Bournemouth beach hut owners could see rent hike of 10%

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth beach hut owners could see rent hike of 10% Bournemouth beach hut owners could see rent hike of 10%

BEACH hut owners in Bournemouth are likely to see their rents increased by an inflation-busting 10 per cent next year.

Bournemouth council said it has to increase prices to protect frontline services at a time when its government grant is being squeezed.

But hut owners say the proposed rent hike is unfair and claim they are seen as an easy target because there is a waiting list of people wanting to own a beach hut.

The Bournemouth Beach Hut Association is urging hut owners to lobby their local councillors over the issue. “We cannot go back to the bad old days of inflation-busting increases,” it said.

“We all need to oppose this as strongly as we can. We don’t accept that we should be priced off the prom as there is a long waiting list of people apparently eager to have our sites.”

Bournemouth council’s last run-in with hut owners came in 2009 when, for the first time, hut owners were billed separately for the “rates” element of their bill by the Valuation Office Agency.

Poole and Christchurch councils reduced bills by the sum they had previously paid to the government on hut owners’ behalf but Bournemouth chose not to.

Following a high-profile row with hut owners, the council then froze beach hut rents in 2011 and 2012 and increased them by 1.8 per cent in 2013.

Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture, said they were currently consulting with the Beach Hut Association about the proposed 10 per cent rise.

“This is not something we take lightly and do understand the difficult decisions beach hut tenants will have to make about the affordability of this leisure item for which demand remains high,” he said.

“However in these challenging economic times it is important that the council obtains good value for all local taxpayers from their assets and to continue to provide the essential services they expect. The council has therefore chosen to protect frontline services and increase the beach hut prices above inflation.”

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1:40pm Thu 12 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire!
If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire! jobsworthwatch

2:08pm Thu 12 Dec 13

skydriver says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire!
What an fool you must be then you will get fined, with a charge to the fire dept. please think before you make foolish comments, you will not stick to.
You sound like a petulant child . For goodness sake grow up.
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire![/p][/quote]What an fool you must be then you will get fined, with a charge to the fire dept. please think before you make foolish comments, you will not stick to. You sound like a petulant child . For goodness sake grow up. skydriver

2:31pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bob49 says...

Rename it a surfpod and put it up for sale - you can then get the council to cover any losses from the capital fund


ps cynics might suggest that the rise is for that exact (latter) purpose
Rename it a surfpod and put it up for sale - you can then get the council to cover any losses from the capital fund ps cynics might suggest that the rise is for that exact (latter) purpose Bob49

2:49pm Thu 12 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

skydriver wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire!
What an fool you must be then you will get fined, with a charge to the fire dept. please think before you make foolish comments, you will not stick to.
You sound like a petulant child . For goodness sake grow up.
Aren't you gullible!...and irritable?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire![/p][/quote]What an fool you must be then you will get fined, with a charge to the fire dept. please think before you make foolish comments, you will not stick to. You sound like a petulant child . For goodness sake grow up.[/p][/quote]Aren't you gullible!...and irritable? jobsworthwatch

2:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

But they are happy to throw the surf reef insurance pay out back in the sea?
But they are happy to throw the surf reef insurance pay out back in the sea? jobsworthwatch

3:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Merleyman says...

Bournemouth hut owners are lucky.
Poole beach hut rates have increased by 52% over past 3 years and are due another 10% rise next year.
Bournemouth hut owners are lucky. Poole beach hut rates have increased by 52% over past 3 years and are due another 10% rise next year. Merleyman

3:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

rozmister says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire!
If you can't have it anymore why allow anyone else the pleasure of enjoying it, eh? What a bloody idiot. The beach hut doesn't belong to you it belongs to the community of Bournemouth, vandalising it because you don't get your own way is pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire![/p][/quote]If you can't have it anymore why allow anyone else the pleasure of enjoying it, eh? What a bloody idiot. The beach hut doesn't belong to you it belongs to the community of Bournemouth, vandalising it because you don't get your own way is pathetic. rozmister

