'Beach huts should only be painted one colour’, says Christchurch council in latest row

Bournemouth Echo: PERSPECTIVE: Gordon and Janet Espley, whose hut on Avon Beach has been found to be in breach of colour scheme regulations PERSPECTIVE: Gordon and Janet Espley, whose hut on Avon Beach has been found to be in breach of colour scheme regulations

A COUNCILLOR has been accused of bringing her council “into disrepute” – for questioning its beach huts colour scheme policies.

Cllr Lesley Dedman was hauled over the coals at a behind closed doors meeting at Christchurch Borough Council on Wednesday.

At the meeting councillors and staff at Christchurch Council recommended that beach huts should be painted one colour only.

This comes after the Daily Echo reported that former soldier John Sandford-Hart criticised demands from council staff to repaint his immaculately decorated stripey beach hut.

He described the rules regarding his beach hut at Friars Cliff as ‘bonkers’ and said he had refreshed the blue and white stripes already painted since before he bought it five years ago.

Cllr Dedman declined to comment on the meeting or the council’s beach hut policy when contacted by the Echo.

But she had stepped into the dispute earlier this month and criticised the ‘draconian’ decision by the council.

Another hut owner Gordon Espley has painted boats on his beach hut at Friars Cliff which is deemed as against the rules by the council.

He said: “I think the whole matter is dreadful – I have painted little boats on my beach hut and it’s so iconic that postcards have even been made from a photograph of it.

“I just wanted some kind of adult debate about this but it seemed like my quiet approach hasn’t worked. I just feel like we’re coming up against a brick wall if we want to have any individuality.”

Councillor Mike Duckworth, Chairman of the Beach Huts Task & Finish Group, speaking through the council press office, said: “All huts should have walls painted in one colour only.

“However, where previously only five distinct colours were allowed, the licence conditions now allowed any colour apart from neon or fluorescent.”

He added: “However, if we were minded to allow a small minority not to comply with agreed licence conditions, it would be very difficult for us to stop others doing the same.”

The final decision regarding the beach hut colours will be decided by councillors on February 26.

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8:05am Sat 25 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

The Henry Ford Council
The Henry Ford Council Lord Spring

8:12am Sat 25 Jan 14

funkyferret says...

How repressive of individuality.
How repressive of individuality. funkyferret

8:12am Sat 25 Jan 14

crispy_pants says...

Nothing better or more urgent to debate.
Nothing better or more urgent to debate. crispy_pants

8:15am Sat 25 Jan 14

billy bumble says...

For once I am with the Council on this

It could easily get out of hand and become tasteless and kiss me quick tatty

Any colour you like as long as it's a single colour seems reasonable enough to me
For once I am with the Council on this It could easily get out of hand and become tasteless and kiss me quick tatty Any colour you like as long as it's a single colour seems reasonable enough to me billy bumble

8:17am Sat 25 Jan 14

jobsworthwatch says...

All owners should paint their huts the same colour, a nice mid grey colour, should keep a very grey council happy.
All owners should paint their huts the same colour, a nice mid grey colour, should keep a very grey council happy. jobsworthwatch

8:17am Sat 25 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Lord Spring wrote:
The Henry Ford Council
You can have any colour you like as long as it ***************
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: The Henry Ford Council[/p][/quote]You can have any colour you like as long as it *************** Lord Spring

8:29am Sat 25 Jan 14

yasinac says...

Surely these lucky people are fortunate to OWN these beach huts? Can they not then paint them whatever colour they choose? I would really prefer it if councillors dealt with meaningful causes. A beach boasting uniform, boring beach huts hardly encourages a vibrant, fun atmosphere on our fabulous coastline. What next, everyone to wear navy on the beach and have matching picnic baskets!
Our children love looking at the beach huts and how individual they all are. My husband and me like deciding which one to aspire to owning.
Councillors please get on with working to improve our town, not ruining what's individual about it.
Surely these lucky people are fortunate to OWN these beach huts? Can they not then paint them whatever colour they choose? I would really prefer it if councillors dealt with meaningful causes. A beach boasting uniform, boring beach huts hardly encourages a vibrant, fun atmosphere on our fabulous coastline. What next, everyone to wear navy on the beach and have matching picnic baskets! Our children love looking at the beach huts and how individual they all are. My husband and me like deciding which one to aspire to owning. Councillors please get on with working to improve our town, not ruining what's individual about it. yasinac

