Row over uniform beach hut colour policy to be discussed at Christchurch council meeting

Bournemouth Echo: SEEING RED: Beach hut owner John Sandford-Hart SEEING RED: Beach hut owner John Sandford-Hart

THE row over beach hut colour schemes will be discussed at a Christchurch council meeting on Wednesday.

The council’s community services committee has been recommended not to change its policy – despite criticism of the scheme by residents.

In December, the Daily Echo reported that former soldier John Sandford-Hart had slammed demands from council staff to repaint his stripy beach hut at Friars Cliff.

He described the rules as “bonkers”.

Another hut owner, Gordon Espley, who has painted boats on his beach hut, said he felt like owners were “coming up against a brick wall” if they wanted to express any kind of individuality.

The criticism led to a meeting of councillors and staff, where a recommendation was made that beach huts should be painted one colour only.

The report to the committee on Wednesday says “the high profile of the subject matter has led to concerns about the value of the policy, the need for restrictions of any kind and potential reputational concerns”.

A meeting on January 22 to review the policy noted that, although some owners may want to have more individuality over decoration, if a small minority were not allowed to comply with conditions it would be difficult to stop others.

It added: “Matters of decorative taste are very subjective.

“If the condition on decoration was relaxed completely the council would have no remedy if hut owners decorated their hut in a way which was of poor taste or decorated with images that could possibly cause offence to some members of the community or the council.”

All decorative colours are allowed, except luminescent. Members of the committee are being recommended not to make any changes to the current licence conditions.

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12:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

echor23 says...

Good to see that Christchurch council have such pressing matters on their hands that they have time to discuss the case of a man and his beach hut doing no harm whatsoever! Typical council..busy bodies who need to have a form of power in their life to feel good about themselves. Wonder how much time they will dedicate to flooding issues?
#councillorsaremoron
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Good to see that Christchurch council have such pressing matters on their hands that they have time to discuss the case of a man and his beach hut doing no harm whatsoever! Typical council..busy bodies who need to have a form of power in their life to feel good about themselves. Wonder how much time they will dedicate to flooding issues? #councillorsaremoron s echor23
  • Score: 26

12:16pm Mon 24 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

I am delighted that Christchurch Council have their priorities in such good order.

Frankly this is becoming boring, could we arrange an 'archaeological dig' under all the huts and be rid of them, it seems to be the way the dodgier side of Christchurch does things!
I am delighted that Christchurch Council have their priorities in such good order. Frankly this is becoming boring, could we arrange an 'archaeological dig' under all the huts and be rid of them, it seems to be the way the dodgier side of Christchurch does things! muscliffman
  • Score: 25

12:17pm Mon 24 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours!

We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles?

Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines.

Get a life !!! :o/
Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours! We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles? Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines. Get a life !!! :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 28

12:57pm Mon 24 Feb 14

skydriver says...

Yet again the councillors getting into the echo why oh why can't they let the folk who pay for them do as they wish , within reason, these cllrs are just a bunch of interfering old busy bodies, and the quicker they are gone the better.
As another commenter said, let's go and cut down some trees.
Get your own house in order before you start on trivia
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Yet again the councillors getting into the echo why oh why can't they let the folk who pay for them do as they wish , within reason, these cllrs are just a bunch of interfering old busy bodies, and the quicker they are gone the better. As another commenter said, let's go and cut down some trees. Get your own house in order before you start on trivia . skydriver
  • Score: 20

1:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

dobrojoe says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours!

We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles?

Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines.

Get a life !!! :o/
I have always hated uniforms, especially school uniforms but soldiers, too should be allowed to wear what they like - and policemen. Soldiers and policemen are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles and if they want to look like The Village People or The Teletubbies, why not? It's not as if it was going to degrade their image. You could argue that it would increase their visible presence instead of blending into the background. Then there are the stupid 'uniforms' that footballers have to wear - all the same colour. Footballers are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles. How much more interesting would a match be if everybody was dressed differently? etc. etc
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours! We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles? Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines. Get a life !!! :o/[/p][/quote]I have always hated uniforms, especially school uniforms but soldiers, too should be allowed to wear what they like - and policemen. Soldiers and policemen are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles and if they want to look like The Village People or The Teletubbies, why not? It's not as if it was going to degrade their image. You could argue that it would increase their visible presence instead of blending into the background. Then there are the stupid 'uniforms' that footballers have to wear - all the same colour. Footballers are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles. How much more interesting would a match be if everybody was dressed differently? etc. etc dobrojoe
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Mon 24 Feb 14

trolley says...

they really are buffoons. good luck to the bloke who has made his beach hut look very attractiver to passers by.
You couldn't make it up.
Problem is the tories can do what they like as the blue rinse brigade will blindly vote them in time after time.
they really are buffoons. good luck to the bloke who has made his beach hut look very attractiver to passers by. You couldn't make it up. Problem is the tories can do what they like as the blue rinse brigade will blindly vote them in time after time. trolley
  • Score: 15

1:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

skydriver says...

