Felixstowe: Call for rent freeze on huts and chalets

Angry beach hut owners protesting against beach hut and chalet rent rises at Felixstowe.

Angry beach hut owners protesting against beach hut and chalet rent rises at Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

Beach hut owners and chalet tenants face an uphill battle to secure a rent freeze next year after a steep rise this summer.

Users of the holiday havens were furious after Suffolk Coastal put the rents up by 20% for chalets and 12% for huts at Felixstowe.

After public meetings and a protest march, they formed an association.

Roy Gray, a member of the committee, said the group’s first meeting with Suffolk Coastal had been very constructive and positive.

He said: “We asked for a rent freeze following the rises this year, but were told that would be very doubtful and no decisions will be made yet about the 2014-15 charges.”

Geoff Holdcroft, cabinet member for leisure and economic development, said: “We intend to meet with the association again in the future to build on this constructive beginning.”