8:30am Sat 25 Jan 14

r-westy says...

and we should all have the same swim ware and drive the same cars, pathetic
and we should all have the same swim ware and drive the same cars, pathetic r-westy

9:01am Sat 25 Jan 14

spooki says...

Probably because they could just buy huge tubs of paint in the same colour for less than buying lots of different colours.
Surely a well looked after beach hut is better than slapping on 'Council Green' paint on everything?
Probably because they could just buy huge tubs of paint in the same colour for less than buying lots of different colours. Surely a well looked after beach hut is better than slapping on 'Council Green' paint on everything? spooki

9:07am Sat 25 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Zimmer.
I bleeding pad predictive.
Zimmer. I bleeding pad predictive. BIGTONE

9:12am Sat 25 Jan 14

John T says...

Christchurch Council....where beach huts go to dye!
Christchurch Council....where beach huts go to dye! John T

9:13am Sat 25 Jan 14

Lucky Rich says...

The brighter the better i would say, they need to look bright & cheerful all year round & be part of the attraction of the area.
The brighter the better i would say, they need to look bright & cheerful all year round & be part of the attraction of the area. Lucky Rich

9:21am Sat 25 Jan 14

AlexTLF says...

It's the colour scheme regulations that need changing (probably the same regulation for prison cells) but that means the council have to actually do something instead of being a load of misery ar**s
It's the colour scheme regulations that need changing (probably the same regulation for prison cells) but that means the council have to actually do something instead of being a load of misery ar**s AlexTLF

9:31am Sat 25 Jan 14

Phixer says...

"At the meeting councillors and staff at Christchurch Council recommended that beach huts should be painted one colour only."

Marxist red.

How about a 'brush in' one weekend where we all take our forgotten tins of paint from the shed and 'refurbish' some of the beach huts?

BTW, did anyone vote to elect 'council staff'? If, not, why do the 'staff' have a say??
"At the meeting councillors and staff at Christchurch Council recommended that beach huts should be painted one colour only." Marxist red. How about a 'brush in' one weekend where we all take our forgotten tins of paint from the shed and 'refurbish' some of the beach huts? BTW, did anyone vote to elect 'council staff'? If, not, why do the 'staff' have a say?? Phixer

9:56am Sat 25 Jan 14

rayc says...

"Councillor Mike Duckworth, Chairman of the Beach Huts Task & Finish Group,"

It is so depressing. You could not make that group title up. It smacks of the controls that Councils want to have over their residents. With all the troubles in the country surely there are more pressing things to spend time on than 'Beach Huts Task and Finishing'?
"Councillor Mike Duckworth, Chairman of the Beach Huts Task & Finish Group," It is so depressing. You could not make that group title up. It smacks of the controls that Councils want to have over their residents. With all the troubles in the country surely there are more pressing things to spend time on than 'Beach Huts Task and Finishing'? rayc

10:04am Sat 25 Jan 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Phixer wrote:
"At the meeting councillors and staff at Christchurch Council recommended that beach huts should be painted one colour only."

Marxist red.

How about a 'brush in' one weekend where we all take our forgotten tins of paint from the shed and 'refurbish' some of the beach huts?

BTW, did anyone vote to elect 'council staff'? If, not, why do the 'staff' have a say??
"BTW, did anyone vote to elect 'council staff'? If, not, why do the 'staff' have a say" this is the problem throughout Councils. The officers should be there to recommend, but all too often it is "dictate" and the Cllrs have to tow the line otherwise they are in breach of the Code of Conduct.