No doubt later this week the leader of the council will once again being getting up set and getting his point across in the Echo, when will he take the hint and go away, he is a total waste of space and time.
No doubt later this week the leader of the council will once again being getting up set and getting his point across in the Echo, when will he take the hint and go away, he is a total waste of space and time. skydriver
  • Score: 12

1:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

sunny1966 says...

Christchurch council are so anual. Have they not got more important matters to concentrate on, such as the people they have let down over the recent flooding, and ripping people off over the selling of sandbags, problem is someone somewhere votes them in every time. Before voting them in in the futre "STOP" and look at what they have really done for you, and the big salarys they are taking.
Christchurch council are so anual. Have they not got more important matters to concentrate on, such as the people they have let down over the recent flooding, and ripping people off over the selling of sandbags, problem is someone somewhere votes them in every time. Before voting them in in the futre "STOP" and look at what they have really done for you, and the big salarys they are taking. sunny1966
  • Score: 8

1:50pm Mon 24 Feb 14

skydriver says...

dobrojoe wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours!

We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles?

Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines.

Get a life !!! :o/
I have always hated uniforms, especially school uniforms but soldiers, too should be allowed to wear what they like - and policemen. Soldiers and policemen are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles and if they want to look like The Village People or The Teletubbies, why not? It's not as if it was going to degrade their image. You could argue that it would increase their visible presence instead of blending into the background. Then there are the stupid 'uniforms' that footballers have to wear - all the same colour. Footballers are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles. How much more interesting would a match be if everybody was dressed differently? etc. etc
It's councillors , what do you expect , they can't see logic, tunnel vision and narrow minded, from the leader down, nothing better to do with their time.
Oh yes another meeting means another expense claim, our money mind you.!!!
[quote][p][bold]dobrojoe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours! We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles? Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines. Get a life !!! :o/[/p][/quote]I have always hated uniforms, especially school uniforms but soldiers, too should be allowed to wear what they like - and policemen. Soldiers and policemen are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles and if they want to look like The Village People or The Teletubbies, why not? It's not as if it was going to degrade their image. You could argue that it would increase their visible presence instead of blending into the background. Then there are the stupid 'uniforms' that footballers have to wear - all the same colour. Footballers are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles. How much more interesting would a match be if everybody was dressed differently? etc. etc[/p][/quote]It's councillors , what do you expect , they can't see logic, tunnel vision and narrow minded, from the leader down, nothing better to do with their time. Oh yes another meeting means another expense claim, our money mind you.!!! skydriver
  • Score: 7

2:46pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Jetwasher says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours!

We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles?

Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines.

Get a life !!! :o/
Indeed, two fingers up to the council
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Why do the huts have to be uniform in colour and style? Personally, I would much rather see a blaze of colour across the huts to addd vibrancy and individuality to them and the beach. It would look lovely with bright colours! We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, so why must everything be uniform, when we are all INDIVIDUALS with different tastes and styles? Christchurch Council = silly old duffers who are stuck in their ways and hate anyone to step out of their IMPOSED and formal lines. Get a life !!! :o/[/p][/quote]Indeed, two fingers up to the council Jetwasher
  • Score: 2

3:08pm Mon 24 Feb 14

camvalley says...

Well done Councillors ,sounds like if this is all you have to worry about ,than the town of xchurch dosen't need you and could save a lot of money , at least they are making the sea front pleasant and welcoming
Well done Councillors ,sounds like if this is all you have to worry about ,than the town of xchurch dosen't need you and could save a lot of money , at least they are making the sea front pleasant and welcoming camvalley
  • Score: 2

4:38pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Muddyford Mick says...

To save any arguments, why not put a tree preservation order on them, then CBC can come along and knock them all down.
To save any arguments, why not put a tree preservation order on them, then CBC can come along and knock them all down. Muddyford Mick
  • Score: 6

5:02pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Gingertree says...

I think the huts look much more vibrant and cheerful being different colours The summer is the time for bright and cheerful colours And in the winter a splash of colour reminds you summer isn't so far away
I think the huts look much more vibrant and cheerful being different colours The summer is the time for bright and cheerful colours And in the winter a splash of colour reminds you summer isn't so far away Gingertree
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Mon 24 Feb 14

TWERLY says...

The beach huts on the spit opposite Mudeford quay are all painted different colours so why aren't the council telling them to be repainted into a boring single colour! At least there is no health and safety issue so you can clearly see them and cannot bump into them in the dark when they are brightly painted unless one uses "lead" paint !!
The beach huts on the spit opposite Mudeford quay are all painted different colours so why aren't the council telling them to be repainted into a boring single colour! At least there is no health and safety issue so you can clearly see them and cannot bump into them in the dark when they are brightly painted unless one uses "lead" paint !! TWERLY
  • Score: 4

5:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ex PHC says...

