Storm-damaged beach huts in Newquay will cost thousands to replace
BEACH huts were smashed to smithereens by storms at two Newquay beauty spots over the weekend.
Businessman Nick Briant said all 18 huts at Tolcarne beach would need replacing, at £500 to £600 each, and Andi Millson, operations manager at Lusty Glaze, said at least two huts had been wrecked and others damaged.
A section of cliff above Lusty Glaze also collapsed, but luckily the rubble fell away from buildings.
Businesses at Mr Briant's Fistral beach complex escaped further damage, although previously damaged decking at Beach Bar, closed for the winter, was torn away by the waves. Both men said they were waiting for bad weather forecast for today and Friday to pass before starting repairs.
Mr Millson said: "It's been a tough month but we've had a lot of support. Last time we had people coming down to help us clear up and we need as much support as possible this time.
"We'll hold on until after Wednesday, when there's supposed to be a giant swell, and then we can start putting stuff back together. We want people to know we're still open."
Mr Briant said boulders and stones placed along the front of the Fistral complex by Cornwall Council last month had protected it.
"We'll continue to work with the council and we have a meeting with them next week," he said.
For more on the storms, see pages 24 to 27.