Futures Forum: District Council proposals on beach huts >>> separating 'rates' and 'rents'
This report is from the latest Exmouth Journal:
‘Equality’s important’ over use of beach huts‘Equality’s important’ over use of beach huts - News - Exmouth Journal
The basis for most of these recommendations came from a District Councillor's research comparing the systems currently used in neighbouring councils:
Beach Huts: Research
For: Scrutiny Committee, 17 September 2015
The EDDC Scrutiny Committee considered the proposals for the future of East Devon’s chalets and beach huts. These proposals were devised in discussions between Officers and Councillors in the secret Asset Management Forum at EDDC. Many public meetings have been held in the coastal towns of East Devon because of the major concerns raised by them.
Councillor Roger Giles insisted that the proposals for change were included on a Scrutiny Committee early in his Chairmanship so that the public and Ward Councillors could have a good chance of persuading the full Council to take account of their considerable concerns.
EDA Councillor Marianne Rixson is a member of the Scrutiny Committee and did extensive research into how neighbouring Councils manage their beach huts. She used her research to argue strongly for changes to the proposals.
She summarised her research for the Committee by emphasising that the beach huts and chalets are an appreciating asset and should be the subject of investment to protect them, rather than selling them off whilst many were in a dilapidated state. She also said that variations from just offering annual leases should be considered and replacement huts could be made two-storey at Sidmouth to increase Council income rather than spreading the beach huts to other parts of the coastline.
The Scrutiny Committee made a number of recommendations to Council for changing the proposals, many of them as a direct result of her research.
You can read the Council’s own press release about the discussions and resolutions here[a]. Marianne’s research is shown in the table below.
Beach Huts: Research « East Devon Alliance
Meanwhile, we need to be very careful about where we put any new beach huts - as this story from further down the coast shows:
Preston beach huts moved by 'super tide' | Torquay Herald Express