Seaside chalets at Felixstowe get makeover to repair winter storm damage

Refurbishment work taking place on the chalets at Bath Tap in Felixstowe.

Refurbishment work taking place on the chalets at Bath Tap in Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

Work costing around £200,000 is under way to refurbish holiday chalets on Felixstowe seafront, removing fears that the site could be under threat.

Suffolk Coastal council has employed contractors to do the work on the brick-built chalets at Bath Tap, alongside the prom, and those further south next to Cliff House.

Workers have so far replaced the felt roofs – which were badly damaged when they blew off in a storm in the early hours of Christmas Eve in 2013 – and are replacing all the front doors and windows with new UPVC ones.

The balconies of the chalets are being waterproofed, with problems of leaks that have affected several of the properties being repaired, and the hand rails are all being redecorated.

Roy Gray, of the Felixstowe Beach Hut and Chalet Association, said it was the first work on the chalets – which are believed to date back to the 1950s – for some time.

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He said: “There had been some worries earlier about whether the council wanted to keep them in the current climate and there had been a lot of problems with leaks and those on the ground floor suffering water coming in from above.

“We are delighted the council is carrying out this work, improvements to keep them in good shape for the years ahead.”

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Beach hut and chalet owners face a rent rise of 2.6% from April.

Mr Gray said he had written to council leader Ray Herring to voice concern.

He said: “I know it’s not as large a rise as we were faced with two years ago, but the council did tell us when we met them that it would be in line with the retail prices index and my understanding is that is 2%.”

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