Extra 11 beach huts at Christchurch will make council £146K and sell for £20k (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Extra 11 beach huts at Christchurch will make council £146K and sell for £20k
AN EXTRA 11 beach huts will be built at Friars Cliff beach in Christchurch, making the council £146,000.
Members of the resources committee at Christchurch Borough Council approved the plans for the new huts at a meeting last week.
Officer Alan Ottaway said the initial £73,400 investment for the huts from the council would be returned over a four year period, making the council a possible £146,000, to be used for other capital schemes.
The huts, which do not need planning permission, will be built at the end of the current huts, towards Highcliffe and would hopefully be available by Easter 2014, ready for the summer season.
The council will need to obtain permission from the Ministry of Defence, who they bought the land from in 1983, due to a covenant concerning new buildings on the land.
They hope to sell the huts for £20,000 each excluding VAT and will hire any remaining huts out until they can be sold.
Cllr Claire Bath, portfolio holder for the economy said: “It seems an obvious thing to do when we are trying to grow our economy and increase revenue for the council.
“It will also increase the revenue from car parking.”
In the report to the committee, the council also suggests possibly “negotiating better rents from The Beach Hut café at Friars Cliff” - which is a council-owned business leased to local tenants – as another source of extra revenue.
The work is likely to begin in the New Year.
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