3:44pm Thu 12 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

Its a bit rich the Council putting up beach hut rents to protect frontline services whilst at the same time spending £200k on the Wheels Festival and £millions on Beesley's vanity projects and endless failed attempts to regenerate Boscombe.
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Bournemouth Council should get its own house in order before burdening local residents by increasing rents and charges for council services.
Its a bit rich the Council putting up beach hut rents to protect frontline services whilst at the same time spending £200k on the Wheels Festival and £millions on Beesley's vanity projects and endless failed attempts to regenerate Boscombe. . Bournemouth Council should get its own house in order before burdening local residents by increasing rents and charges for council services. BmthNewshound

4:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

rozmister wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire!
If you can't have it anymore why allow anyone else the pleasure of enjoying it, eh? What a bloody idiot. The beach hut doesn't belong to you it belongs to the community of Bournemouth, vandalising it because you don't get your own way is pathetic.
The hut does belong to me and further more it's completely rotten and needs replacing anyway. My family have had a hut in Bournemouth since 1960 they are certainly not as good a value as they were 50 years ago. Don't forget you are only getting about 4 months usage for your annual rent and then there are the vagaries of a British summer with which to contend.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire![/p][/quote]If you can't have it anymore why allow anyone else the pleasure of enjoying it, eh? What a bloody idiot. The beach hut doesn't belong to you it belongs to the community of Bournemouth, vandalising it because you don't get your own way is pathetic.[/p][/quote]The hut does belong to me and further more it's completely rotten and needs replacing anyway. My family have had a hut in Bournemouth since 1960 they are certainly not as good a value as they were 50 years ago. Don't forget you are only getting about 4 months usage for your annual rent and then there are the vagaries of a British summer with which to contend. jobsworthwatch

4:48pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Townee says...

I'm sure the beach hut owners will not be out of pocket, they will just put up the rent they charge holiday makers for the pleasure of using their beach hut that they rent from the council..
I wonder how many beach hut owners rent out the council owned beach huts they rent from the council.
I think it's called sub letting.
I'm sure the beach hut owners will not be out of pocket, they will just put up the rent they charge holiday makers for the pleasure of using their beach hut that they rent from the council.. I wonder how many beach hut owners rent out the council owned beach huts they rent from the council. I think it's called sub letting. Townee

7:34pm Thu 12 Dec 13

DUCKFEEDER says...

if you are not happy with the rises sell it simple
if you are not happy with the rises sell it simple DUCKFEEDER

10:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

Bournemouth council said it has to increase prices to protect frontline services at a time when its government grant is being squeezed.


The reason why is because central Government know how much you have stashed away. They will force you to spend it and not nail taxpayers to the wall.
Bournemouth council said it has to increase prices to protect frontline services at a time when its government grant is being squeezed. The reason why is because central Government know how much you have stashed away. They will force you to spend it and not nail taxpayers to the wall. BIGTONE

11:18pm Thu 12 Dec 13

simcal says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
rozmister wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire!
If you can't have it anymore why allow anyone else the pleasure of enjoying it, eh? What a bloody idiot. The beach hut doesn't belong to you it belongs to the community of Bournemouth, vandalising it because you don't get your own way is pathetic.
The hut does belong to me and further more it's completely rotten and needs replacing anyway. My family have had a hut in Bournemouth since 1960 they are certainly not as good a value as they were 50 years ago. Don't forget you are only getting about 4 months usage for your annual rent and then there are the vagaries of a British summer with which to contend.
My heart bleeds!
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: If this goes ahead I will drag my beach hut out onto the beach and set it on fire![/p][/quote]If you can't have it anymore why allow anyone else the pleasure of enjoying it, eh? What a bloody idiot. The beach hut doesn't belong to you it belongs to the community of Bournemouth, vandalising it because you don't get your own way is pathetic.[/p][/quote]The hut does belong to me and further more it's completely rotten and needs replacing anyway. My family have had a hut in Bournemouth since 1960 they are certainly not as good a value as they were 50 years ago. Don't forget you are only getting about 4 months usage for your annual rent and then there are the vagaries of a British summer with which to contend.[/p][/quote]My heart bleeds! simcal

11:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Yankee1 says...

It will pay to cover the costs of the mayor's limo.

Priorities, children....prioriti
es........
It will pay to cover the costs of the mayor's limo. Priorities, children....prioriti es........ Yankee1

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