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Funds released to build 70 beach huts on Gorleston seafront

PUBLISHED: 20:01 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:05 02 August 2018

Beach hut owners will enjoy views of Gorleston seafront Picture: Denise Bradley

Beach hut owners will enjoy views of Gorleston seafront Picture: Denise Bradley

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The sale and marketing of 70 new beach huts plots for Gorleston seafront has been approved by Great Yarmouth Borough Council under a £270,000 scheme.

Tonight the council’s policy and resources committee agreed to release a further £130,000 to meet the costs of building the huts and a £77,000 amenity block.

Each timber beach hut on the Lower Promenade will cost £2,500 to build and once they and the amenity block are constructed the council will spend £23,000 a year on utility costs, a part time beach hut warden service, cleaning, repairs and maintenance.

Council figures show each hut will have a ground rent of £750 a year on a 25 year lease subject to inflation, leading to a revenue surplus of £29,500 a year.

It is said they will sell for several thousand pounds each.

The original business case for the plan had cost £140,000, but that rose to £269,644.

Councillor Tony Wright did express fears of beach hut users encroaching on other parts of the promenade while fellow Labour councillor Trevor Wainwright said spending £20,000 on a warden and services seemed a “pretty low figure.”

The colourful huts will include a veranda at the front, and would be built of wood with a pitched roof. Planning permission for the huts is already in place.

The dedicated amenity block, with wash basins and toilets, will be available to hut owners.

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