Demand for beach huts crashes Borough of Poole's website

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BOROUGH of Poole’s website crashed yesterday under the strain of thousands of residents signing up to the new beach hut waiting list.

After opening at noon, it took just a few minutes before the site went down due to a large amount of online visitors, leaving Borough of Poole to take to their Twitter page to apologise for the system being ‘unable to cope’.

Within the first hour, the website received 3,448 visits to boroughofpoole.com/beachhuts, which accounted for 25 per cent of all web traffic on the site, said a spokesperson for Borough of Poole.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, Borough of Poole, said: “We knew that reopening Poole’s beach hut waiting list after seven years would be popular but the demand we received at midday was higher than we could have predicted.

“We had almost 3,500 visits to our webpage and unfortunately our systems were unable to cope with this.

“We were able to resolve the issues within 30 minutes.”

It was the first opportunity in seven years for residents to apply for the popular beach huts, with the new waiting list being divided into seven areas, opening with Sandbanks yesterday.

One new area list will then go live every week, including Shore Road, Flaghead, Canford Cliffs, Branksome Chine, Branksome Dene and Hamworthy (for site only), which residents can apply for as many as they wish.

However, some residents disapproved of the fact that they would need to pay £25 to apply for each beach hut area waiting list. To make an application go to boroughofpoole.com, call 01202 708181 or visit the beach offices.

Problems registering...

• Sarah Gow, 43, from Lower Parkstone, said: “I went on the website at around 11.45am and saw the first page, which I filled in, but it was not showing the button to go through to the next page.

“When the site went down, I called Borough of Poole 10 times before I got through, and they said that they couldn’t take details as the system was down.”

• Kevin, 48, from Lower Parkstone, said: “It is the first time that I have applied for the waiting list and I am sure that the old system didn’t require a fee to get on the list.

“It’s a huge amount to pay just for the right of registering.”

• Sam Devlin, 46, from Broadstone, said: “We were very keen to get on the list and for many years it was closed, which was frustrating. We went on the website yesterday, but are specifically hoping to get Branksome Chine.

“The site going down wasn’t too bad, as we were just grateful that the list is open again.

“We were just hoping to get on the list, as we want to make the most of the area we live in.”

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8:07am Wed 15 Jan 14

60plus says...

Hope they found out the cost of them before they paid £25 because they are not cheap.
Hope they found out the cost of them before they paid £25 because they are not cheap. 60plus
  • Score: 7

9:53am Wed 15 Jan 14

rayc says...

I need to find myself a scheme where I can charge people £25 for a list of items that I may or may not be able to supply if they chose to want one.
Perhaps a fee for being given the menu in a restaurant, the list of properties for sale at an estates agent or cars for sale at a dealership? Could they get away with it?
I need to find myself a scheme where I can charge people £25 for a list of items that I may or may not be able to supply if they chose to want one. Perhaps a fee for being given the menu in a restaurant, the list of properties for sale at an estates agent or cars for sale at a dealership? Could they get away with it? rayc
  • Score: 6

10:00am Wed 15 Jan 14

Merleyman says...

The Council were so wrong in their belief that Poole residents just wanted weekly lets. A fair number of huts not being used during the Summer were in fact ones the Council had hoped to let out on a daily or weekly basis, but there was no great demand for these.

At last Poole Council have realised the residents really want the comfort of an annual rental hire and the overwhelming response once the list was made "open" again, has proved this fact.

Poole Council still have a number of huts available for daily or weekly hire.
The Council were so wrong in their belief that Poole residents just wanted weekly lets. A fair number of huts not being used during the Summer were in fact ones the Council had hoped to let out on a daily or weekly basis, but there was no great demand for these. At last Poole Council have realised the residents really want the comfort of an annual rental hire and the overwhelming response once the list was made "open" again, has proved this fact. Poole Council still have a number of huts available for daily or weekly hire. Merleyman
  • Score: 8

12:46pm Wed 15 Jan 14

leew1990 says...

its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.
its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal. leew1990
  • Score: 6

1:03pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kingstonpaul says...

I thibnk beach huts are just one of those absurd English behaviours. It's about the pecking order of having your own bit of turf, and wanting to show this off to the mere plebs passing by.
I thibnk beach huts are just one of those absurd English behaviours. It's about the pecking order of having your own bit of turf, and wanting to show this off to the mere plebs passing by. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Wed 15 Jan 14

apm1954 says...

no doubt they will keep some back for the gypsys .
no doubt they will keep some back for the gypsys . apm1954
  • Score: -2

11:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

AdelaidePete says...

If folk have more money than sense let them spend it.
If folk have more money than sense let them spend it. AdelaidePete
  • Score: 0

7:40am Thu 16 Jan 14

spyinthesky says...

leew1990 wrote:
its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.
Your opinion is your own but my children and grandchildren love the beach hut. Get out of your own environment leave the xbox or playstion and the world you live in, enjoying the stunning area we live in.

I can't afford a Sunseeker but a beach hut yes I can, hey that's what people want to do I am not going criticise. Sad sad you quote.

You really should get out more.
[quote][p][bold]leew1990[/bold] wrote: its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.[/p][/quote]Your opinion is your own but my children and grandchildren love the beach hut. Get out of your own environment leave the xbox or playstion and the world you live in, enjoying the stunning area we live in. I can't afford a Sunseeker but a beach hut yes I can, hey that's what people want to do I am not going criticise. Sad sad you quote. You really should get out more. spyinthesky
  • Score: 1

9:43am Thu 16 Jan 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I was previously a locksmith so I just let myself into any beach hut that I choose for the day providing it's not being used by anyone.
I always leave it tidy and sweep out any sand.
I was previously a locksmith so I just let myself into any beach hut that I choose for the day providing it's not being used by anyone. I always leave it tidy and sweep out any sand. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

9:50am Thu 16 Jan 14

leew1990 says...

spyinthesky wrote:
leew1990 wrote: its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.
Your opinion is your own but my children and grandchildren love the beach hut. Get out of your own environment leave the xbox or playstion and the world you live in, enjoying the stunning area we live in. I can't afford a Sunseeker but a beach hut yes I can, hey that's what people want to do I am not going criticise. Sad sad you quote. You really should get out more.
i do get out to the beach all the time in the summer, but sit in a nice quiet spot on the sand on canford cliffs with a cool box of beer/food, and a UV beach tent to store beach items. Then pack up and leave at the end of the day without being straddled by strangers on the swarming promenade spending £1700 a year to sit in a wooden shack.
[quote][p][bold]spyinthesky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leew1990[/bold] wrote: its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.[/p][/quote]Your opinion is your own but my children and grandchildren love the beach hut. Get out of your own environment leave the xbox or playstion and the world you live in, enjoying the stunning area we live in. I can't afford a Sunseeker but a beach hut yes I can, hey that's what people want to do I am not going criticise. Sad sad you quote. You really should get out more.[/p][/quote]i do get out to the beach all the time in the summer, but sit in a nice quiet spot on the sand on canford cliffs with a cool box of beer/food, and a UV beach tent to store beach items. Then pack up and leave at the end of the day without being straddled by strangers on the swarming promenade spending £1700 a year to sit in a wooden shack. leew1990
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

scrumpyjack says...

leew1990 wrote:
spyinthesky wrote:
leew1990 wrote: its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.
Your opinion is your own but my children and grandchildren love the beach hut. Get out of your own environment leave the xbox or playstion and the world you live in, enjoying the stunning area we live in. I can't afford a Sunseeker but a beach hut yes I can, hey that's what people want to do I am not going criticise. Sad sad you quote. You really should get out more.
i do get out to the beach all the time in the summer, but sit in a nice quiet spot on the sand on canford cliffs with a cool box of beer/food, and a UV beach tent to store beach items. Then pack up and leave at the end of the day without being straddled by strangers on the swarming promenade spending £1700 a year to sit in a wooden shack.
Quote 1: much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.

Quote 2: i do get out to the beach all the time in the summer,

How do you expect anyone to take you seriously?
[quote][p][bold]leew1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spyinthesky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leew1990[/bold] wrote: its a shed... on the beach, full of strangers packed in like sardines on the promenade. Go to B&Q get yourself a shed, and a sandpit, and enjoy the privacy of your own garden/amenities rather that a wooden shack on a packed promenade with rents payable equivalent of a band E on the council tax scale... and thats minus the rates on top of that of course. sad, sad people. its a SHED on the beach, get over it! jeeez much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal.[/p][/quote]Your opinion is your own but my children and grandchildren love the beach hut. Get out of your own environment leave the xbox or playstion and the world you live in, enjoying the stunning area we live in. I can't afford a Sunseeker but a beach hut yes I can, hey that's what people want to do I am not going criticise. Sad sad you quote. You really should get out more.[/p][/quote]i do get out to the beach all the time in the summer, but sit in a nice quiet spot on the sand on canford cliffs with a cool box of beer/food, and a UV beach tent to store beach items. Then pack up and leave at the end of the day without being straddled by strangers on the swarming promenade spending £1700 a year to sit in a wooden shack.[/p][/quote]Quote 1: much rather my own garden, my own space, my own friends, and a fridge packed with beer at my disposal. Quote 2: i do get out to the beach all the time in the summer, How do you expect anyone to take you seriously? scrumpyjack
  • Score: -1

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