Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hayling Island beach huts moved as part of urgent sea-defence repairs

The affected timber breastwork on West Beach, Hayling Island
Image caption Havant Borough councillor David Guest said the work would also improve the view for owners

Twenty-two beach huts are being moved as part of urgent works to remove eroding timber sea defences from a Hampshire beach.

Contractors are moving the beach huts to another area on West Beach, Hayling Island during the two-week project.

Works include removing a section of the sloping sea defences in front of the huts to prevent them from collapsing.

Borough councillor David Guest said: "Moving the beach huts is a necessity that we cannot avoid really."

He added: "I think in the long run, the owners will welcome the improved views and easier access from having their huts relocated."

The project includes moving and reconstructing existing sloping rock banks to provide more protection against the sea.

A spokesman said it would "make access to the water much safer and easier for the owners, and for other beach users".

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