Quite sad that this is a concern to Christchruch Council with all the other more important issues out there, like flooding for instance
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: "At the meeting councillors and staff at Christchurch Council recommended that beach huts should be painted one colour only." Marxist red. How about a 'brush in' one weekend where we all take our forgotten tins of paint from the shed and 'refurbish' some of the beach huts? BTW, did anyone vote to elect 'council staff'? If, not, why do the 'staff' have a say??[/p][/quote]"BTW, did anyone vote to elect 'council staff'? If, not, why do the 'staff' have a say" this is the problem throughout Councils. The officers should be there to recommend, but all too often it is "dictate" and the Cllrs have to tow the line otherwise they are in breach of the Code of Conduct. Quite sad that this is a concern to Christchruch Council with all the other more important issues out there, like flooding for instance bobthedestroyer

10:04am Sat 25 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

What the hell is a 'Task & Finish Group?' Methinks these councillors have too much time on their hands. Grandiose bull is what I'd call it.
What the hell is a 'Task & Finish Group?' Methinks these councillors have too much time on their hands. Grandiose bull is what I'd call it. whataboutthat

10:22am Sat 25 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Colorful beach huts would be a welcome contrast from the morbid colours of the council cafes and smelly toilets along the prom, its about time council officials got on with something a little more productive than worry about paint.
Colorful beach huts would be a welcome contrast from the morbid colours of the council cafes and smelly toilets along the prom, its about time council officials got on with something a little more productive than worry about paint. Hessenford

10:41am Sat 25 Jan 14

John T says...

whataboutthat wrote:
What the hell is a 'Task & Finish Group?' Methinks these councillors have too much time on their hands. Grandiose bull is what I'd call it.
'What the hell is a Task & Finish Group?
'First the Council don' Task what the residents want, and then they Finish by wasting what remains of Council Taxpayers money!
For colourful examples of this, look know further than Bournemouth's Surf Reef and Poole's Twin Sails Bridge.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: What the hell is a 'Task & Finish Group?' Methinks these councillors have too much time on their hands. Grandiose bull is what I'd call it.[/p][/quote]'What the hell is a Task & Finish Group? 'First the Council don' Task what the residents want, and then they Finish by wasting what remains of Council Taxpayers money! For colourful examples of this, look know further than Bournemouth's Surf Reef and Poole's Twin Sails Bridge. John T

10:47am Sat 25 Jan 14

John T says...

Sorry, that should have been 'no', you know!
I am sure the Council would know better!
Sorry, that should have been 'no', you know! I am sure the Council would know better! John T

10:55am Sat 25 Jan 14

The Witch says...

Hessenford wrote:
Colorful beach huts would be a welcome contrast from the morbid colours of the council cafes and smelly toilets along the prom, its about time council officials got on with something a little more productive than worry about paint.
Maybe Mike Duckworth and other members of the council should take a trip to other seaside towns and see how pretty their beach huts are painted in various hues.
I think the vast majority of beach hut owners take a great pride in THEIR huts ( do not belong to the council, they only own the land the huts are placed on) and would not dream of painting them in any way that was not tasteful.
Beach hut owners not only have to buy the hut in the first place but then have to pay the council a substantial rent each year although the council does little in the way of anything for the owners, who buy the council rules are supposed to sweep and keep clean the area in front of their huts.
Maybe its sour grapes on the council and their staff because they are so poorly paid they cannot afford a hut !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Colorful beach huts would be a welcome contrast from the morbid colours of the council cafes and smelly toilets along the prom, its about time council officials got on with something a little more productive than worry about paint.[/p][/quote]Maybe Mike Duckworth and other members of the council should take a trip to other seaside towns and see how pretty their beach huts are painted in various hues. I think the vast majority of beach hut owners take a great pride in THEIR huts ( do not belong to the council, they only own the land the huts are placed on) and would not dream of painting them in any way that was not tasteful. Beach hut owners not only have to buy the hut in the first place but then have to pay the council a substantial rent each year although the council does little in the way of anything for the owners, who buy the council rules are supposed to sweep and keep clean the area in front of their huts. Maybe its sour grapes on the council and their staff because they are so poorly paid they cannot afford a hut !!!! The Witch

