By Kris Jepson
A group of cabin owners in Middleton, Hartlepool are at risk of losing their community after 70 years, as Hartlepool Borough Council says it can no longer afford to subsidise the lease.
The Middleton Cabins have been serving the community since the 1950s and in 2009 they were located on Ferry Road.
Last year, the owners were given a stay of execution to try and find alternative funding to plug the gap usually covered by the council as part of the lease with landowners, PD Ports.
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The Middleton cabins are used as a hub by 36 cabin owners, who like to socialise and do hobbies like shellfishing and woodwork.
The cabin owners say if they go, the only thing left of Middleton Village will be the Hartlepool Smallcrafts Association founded by the cabin owners in 1968.
Director of Middleton Cabin Owners Ltd, Ron Clark, told ITV News the 36 cabins are a life line for the owners and that it provides a community for the group of men.
Hartlepool Borough Council told ITV News the council can no longer afford the £10,000 rent subsidy and the cabin owners have been given until 23 April to clear the site.
PD Ports said it is not party to any arrangement that the council has with the cabin owners or any discussions regarding Local Authority subsidies for community or leisure type activities.
A spokesperson for the company said: