December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Putting up more beach huts for sale or rent on the north Essex coast offers a “massive opportunity” to generate income for public finances, a council leader has said.
Tendring District Council’s cabinet is due to discuss a beach hut strategy document today which talks about “the possible realisation of capital” and “increasing revenue streams” from selling new sites and huts along seafronts in the district.
Leader of the council Peter Halliday, said: “A case in point are the eight new beach huts we put up in Clacton this year. Over the summer they went like hot cakes and proved very popular with visitors who rented them for different periods.
“It is yet to be decided whether we keep them for on-going rental or sell them but either way there is a good market for them. We will also see a major development of the Clacton and Holland seafront over the next few years and beach huts offer a massive opportunity to generate income in the future.”
The strategy document also highlights the importance of providing adequate council services to the owners of some of the 3,000 beach huts in Tendring, and the importance of keeping the appearance of beach huts at a respectable level to attract tourists to the area.
Mention is also made of the council exploring charging different tariffs for huts located in prime and less attractive locations and additional rates for extra structures such as verandas and patios.
But Linda Jacobs, who is chairman of Clacton and Holland Beach Hut Association, urged the council not see the existing beach hut owners as cash cows. She said: “Many beach hut owners are retired and on fixed incomes. In the past we have seen rent and rates rise well above inflation and we always get a bit uncomfortable when we hear the council talking about making more money from beach huts.”