Many huts escaped damage by floating on the exceptionally high water, but as a result many need to be re-sited. Some will be easier than others. However the water has not fully receded and this work should not take place until the area is clearer.
Tendring District Council will place skips on site to assist and the Town Council has been clearing a great deal of debris. One water tap is back on to assist (outside toilet block. However others remain affected by the surface water. The Environment Agency will be on site to try and open the sluice gates to assist with clearing surface water.
It is advisable that re-siting of beach huts is delayed until TDC/BTC can coordinate actions and review base/bearer positions, particularly on the row alongside the grass car park where many old platforms, bases and balconies would benefit from a planned review. The other huts alongside the tarmac car park may be moved back more easily.
TDC/BTC staff are in the process of contacting all beach hut owners to establish which huts have been damaged beyond repair and which need only minor repairs or repositioning. However, some hut owners have already taken, or are planning, action and are asked to refrain from ordering major work such as cranes and other lifting equipment at this stage.
If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Parking and Seafront team on 01255 686969 or Brightlingsea Town Council on 01206 303535.