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Humberston Fitties archive information

Humberston Fitties archive information

This section contains information from before the management handover on 4 October 2017. For current information go to the Humberston Fitties Chalet Park.

The day to day management of the Humberston Fitties is carried out by Tingdene Holiday Parks.

Service charge



Bourne Leisure

Meetings about the Humberston Fitties since 2010

  • Portfolio Holder Resources – 26 October 2010
  •  Cabinet – 6 December 2010
  • Regeneration, Housing and Environment Scrutiny Panel – 5 July 2011
  • Cabinet – 5 September 2011
  • Policy, Performance and Resources Scrutiny Panel – 10 August 2012
  • Select Committee – 23 October 2012
  • Select Committee – 25 October 2012
  • Policy, Performance and Resources Scrutiny Panel – 19 December 2012
  • Cabinet – 14 January 2013: (The findings report from the Humberston Fitties select committee was submitted to Cabinet at this meeting)
  • Regeneration, Environment and Housing Scrutiny Panel – 3 September 2013
  • Cabinet – 13 October 2014: (A report entitled Humberston Fitties – Future Management and Disposal was submitted to Cabinet at this meeting)
  • Joint meeting of the Tourism, Leisure and Culture and Regeneration, Environment and Housing Scrutiny Panel – 10 December 2014: Humberston Fitties Flood Risk Assessment report.
  • Joint meeting of the Regeneration, Environment and Housing and Tourism, Leisure and Culture and Scrutiny Panels – 1 September 2015: Humberston Fitties – Findings of the independent Flood Risk Assessment.
  • Cabinet – 17 December 2015
  • Cabinet – 8 June 2016
  • Joint Regeneration, Environment and Housing & Tourism, Leisure and Culture Scrutiny Panel – 12 July 2016
  • Special Cabinet – 17 October 2016
  • Cabinet – 18 January 2017 – to approve the offer from the preferred bidder and refer to full council.
  • Council – 8 February 2017 – to discuss the preferred bidder and recommend a scrutiny panel.
  • Joint Regeneration, Housing and Environment, and Tourism, Leisure and Culture Scrutiny Panels – 21 February 2017 – recommend the preferred bidder to Cabinet.
  • Cabinet – 15 March 2017 – approved the offer from the preferred bidder.

Copies of agendas and minutes can be found in our Committee meetings calendar.

During the closed season period, when the site is not open and in the interest of security, we suggest that chalet owners remove any valuables from their chalet and make sure it is adequately secured. Due to the risk of flooding chalet owners should also consider taking the following precautions should a flooding event occur:

  • Sign up for flood warnings and know where to find the most up to date flooding information for your area. Telephone Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit the Environment Agency  website.
  • Know who to contact and how. Agree with relatives and friends where to go and how to contact each other.
  • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and mains water supply, and mark taps and switches to help you remember.
  • Think about which items you can move now. Where possible move items of personal value to a safe place.
  • Think about what you could move safely during a flood, including pets, furniture, electrical equipment, garden ornaments etc.
  • Prepare a flood kit. Include important contact numbers, bottled water, non-perishable food, a battery-operated radio, warm clothing, medication, torch etc.

The Flood Risk Assessment and Evacuation Plan completed by Black and Veatch has been reviewed against the Environment Agency’s new water profiles data. The plan will go to scrutiny in September 2015 for their consideration.

Flooding documents

Humberston Fitties Flood Risk Assessment 2014 (PDF, 23MB)

Humberston Fitties Analysis of Flood Risk 2007 (PDF, 12MB)

2014 Humber Interim Water Level Profile – Best Estimate (PDF, 145KB)

Environment Agency Standard Notice (PDF, 30KB)

Related websites

Black and Veatch

Environment Agency – Sign up for flood warnings

‘Fitties’ is a local word meaning ‘salt marsh’. The Humberston Fitties were originally one of a number of fitties along this part of the coastline.

The Humberston Fitties developed when the area was divided up into plots of different sizes during the 1920’s. These areas became known as plot lands. During the First World War the coastal area was used for billeting soldiers who were stationed in the nearby Haile Sands Fort.

After the war a local family set up a tent so they could have access to fresh air to combat ill health. The following year they erected a chalet and after the soldiers were demobbed other people moved in with tents or into the original camp huts used by the soldiers.

More holidaymakers arrived bringing their own accommodation in the form of caravans, buses and old railway carriages. As the area developed holiday chalets were built on stilts and wheels because the area was prone to flooding.

In 1938 the land ownership was passed to the local authority. This has allowed us to preserve this unique area when other similar private plot lands have been gradually sold off for development over the years. During World War II the chalets were again returned to military duty, and it is believed that a decoy representing Grimsby Docks was erected nearby.

In 1947 the Planning laws were changed and became much more stringent in respect of holiday chalets. As a result, caravans became more popular because they were subject to fewer restrictions.

In 1953 many of the chalets were destroyed by the disastrous floods, which breached the Lincolnshire Coastline. Others had to be recovered from neighbouring plots. The sea defences were then improved which meant that many chalets lost their sea views.

Modern conveniences such as roads, water and sewage systems have been added by the authority over the years and in 1996 the area was declared a conservation area following requests from the tenants. This was followed by an Article 4 Direction in 1998, which allows the authority greater control over development in the area to preserve the character of the area to everyone’s benefit.

There are over 300 chalet plots held on leases from the council. The Humberston Fitties has a closed season which prohibits the overnight occupation during the months of January and February. This is a strict clause contained in the leases held by the chalet owners.

If you require any further information or details regarding the closed season please contact the Valuation team.

For more information about attractions and activities in the area visit the Tourist information page.