11:09am Sat 25 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

"A COUNCILLOR has been accused of bringing her council “into disrepute”"

Also known as not toeing the party line and actually have a personal opinion.
"A COUNCILLOR has been accused of bringing her council “into disrepute”" Also known as not toeing the party line and actually have a personal opinion. Old Colonial

11:10am Sat 25 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

How much is Councillor Mike Duckworth, Chairman of the Beach Huts Task & Finish Group receiving in allowances for being so small minded and petty ? It seems that whilst councils are being forced to cut vital services they still have money to squander on small minded town hall dictators who have nothing better to do with their time than cause mischief and try and make local peoples lives a misery.
.
Cllr Duckworth, yet another councillor sitting on numerous committees for which he gets paid £9k in allowances for NOT representing the interests of local tax payers.
How much is Councillor Mike Duckworth, Chairman of the Beach Huts Task & Finish Group receiving in allowances for being so small minded and petty ? It seems that whilst councils are being forced to cut vital services they still have money to squander on small minded town hall dictators who have nothing better to do with their time than cause mischief and try and make local peoples lives a misery. . Cllr Duckworth, yet another councillor sitting on numerous committees for which he gets paid £9k in allowances for NOT representing the interests of local tax payers. BmthNewshound

11:59am Sat 25 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Meanwhile in Bournemouth (unless it has changed very recently) the Council have maintained a single paint colour private beach hut policy for well over sixty years - green. I just thought in all the excitement on this topic it might be worth a mention......
Meanwhile in Bournemouth (unless it has changed very recently) the Council have maintained a single paint colour private beach hut policy for well over sixty years - green. I just thought in all the excitement on this topic it might be worth a mention...... muscliffman

1:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

60plus says...

You don't see every house in a road of private houses painted the same colour,so as these beach huts are privately owed why should they be all the same colour.
You don't see every house in a road of private houses painted the same colour,so as these beach huts are privately owed why should they be all the same colour. 60plus

1:30pm Sat 25 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

muscliffman wrote:
Meanwhile in Bournemouth (unless it has changed very recently) the Council have maintained a single paint colour private beach hut policy for well over sixty years - green. I just thought in all the excitement on this topic it might be worth a mention......
Everybody already knows Bournemouth is a "green" council.
Why am I thinking weeds?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile in Bournemouth (unless it has changed very recently) the Council have maintained a single paint colour private beach hut policy for well over sixty years - green. I just thought in all the excitement on this topic it might be worth a mention......[/p][/quote]Everybody already knows Bournemouth is a "green" council. Why am I thinking weeds? BIGTONE

1:41pm Sat 25 Jan 14

billy bumble says...

60plus wrote:
You don't see every house in a road of private houses painted the same colour,so as these beach huts are privately owed why should they be all the same colour.
Have ANY of you read this article?? - or just the headline?

The Council is not saying they all have to be the same colour - they say that you can use any colour you want ( except neon or fluorescent ) - but the colour you choose must be the only colour used on the hut

There has to be some control
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: You don't see every house in a road of private houses painted the same colour,so as these beach huts are privately owed why should they be all the same colour.[/p][/quote]Have ANY of you read this article?? - or just the headline? The Council is not saying they all have to be the same colour - they say that you can use any colour you want ( except neon or fluorescent ) - but the colour you choose must be the only colour used on the hut There has to be some control billy bumble

2:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

One man,s Sahara gold is another man,s Dog dodo yellow
One man,s Sahara gold is another man,s Dog dodo yellow kalebmoledirt

2:41pm Sat 25 Jan 14

oy@Bmth says...

Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story.
Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?
Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story. Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels? oy@Bmth

2:59pm Sat 25 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

oppression is winning.
oppression is winning. live-and-let-live

3:01pm Sat 25 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

oy@Bmth wrote:
Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story.
Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?
Are you sure the beach huts are made of beech?
[quote][p][bold]oy@Bmth[/bold] wrote: Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story. Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?[/p][/quote]Are you sure the beach huts are made of beech? speedy231278

3:35pm Sat 25 Jan 14

yasinac says...

billy bumble wrote:
60plus wrote:
You don't see every house in a road of private houses painted the same colour,so as these beach huts are privately owed why should they be all the same colour.
Have ANY of you read this article?? - or just the headline?

