Replacing dilapidated beach huts and renovating others along a stretch of Folkestone's seafront will increase the number and visually improve the area.
We are renovating 35 of the existing beach huts, removing 44 which are in a poor condition and installing 80 new wooden chalets on the promenade below the Lower Leas Coastal Park. This is in the Folkestone Leas & Bayle Conservation Area.
We are also improving the surrounding area, including repairing retaining walls and replacing ramps and steps. Planning permission to carry out the work was given on 26 May 2020.
The new huts will vary in size from 1.8m x1.8m up to 3m x 3m, offering lease options at a rent to suit different budgets. They will be wooden with pitched felt roofs and finished with a stain.
The new huts are considered to resemble those found along the Kent coast and will complement the huts which are being renovated.
The huts being renovated are in two areas. Those numbered 1-27 are concrete huts and front doors and associated ironmongery will be replaced. The pitched slate roofs will be repaired or replaced depending on their condition. Loose render will be removed prior to painting and air bricks will be installed to prevent damp.
The tiered chalets in another zone are concrete with felt flat roofs and wooden windows and front doors. Loose render will be removed prior to painting and new roofs installed which are to be topped with sedum living green roofs to encourage biodiversity. Doors, ironmongery and shutters will be replaced.
A steel handrail near the tiered chalets is to be installed.
Work is due to start in June 2020 and the huts will be ready for use by summer 2021.
Due to popular demand, the waiting list for chalets is currently closed and we are not able to consider any further requests at this time.