Herne Bay Downs beach hut plans could be dropped


A plan to build 40 beach huts on downs in Kent could be scrapped amid fears of their impact on coast erosion.

Canterbury City Council had been considering building huts on the downs near Beacon Hill at East Cliff, Herne Bay.

In a report to the council's executive, engineers raised concerns that the huts would prevent coastal protection works from being carried out.

A final decision on the scheme is due to be made by councillors on Thursday.

Village green

According to the report, the proposed beach hut site is within an active landslip area where engineering works have already been carried out.

Council officers and engineers will recommend that councillors vote to keep the downs free from development and work with the Save the Downs campaign group to develop a management plan for its future.

Campaigners against the proposal have already launched a bid to get the area registered as a village green to protect it from development.

The executive meeting takes place at the Guildhall in Canterbury on Thursday from 1830 BST and is open to the public.

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