Our beloved Council is reviewing the way it charges people for having huts on the public beach. Apparently they have had legal advice that the current arrangements fall short of best practice. This document spells out the background, and the proposed new charges.
In a nutshell, the rents go up, there’s no discount for being a local or for being a long-term owner, and the cost of selling a beach hut goes down. There’s a suggestion that these changes be phased in over two years.
The Council is asking three main questions:
- What do you think of the proposed Beach hut rents for 2014/15?
- Do you think the market rent should be introduced fully in 2014/15 or phased over two years?
- What are your views on allowing beach hut owners to sub-let their beach hut?
This consultation is open to all residents (not just hutters or community groups), so if you have an opinion one way or the other, do be sure to let your Council know.