Beach huts build begins
Work will start in early September on a major project by New Forest District Council to build 119 beach huts and improve the seafront at Milford-on-Sea on the New Forest coast.
The contract to build the new concrete beach huts, replace the upper and lower promenades and install access ramps and steps, has been awarded to Raymond Brown Construction Ltd of Ringwood. The contractors will begin set-up on site on 5 September for the works which are expected to take six months.
Councillor Sophie Beeton, NFDC's portfolio holder for the environment, said "It's exciting to see work begin on rebuilding the beach huts. With their innovative design this landmark project is sure to enhance the seafront for residents and visitors to our stunning coastline.
"By starting work after the school holidays have ended we are aiming to keep disruption to a minimum. We will keep residents informed during the project and I would encourage people to visit our website newforest.gov.uk/beachhuts to see how the project progresses."
Car park and footpath closure
Hurst Road West car park will be closed from 5 September for the duration of the works, as the area will be used as the contractor's compound. The public toilets will remain open throughout. The nearest alternative public toilets with disabled parking are in Sea Road car park.
Hurst Road East car park will remain open throughout the build.
The construction site will extend from beside the White House at the western end to the slipway in front of the Needles Eye café at the eastern end. The upper and lower promenades will be closed to the public between these two points from 5 September 2016 for the duration of the build. Users of the coastal footpath will be diverted along Hurst Road.
Lorries delivering to the site will avoid Milford village by using the B3058 coast road to the west of the village.
During the project regular updates will be available at newforest.gov.uk/beachhuts .