The project to replace 119 beach huts and improve the seafront at Milford-on-Sea has been completed.
NFDC’s deputy chief executive Colin Read presented the first beach hut key to hut owner Colin Holdsworth of the New Forest Beach Hut Owners’ Association on Tuesday 16 May.
Colin Read said “I am delighted to be welcoming the beach hut owners and the public back to Milford beach over the next few weeks to enjoy what we all hope will be a beautiful summer in this gorgeous location. I am proud that the council has been able to make the best of the unexpected opportunity to improve Milford’s seafront for everyone. I am sure the improvements will encourage more visitors and benefit the village and the New Forest coast as a whole.”
He continued: “It is a particular pleasure to hand the keys to Colin Holdsworth. As the representative of the Milford Beach Hut Owners Association on our project board, Colin has made a significant contribution to the vision for the seafront, along with Milford Parish Council.”
After the original 1960s terraced concrete beach huts were severely damaged in a huge storm on Valentine’s Day 2014, New Forest District Council agreed to replace the beach huts and also use the opportunity to improve Milford’s seafront.
The new beach huts have been built in the same location along the top of the beach as the old huts but occupy a slightly smaller footprint, providing improved views of the Isle of Wight from around the Needles Eye Café. They are constructed of concrete in four terraces and set back into the upper promenade to reduce their exposure to the elements. Larger gaps between the terraces allow for better access to the beach. The promenade in front of the huts has been widened, improving access along the lower promenade.