Felixstowe Beach Cabin Owners Fight Against Plans to Relocate Graduation Huts

4:30 p.m. 20 November 2021

Proposals to relocate beach huts blocking a seaside ballroom have drawn criticism from owners and residents alike who claim it will damage the resort’s heritage.

Opponents claim that the area near the Felixstowe spa pavilion was where the beach hut craze began in Victorian times.

The huts at the center of the argument once stood on the beach next to the theater.

However, the 55 huts were moved to the ball almost four years ago after the shoreline suffered severe erosion, and the East Suffolk council has been desperate for a new permanent site for them ever since.

The huts block off half of a bustling ballroom area used by walkers, cyclists, and cottage owners, as well as for events like the annual Historic Car Rally and Art on the Prom.

Now the council wants to move 16 of the huts to the southern waterfront – in front of the sea wall of Martello Park.

The huts would stand in front of the Martello P tower – but on the other side of the dike
– Credit: Archant

Fans believe, however, that the cabins should stay near the Spa pavilion.

Francis Law, of Tomline Road, Felixstowe, said: “Huts have been present on this site since at least 1891, making it the very first modern beach hut location in the whole of the UK.

“Surely East Suffolk Council should focus on preserving and maximizing Felixstowe’s great heritage in this regard, especially in these times of post-Covid staycation boom, rather than seeking to ban these beach huts and their families, friends and rental guests off. ends of town? “

The owner of the hut, Ruth Dugdall-Marshall, opposes it and considers that the relocation of the huts is “rushed, without giving due consideration to the historical and heritage aspect of having beach huts in the Spa area” and there was no clear or convincing rationale.

She added: “They are part of the DNA of the Spa area. Removing the beach cabanas from this area would forever change Felixstowe’s appearance and forever change the view of the conservation area.”

Other shelter owners have complained about the move, especially the distance to the new site.

Felixstowe City Council recommended that the plans be approved.

The relocated huts would stand in front of the Martello P tower, but a heritage report for the council said “the degree of damage (to the monument) is considered less than less than substantial”.

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