BEACH huts are on their way back to St Annes.
The couple behind the bid to site a total of 45 huts at three different locations on the seafront have been meeting Fylde Council officials to iron out details after the plans were given the go-ahead by the council’s Development Management Committee.
The huts will be erected and managed by husband and wife team Stuart and Zoe Robertson on land being leased from Fylde Council and Mr Robertson says the site either side of the pier is the priority.
“We hope to get underway with building there as soon as possible but there is a lot of detail about the leasing and other practicalities still to be discussed so we don’t know a start date,” he said.
“Until we get going with the first one, it is also difficult to tell how long the building will take so timescales are difficult to predict but we are hopeful we will have some in place by the time the Open comes to town in July.
“We are just delighted to have been given permission and so excited about this opportunity.
“We are sure the huts will become a popular attraction in St Annes and leave a lasting legacy as far as tourism is concerned.”
The huts, which will have power but no running water, are set to sell for between £20,000 and £40,000 and the Robertsons have had interest from hundreds of people, mainly locals.
Available in a range of colours, the huts are set to be located, along with the site beside the pier, close to the boating pool and in front of the mini-links golf course.
Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council’s Cabinet member for tourism and leisure, welcomed the plans. She said: “I see the beach huts as a vital part of the drive to restore St Annes to classic resort status and they will be a boost to tourism and regeneration of the area.”
And Arnold Sumner, the town’s chamber of trade co-ordinator, added: “The chamber is backing them all the way.
We always encourage new business to come into the town and every seaside resort should have beach huts wherever possible.”
St Annes’ last beach huts were demolished in the 1980s after enjoying their heyday some decades before.