Beach hut users’ anger over work to sea wall repairs

Alex O'Connor is among the beach hut users who are annoyed by the council carrying out work at West Cliff Beach
Alex O'Connor is among the beach hut users who are annoyed by the council carrying out work at West Cliff Beach

The sun has not been smiling on beach hut users at West Cliff Beach this week amid claims that workmen have turned the beauty spot into a building site.

And they say insult has been added to injury as the Cliff Lift remains out of action, three weeks after its temporary closure, leaving mums such as Alex O’Connor faced with pushing prams up the steep hill.

In the latest blight to the area, lorries have been a constant presence as Scarborough Council carries out repairs to the sea wall as part of its annual maintenance programme.

But now Sarah Taylor, who has paid £550 to rent a hut for the five month season, is calling for a refund on some of the rent as there was no warning about the work.

“They had all of March and April to carry out this work,” she said. “Our children have had to be aware of heavy vehicles and we have had to move chairs and tables many times to let them through - it is a health safety hazard.”

A council spokesman said: “We have to carry out the works when possible to fit in with favourable tides and weather conditions, which isn’t something we can do in the winter months. However we always try where possible to avoid the main summer holiday season so as to minimise disruption.