Monday, July 29, 2019

Beach hut news roundup: Prices and police

It's that time of the year again when seaside sheds aka beach huts start to hit the headlines again. As always, it's the ludicrous price of beach huts on Mudeford Spit, Christchurch, Dorset that the media love to get up in arms about (the Metro is particularly 'outraged'). Pictured above is one of the most expensive, on at £275,000 with beach hut specialists Denisons which was built only eight years ago. It's double glazed and insulated, with a battery-operated pumped water system and water tank under the hut, gas water heater, inside lavatory with removable waste tank, mezzanine floor for sleeping, plus fridge, and solar panels. Could just about sleep 6.

For just the price of a pint however, reports the Bournemouth Echo, you could nip along to the Nelson Tavern in Mudeford and relax in their new beach hut-style booths.

And finally in Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire, police have set up summer shop in one of the resort's beach huts in an excellent piece of community policing.

“The chalet is absolutely beautiful and located on a beautiful stretch of the beach," said Sgt Cherry Kelly. "It was kindly donated to us for 2019 by Mablethorpe & Sutton on Sea Town Council and we’re just thrilled with it. Holidaymakers are a community in themselves over the summer so not only does the chalet give us that presence at the very heart of the community during the busy summer months, meaning we can respond quickly to any live incidents that might occur as well as actively engaging with the public, but when the season dies down in the winter we can use it to show other chalet owners how to protect their property.

“Some of the chalets are vandalised in the colder months and we want to show owners how to protect them. Ours has been decked out with fire resistant paint, specific locks and bars, and special film over the windows. While I would love to have my team patrol the chalet area permanently, it’s just not possible and so we’re hoping that showing owners how to protect their huts will help prevent any damage to them."  -------------------------------------------------
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