BUILDING work on a new beach cafe is scheduled to start 'soon' after the temporary pop-up structure was taken away.

The container cabins which housed the pop-up beach cafe left Silecroft beach on Wednesday after four years of trade.

The pop-up cafe closed its doors for the final time earlier this summer after the three year lease to sell on the current premises expired.

The cafe was originally established as a data collection point to discover if it was financially viable to set up a business in Silecroft.

Backlash arose as a result of the closure as the cafe was expected to be allowed to remain open until a new building was built.

The permanent cafe, which will replace the current temporary structure, was given the go ahead by planners at the Lake District National Park Authority last year.

It is part of the Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast project - a series of attractions and improvements to the footpaths linking Copeland’s coast.

It is hoped the new café could be up and running some time this year, depending on the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The vision for a café came from residents, who included it in their Community Plan back in 2011.

The construction stage of the new cafe is being managed by Copeland Borough Council and once built the cafe will then be handed over to the Parish Council for the benefit of its residents.

According to a social media post shared by the Silecroft Pop-up Beach Cafe, construction work on the new cafe will be 'starting soon'.