Beach huts here at last

Five beach huts being delivered to their seafront position at St Annes
Five beach huts being delivered to their seafront position at St Annes

BEACH huts are back in St Annes – and although winter is just around the corner, there is nothing to stop them being used right away.

Stuart and Zoe Robertson, the couple behind the return of the wooden structures to the resort for the first time in three decades, were delighted to see the first five huts finally deposited on their seafront site this week.

The delivery by truck and crane of the ready-made huts followed a near-two month delay caused by a hitch over paperwork regarding the leasing of the land on which the huts will be sited from Fylde Council.

The Robertsons have planning permission for 45 huts on various seafront sites but are keen to get the first five established before targeting any date for delivery of more.

Of the initial five, two have been sold, both to buyers from out of town, negotiations are continuing over the sale of a third and the Robertsons are planning to rent out the other two on a daily basis. An online booking system is set to go live within the next week.

The huts, which have been designed by a specialist beach house builder from Christchurch, Dorset, are selling for £30,000 plus VAT, while the daily rental rate will vary according to the season. We are so relieved to see the huts here,” said Mr Robertson.

“It has been a long wait with a few hitches along the way but we are delighted to have them finally on site.

“They can be used all year round and there are some fantastic days ahead this autumn and winter.

“In fact, I prefer the sunny cold days to the wet summer ones. All being well, the huts will be available to rent for half term at the end of this month.”

The huts, which will have power installed shortly, are sited on the seaward side of the Mini-Links golf course, a few hundreds yards south of a display model which has been installed since June and continues to attract plenty of interest. There are no immediate plans to remove that.

Anyone interested in renting a hut should visit www.stannesbeachhuts.co.uk for details or call into the Dalmeny Hotel.