Sutton on Sea

A series of huts and a metal container that have appeared on Sutton on Sea beach have been labelled an “eyesore” and sparked safety fears, but those behind the plans say they are not finished and believe the project will be beneficial to the local area.

A series of posts on Facebook with images of the new structures appeared on groups including the Save Sutton On Sea Colonnade and Beach Huts and the Sutton on Sea Beachcare pages over the past few days.

Many noted the huts appeared to be placed haphazardly on the dunes, with some at an angle or looking unsupported.

Founder of the Sutton on Sea Beachcare group Lianne Havell said none of the residents she had spoken to were happy about the new features.

She criticised the lack of access for those with mobility issues noting they were safer in a previous location on the promenade.

Stephen Maples questioned the amount of consultation that had gone into the plans, adding: “I must admit the container does look awful, and will still look awful when it’s painted another colour, the colour is not the issue, it’s the container please, please site it somewhere else.”

Lesley Lewis said: “These eyesores on the beach are a health and safety hazard now not safe for public use.”

Diane Turner commented “They need moving before somebody gets seriously hurt, plus they are an eyesore, what will visitors think?”

Paddy Poynton said: “Nightmare waiting to happen – get them back in the compound for now.”

The container in particular has been labelled an “eyesore”. | Image: Sutton on Sea Beachcare

The huts have been organised by the Mablethorpe Area Partnership.

They were originally on the Sutton on Sea Colonnade, however, have had to be moved after the lease with East Lindsey District Council ended.

Chairman of the partnership and ELDC Ward Councillor Helen Matthews leapt to the defence of the beach huts, posting on her own Facebook page that there had been “a lot of misinformation and concern”.

She told Local Democracy Reporters she was confused by the negativity online, and said she had been approached by a number of people offering to help and giving positive comments.

She said the project aimed to “let people know that although the colonnade project will take some years to come to fruition, Sutton on Sea is still open for business especially for those who love and enjoy the beach hut culture”.

The partnership has worked with the Environment Agency and Natural England to site the huts on the beach like some other coastal resorts she said, referencing locations such as Wells-next-the-Sea.

“Historically huts were sited in years gone by on the beach along with the horse drawn beach huts and bell tents,” said Councillor Matthews.

“The sand was cleared and with help from local farmers the huts were moved onto the beach.”

She said the project was still in early stages and that organisers realised they were “in a natural mobile environment”.

Commenters fear the huts are not safe. | Image: Sutton on Sea Beachcare

Councillor Matthews added that solutions were being sought, including the potential for small platforms or decking to be installed, with local businesses donating paint and volunteers helping to improve the aesthetic.

The exhibition container is going to be part of a community art youth project and painted to improve the appearance, she explained.

The first exhibition, in partnership with the Greater Lincolnshire Nature partnership, will tell the story of the flora and fauna in the dunes environment

She said there had already been advanced bookings for the huts with proceeds going to local causes.

Several people have commented positively in response to Councillor Matthews’ post with Beverly Cundliffe saying: ” I think it’s a great idea and I know so many people love the beach huts.

“I’m sure when they are on stilts they will meet health and safety and people can enjoy our beautiful coast.”

Susan Unwin replied: “What a wonderful idea to enhance the experience of a day at the beach able to stay longer and use the facilities in the town boosting the economy well-thought out.”

East Lindsey District Council and Councillor Adrian Benjamin, who is also understood to be involved, have also been contacted for further comment.

Three beach huts have been damaged in a fire at Sutton on Sea late last night.

Crews from Mablethorpe and Alford were called to Central Promenade at 10.24pm to a report of a fire.

The blaze caused fire damage to three chalets and was extinguished with two hose reels, one main jet, one thermal imaging camera and two dragon lamps.

Anyone with information or who saw people in the area should contact police on 101 quoting incident 7 of April 25.

An award-winning business in Sutton on Sea is the UK’s first net zero hotel, and it has now installed a new ground-breaking storage system that helps save up to 60 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

The Bacchus Hotel began its net zero journey around four years ago with the installation of a 35KW solar panel system, before a 16 bore hole 110KW ground source heating pump was added.

This enables the hotel to provide central heating water without the use of fossil fuels or gas, and has seen Bacchus achieve widespread acclaim for the environmentally sustainable effort put in by the owner David Smith.

Last week he played host to a visit from Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins, who went to to the Bacchus Hotel to discuss its innovative ideas behind energy creation, as well as a new system that will see the business go even further in its net zero ambitions.

David Smith showcasing his journey to reach net zero targets during a visit from Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins. | Photo: Victoria Atkins MP

It is now home to a twin battery storage system that allows the hotel to remain energy free for six months of the year, as well as cutting its electricity usage by 57% – saving 60 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

It is now hoped this innovation will pave the way for other local businesses to push for net zero targets, reducing their carbon footprint and supporting the environment.

Speaking about the visit, Victoria Atkins MP said: “I was delighted to visit Bacchus Hotel, the first net-zero hotel in the country, to see first-hand the vision and technology Mr Smith and his team have implemented to achieve this.

“Innovation and research are essential in our move towards net-zero and it is great to see entrepreneurs from our corner of Lincolnshire, like Mr Smith, leading the way.” 

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