Beach huts protest

Beach Terrace Cafe petition against beach huts. Cafe owners Tony and Karen McLaughlin.
Beach Terrace Cafe petition against beach huts. Cafe owners Tony and Karen McLaughlin.

PLANS to build beach huts on St Annes seafront have prompted a wave of protest.

Applications to site a total of up to 60 huts at four different locations have been submitted to Fylde Council – but have already sparked objections, including a petition signed by over 100 people in a matter of days, while St Annes Town Council has expressed concerns about two other proposed sites.

The proprietors of the Beach Terrace Cafe are gathering signatures against the siting of huts at their end of the Promenade.

Co-owner Karen McLaughlin is concerned that the huts could ruin the panoramic view from the cafe, which she and her husband Tony have run for 10 years.

She is also worried that her business is referred to in the proposals as a key ‘facility’ at the south end of the promenade and that they could intrude on the Beach Terrace’s provision of toilets, mains water and free parking spaces for their customers, which the McLaughlins pay to provide.

The couple also feel that the huts could act as a magnet for vandals in an area of the seafront which already sees regular incidents of damage, particularly during the off-season.

Full report in this week’s Express.