road. Every effort will be made to open the promenade to the public at weekends. Access to the public conveniences will not be affected.
NFDC’s head of environment services Colin Read said: “We’re sorry for any short term disruption, but I’m pleased that we are going to be able to restore the promenade and beach for residents and visitors to enjoy this summer. We do ask that people take notice of the signage and diversions while the works are going on.”
He added: “We would also encourage people to take advantage of the new coastal footpath to the west of the White House, which has now been reopened following the severe damage caused to it during the 2014 storms, while the promenade is closed.”
In March this year NFDC’s planning committee granted outline planning permission for the replacement of 119 beach huts and the concrete slab on the lower promenade at Milford on Sea. Detailed designs for their replacement will be developed to be taken forward as an application for full planning permission later in the year.
New Forest District Council