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Chalets in Cleethorpes need 'improving'

More than 50 beach chalets in Cleethorpes are the focus of refurbishment by the council after falling into a state of disrepair.

Deputy Leader of North East Lincolnshire council Mick Burnett said he wanted to work with leaseholders to bring the 53 brick built "huts" on Marine Embankment to a better standard.

The buildings are currently leased for 60 years at an annual £5 ground rent.

Mr Burnett said a number of recommendations would be considered.

'We can do it'

Mr Burnett, portfolio holder for tourism told the BBC: "We're looking at different ways of working with the present owners to encourage them to put their chalets back into good repair under their lease.

"If they don't want their day chalet, we'll take them off them and we'll do them [up] and re-lease them. The only thing I would say is they won't be at £5 a year for 60 years," said Mr Burnett.

A scrutiny report lists a number of recommendations which include tracing leaseholders, enforcing repairs and the option to surrender leases.

The proposals are due to be discussed on 29 November.

Mr Burnett added: "It's about working with them [leaseholders] and not about the big brother principle.

"I'm pretty certain with the owners, we can do it."

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