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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Replacement Beach Huts Completed

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Three years after the 80mph+ winds tore down the Milford on Sea beach huts on Valentine's Day 2014, the new replacement huts are now complete.

The lower promenade is now open to the public and may be accessed from either end. Work is ongoing to the balustrades on the upper promenade - along the beach hut roofs. The Hurst Road west car park has also been opened for public use.
The majority of hut owners have collected their hut keys and will have a busy time decorating and furnishing huts to their taste. The majority of owners are pleased with the way in which the scheme has turned out.

The works to replace 119 beach huts and improve the seafront was carried out by Raymond Brown Construction Ltd from Ringwood.

Beach Huts-Concrete Panels
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The replacement beach huts have brightly coloured doors similar to the original ones. There are also concrete panels between the doors, and at the ends, which have a variety of designs which related to the local area or the sea.

There is also a new walkway with stainless steel handrails on top of the huts giving pedestrians a vantage point to take in the sea views.

Also new, is an access ramp at the western end near The White House which curves out to sea around the existing wartime pillbox.

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In front of the beach huts the pathway is now wider giving more room for walkers and people using the beach huts.

Whether you love them or hate them (and there are strong views on both sides!), it is a vast improvement on the building site that has been on the seafront for so long.

All we need now is for the sunshine we are currently having to stay, and then everyone can enjoy the seafront in all its glory once again.

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Valentine's Nightmare Storm
To read all that happened that night, please click here.

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