TWERLY wrote:
The beach huts on the spit opposite Mudeford quay are all painted different colours so why aren't the council telling them to be repainted into a boring single colour! At least there is no health and safety issue so you can clearly see them and cannot bump into them in the dark when they are brightly painted unless one uses "lead" paint !!
Consistency is clearly what Christchurch Council lack in their decision making and why insist on such a boring dull colour green. Now that nearly 50 new huts replacing the demolished ones a great opportunity presents itself to repaint them all to complement those on the spit. Make Avon Beach a delight to see for both visitors and locals but that is up to our fuddy duddy councilors to decide on Wednesday and they like GREEN.
[quote][p][bold]TWERLY[/bold] wrote: The beach huts on the spit opposite Mudeford quay are all painted different colours so why aren't the council telling them to be repainted into a boring single colour! At least there is no health and safety issue so you can clearly see them and cannot bump into them in the dark when they are brightly painted unless one uses "lead" paint !![/p][/quote]Consistency is clearly what Christchurch Council lack in their decision making and why insist on such a boring dull colour green. Now that nearly 50 new huts replacing the demolished ones a great opportunity presents itself to repaint them all to complement those on the spit. Make Avon Beach a delight to see for both visitors and locals but that is up to our fuddy duddy councilors to decide on Wednesday and they like GREEN. Ex PHC
  • Score: 3

7:49pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

Have none of these people anything better to do, gales, floods, smashed beach hut and restaurants with windows blown in and all these senile old duffers can hold a meeting about is the color of someones beach hut, what a sad bunch of old cronies they are, why not have a meeting about freezing or reducing council tax instead and use your time more constructively.
Have none of these people anything better to do, gales, floods, smashed beach hut and restaurants with windows blown in and all these senile old duffers can hold a meeting about is the color of someones beach hut, what a sad bunch of old cronies they are, why not have a meeting about freezing or reducing council tax instead and use your time more constructively. Hessenford
  • Score: 2

11:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

It is all about control.

If they can tell you the colour of paint, they can dictate virtually anything.
It is all about control. If they can tell you the colour of paint, they can dictate virtually anything. Yankee1
  • Score: 4

1:06am Tue 25 Feb 14

RM says...

If X'church Council are insisting that all beach huts must be the same drab colour surely it makes sense for the Council to buy a job lot of paint & take responsibility for painting the beach huts when they need it? On the other point of Cllrs having it 'their way or no way' - there's local elections next year - get together & create a newsletter of all the things the Council have done wrong e.g uniform beach huts, charging for sandbags, failing to sort out the floods, destroying the trees etc etc. I'm not from there but I'm sure there's plenty more things residents could come up with. Then about a 2 months before the elections, distribute the newsletter in every ward, sit back & see what the effect is on the voting results.
If X'church Council are insisting that all beach huts must be the same drab colour surely it makes sense for the Council to buy a job lot of paint & take responsibility for painting the beach huts when they need it? On the other point of Cllrs having it 'their way or no way' - there's local elections next year - get together & create a newsletter of all the things the Council have done wrong e.g uniform beach huts, charging for sandbags, failing to sort out the floods, destroying the trees etc etc. I'm not from there but I'm sure there's plenty more things residents could come up with. Then about a 2 months before the elections, distribute the newsletter in every ward, sit back & see what the effect is on the voting results. RM
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ex PHC says...

RM wrote:
If X'church Council are insisting that all beach huts must be the same drab colour surely it makes sense for the Council to buy a job lot of paint & take responsibility for painting the beach huts when they need it? On the other point of Cllrs having it 'their way or no way' - there's local elections next year - get together & create a newsletter of all the things the Council have done wrong e.g uniform beach huts, charging for sandbags, failing to sort out the floods, destroying the trees etc etc. I'm not from there but I'm sure there's plenty more things residents could come up with. Then about a 2 months before the elections, distribute the newsletter in every ward, sit back & see what the effect is on the voting results.
Better still stand against the current councillors as "Independant Listen to the Electors Candidates" and see if they are still supported by their members
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: If X'church Council are insisting that all beach huts must be the same drab colour surely it makes sense for the Council to buy a job lot of paint & take responsibility for painting the beach huts when they need it? On the other point of Cllrs having it 'their way or no way' - there's local elections next year - get together & create a newsletter of all the things the Council have done wrong e.g uniform beach huts, charging for sandbags, failing to sort out the floods, destroying the trees etc etc. I'm not from there but I'm sure there's plenty more things residents could come up with. Then about a 2 months before the elections, distribute the newsletter in every ward, sit back & see what the effect is on the voting results.[/p][/quote]Better still stand against the current councillors as "Independant Listen to the Electors Candidates" and see if they are still supported by their members Ex PHC
  • Score: 2

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