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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Storm shatters Cumbria beach hut landmark

AN ICONIC beach hut which has stood on the coast road between Barrow and Ulverston for at least 60 years has been destroyed by tides over the weekend.

Leonard Scar hut on the coast road, Newbiggin, met its demise on Saturday after powerful waves ripped it apart.

Aldingham Parish Councillor for Newbiggin and Coast Road, Janet Butler, 65, was shocked by its impact.

She said: “The water came right up to the village. When I saw the hut I just said, ‘oh my God, the hut has gone’.

“It’s sad when it’s been there all those years. The tide has just washed it all away. Bits of it were all over the beach.”

Mrs Butler’s brother-in-law, Edgar and his wife Bertha Greaves had lived in it when they got married.

Mrs Butler says she wants the authorities to take action over the state of the sea defences.

She said: “The damage to the area has got worse since the council filled the ramp to the beach in and the tide has swept away where the hut was and the land underneath it.

“The council needs to put in a concrete wall or gabion baskets. When they did the sea defences with rock armour it meant the sea had nowhere to go but into the hut.

“They need to find something to stop the tides causing damage or to stop the force of the waves.”

Workmen have spent the weekend carrying our repairs to the coast road between Barrow and Ulverston, which remains closed until at least tomorrow (Tuesday).

As Friday’s flood waters receded the full extent of the damage to the road became evident, with large sections of the road surface ripped up and parts of the coastline washed away.

Have your say

Whatever the age of the hut its as sad as when the famous Rampside golf hut burned down. Very sad. I do hope they have insurance to cover that kind of damage.
Walney will be around for centuries to come. Don't worry, it's been 11 miles long for this long so I really can't see any rapid geographical change erasing it. There is more chance of Walney becoming the next Oil and Gas capital of Europe than it is disappearing. By the time this weather gets worse in a decade or so, you will struggle to hear about conditions like rough seas, snow storms, floods, tornados and gales because of black-outs and scheduled switch-offs. The previous government and the current governments (Libs and Tories) have both failed to decide what is going to power our energy needs in the next few years. I'd be more worried about whats going to keep your house warm in 120 MONTHS than wondering if Walney Island will still exist or not in 120 years.

In the words of J.K. Rowling and Hagrid: these are dark times Harry, dark times.

Good Day. Happy 2014.

Posted by Anonymous on 7 January 2014 at 01:13

The hut has not been there for sixty years (that would make it 1954), the hut had been there for around NINETY years.
There are some famous pictures of the hut with vintage cars driving past it in several of the old Barrow picture postcard books.
A sad loss to the area and illustrates how much coastal erosion and environmental changes are speeding UL at an alarming rate.
Walney is slowly slipping into the sea, being the lowest laying Island in the whole of the British Isles. At this rate, the whole island will be under water in around 120 years. I, for one, would not be looking to buy one of the new houses which seem to be shooting up at Vickerstown and North Scale.

Posted by William Barnfield on 6 January 2014 at 20:33

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