The Council is not saying they all have to be the same colour - they say that you can use any colour you want ( except neon or fluorescent ) - but the colour you choose must be the only colour used on the hut

There has to be some control
Why does there have to be some control? These people OWN their beach huts, and looking at the design the Echo have pictured I don't see anything wrong with it. The design is I keeping with the location and nicely done.
Privately owned houses don't have rules over decoration, unless of course covenants are in place, but then at least you're aware of them before you purchase.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: You don't see every house in a road of private houses painted the same colour,so as these beach huts are privately owed why should they be all the same colour.[/p][/quote]Have ANY of you read this article?? - or just the headline? The Council is not saying they all have to be the same colour - they say that you can use any colour you want ( except neon or fluorescent ) - but the colour you choose must be the only colour used on the hut There has to be some control[/p][/quote]Why does there have to be some control? These people OWN their beach huts, and looking at the design the Echo have pictured I don't see anything wrong with it. The design is I keeping with the location and nicely done. Privately owned houses don't have rules over decoration, unless of course covenants are in place, but then at least you're aware of them before you purchase. yasinac

3:49pm Sat 25 Jan 14

yasinac says...

oy@Bmth wrote:
Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story.
Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?
That's probably because this is an article about beach huts! Sarcasm aside, I haven't seen a story regarding fracking in the Echo but basing my own opinion on the 60 odd year history of fracking and no reports of contaminated water/tremors my only issue would be as to the location. So if a story occurs regarding a fracking site that would ruin what little outstanding views we have then ill comment. That ok for you?
[quote][p][bold]oy@Bmth[/bold] wrote: Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story. Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?[/p][/quote]That's probably because this is an article about beach huts! Sarcasm aside, I haven't seen a story regarding fracking in the Echo but basing my own opinion on the 60 odd year history of fracking and no reports of contaminated water/tremors my only issue would be as to the location. So if a story occurs regarding a fracking site that would ruin what little outstanding views we have then ill comment. That ok for you? yasinac

4:17pm Sat 25 Jan 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

r-westy wrote:
and we should all have the same swim ware and drive the same cars, pathetic
How far does that attitude go? Should everyone walking the good streets of Christchurch be the same colour too?
[quote][p][bold]r-westy[/bold] wrote: and we should all have the same swim ware and drive the same cars, pathetic[/p][/quote]How far does that attitude go? Should everyone walking the good streets of Christchurch be the same colour too? HRH of Boscombe

4:54pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Rich© says...

how about 50 Sheds of Grey ?

They do look a bit dull & boring, I cant see anything wrong with brightening them up, I quite like Gordon and Janet Espley beach hut.
how about 50 Sheds of Grey ? They do look a bit dull & boring, I cant see anything wrong with brightening them up, I quite like Gordon and Janet Espley beach hut. Rich©

6:56pm Sat 25 Jan 14

arthur1948 says...

boring old gits
boring old gits arthur1948

7:50pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

oy@Bmth wrote:
Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story.
Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?
This is a story about the color of beach huts, not fracking, anyhow, if fracking is on the agenda then I for one welcome it, we need gas now, ignore the do gooding tree huggers and lets get some home grown gas in the hope that prices will reduce.
[quote][p][bold]oy@Bmth[/bold] wrote: Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story. Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?[/p][/quote]This is a story about the color of beach huts, not fracking, anyhow, if fracking is on the agenda then I for one welcome it, we need gas now, ignore the do gooding tree huggers and lets get some home grown gas in the hope that prices will reduce. Hessenford

9:52pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Why not paint them the colour of sea gull droppings? A sort of guano-white-grey. It would match the drab attitude of the Council and solve a common problem caused by our feathered bombers.
Why not paint them the colour of sea gull droppings? A sort of guano-white-grey. It would match the drab attitude of the Council and solve a common problem caused by our feathered bombers. Yankee1

11:16pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

Question: do councillors get paid enough in allowances for allowing themselves to be seen as such a***s in the media?
Question: do councillors get paid enough in allowances for allowing themselves to be seen as such a***s in the media? Old Colonial

11:20pm Sat 25 Jan 14

stumpy123 says...

do we get a comment from Mike Duckworth ?
do we get a comment from Mike Duckworth ? stumpy123

11:22pm Sat 25 Jan 14

stumpy123 says...

when is the debate on this being held. Is it behind closed doors so none of us get a say ?
when is the debate on this being held. Is it behind closed doors so none of us get a say ? stumpy123

11:30pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Gonetothebeach says...

Oh, dear - so no support likely, then, from council for huts painted by Banksy, Tracey Emin or Damien Hirst? Shame. I can only suppose the terms of reference of the Council's Task and Finish Group were drawn very narrowly. This debate has succeeded in drawing my attention to how boring most of the huts are all the way along the beach from Sandbanks to Bournemouth as I walk past regularly and how tatty some of them look. At least the brightly or newly painted ones give pleasure to those of us who can't quite afford to own or lease one, and give us landmarks on our walks. Yes - there have to be some limits set, but let's be bit more adventurous than prescribing a single colour.
Oh, dear - so no support likely, then, from council for huts painted by Banksy, Tracey Emin or Damien Hirst? Shame. I can only suppose the terms of reference of the Council's Task and Finish Group were drawn very narrowly. This debate has succeeded in drawing my attention to how boring most of the huts are all the way along the beach from Sandbanks to Bournemouth as I walk past regularly and how tatty some of them look. At least the brightly or newly painted ones give pleasure to those of us who can't quite afford to own or lease one, and give us landmarks on our walks. Yes - there have to be some limits set, but let's be bit more adventurous than prescribing a single colour. Gonetothebeach

8:13am Sun 26 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

speedy231278 wrote:
oy@Bmth wrote:
Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story.
Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?
Are you sure the beach huts are made of beech?
I thought he meant Beech Nuts.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oy@Bmth[/bold] wrote: Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story. Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?[/p][/quote]Are you sure the beach huts are made of beech?[/p][/quote]I thought he meant Beech Nuts. Lord Spring

9:24am Sun 26 Jan 14

neilf2006 says...

Extraordinary !!! ...do have a google at ...... beachuts wells next the sea, (norfolk), to see how wonderful individual colour schemes can be. The Christchurch shops sell many stripey beach hut cards, souvenirs, etc, i assume these will be removed by order of the council ! Madness!
Extraordinary !!! ...do have a google at ...... beachuts wells next the sea, (norfolk), to see how wonderful individual colour schemes can be. The Christchurch shops sell many stripey beach hut cards, souvenirs, etc, i assume these will be removed by order of the council ! Madness! neilf2006

11:40am Sun 26 Jan 14

John T says...

Lord Spring wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
oy@Bmth wrote:
Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story.
Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?
Are you sure the beach huts are made of beech?
I thought he meant Beech Nuts.
Yes, he seems to be in a write Pickel!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oy@Bmth[/bold] wrote: Isn't it good that more people have commented about this story rather than the fact Christchurch has a Fracking Company about to set up test drilling on the Morrisons site. Even the Echo seem to be ignoring this story. Bring back the good old days when the town hall door and all council nominated woodwork including Beech huts were painted in the same colour of the ruling party. Red Blue or Yellow. If so many people are unhappy with what's happening with the lack of local democracy why are they not contacting Eric Pickels?[/p][/quote]Are you sure the beach huts are made of beech?[/p][/quote]I thought he meant Beech Nuts.[/p][/quote]Yes, he seems to be in a write Pickel! John T

2:21pm Sun 26 Jan 14

sprintervanman says...

You only have to take a walk through an Irish Village and see the Beautifully painted cottages to see how a mix of colours brightens a row of buildings.
You only have to take a walk through an Irish Village and see the Beautifully painted cottages to see how a mix of colours brightens a row of buildings. sprintervanman

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