Colourful beach huts allowed to stay until owners sell or redecorate says Christchurch council

Bournemouth Echo: John Sandford-Hart with his striped beach hut at Avon beach John Sandford-Hart with his striped beach hut at Avon beach

BEACH hut owners at Christchurch ordered to redecorate their huts will not face enforcement action to rectify the eye-catching colour scheme.

Councillors at Christchurch met on Wednesday to discuss the beach hut colour scheme following a row over how huts should be painted.

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.

On Wednesday, the council’s community services committee were recommended not to make any changes to the current beach hut licence requirements.

However, members decided not to change the current policy but allow those people whose beach huts currently contravened the policy before February 1, 2014, to let them remain this way until they sell or redecorate.

If the hut was sold or the current owner redecorated, then the colour scheme will have to abide by the guidelines, councillors agreed.

Cllr Nick Geary proposed the recommendation with the amendment, which was seconded by Cllr David Jones.

Cllr Jones said: “In one sense I am very uneasy with the state in any form saying “this is what you must do”.

“I think it is appropriate to allow as much latitude as we can.

“If you have got someone whose hut is reasonably decorated I think it’s not unreasonable to say you can leave it as it is but since you have got a new owner or when you redecorate then that is different.

“I think it will meet a number of the concerns.”

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7:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

Phixer says...

So the council will - in time - impose socialist principles on beach hut owners against the wishes of their paymasters.

Democracy - RIP.
So the council will - in time - impose socialist principles on beach hut owners against the wishes of their paymasters. Democracy - RIP. Phixer
  • Score: 29

7:33am Sat 1 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

Balmy decision.
So all the current owners of the colourful beach huts have to do is touch up the existing scheme forever more,providing it stays within the family.
That won't be classed as redecorating.
They would have been better to deregulate the existing policy for all owners.
Balmy decision. So all the current owners of the colourful beach huts have to do is touch up the existing scheme forever more,providing it stays within the family. That won't be classed as redecorating. They would have been better to deregulate the existing policy for all owners. BIGTONE
  • Score: 22

8:33am Sat 1 Mar 14

Gingertree says...

Who do Christchurch Council think they are! They'll be trying to dictate what people can wear on the PUBLIC beach next
Who do Christchurch Council think they are! They'll be trying to dictate what people can wear on the PUBLIC beach next Gingertree
  • Score: 40

9:25am Sat 1 Mar 14

live-and-let-live says...

oh how kind!!!!!!!!
oh how kind!!!!!!!! live-and-let-live
  • Score: 22

9:49am Sat 1 Mar 14

RM says...

What an effective way to discourage owners from redecorating their beach huts & keeping them spruced up. Hope the Council appreciate that owners may now just leave their beach huts to get more & more worn looking instead of giving them an annual touch up so they can keep their preferred colour schemes? Obviously the X'church Council brain cell was down at the pub the day this decision was made. Or perhaps in the same place it was when the leader announced the Council would charge flood threatened residents for sandbags after David Cameron said they were free ? Perhaps X'church residents need to reconsider their options when it comes to placing their 'X' in2015?
What an effective way to discourage owners from redecorating their beach huts & keeping them spruced up. Hope the Council appreciate that owners may now just leave their beach huts to get more & more worn looking instead of giving them an annual touch up so they can keep their preferred colour schemes? Obviously the X'church Council brain cell was down at the pub the day this decision was made. Or perhaps in the same place it was when the leader announced the Council would charge flood threatened residents for sandbags after David Cameron said they were free ? Perhaps X'church residents need to reconsider their options when it comes to placing their 'X' in2015? RM
  • Score: 26

10:01am Sat 1 Mar 14

MngsMnr says...

Don't get me started!! Stanpit marsh is a prime example of the council's inability to manage. Bonfire night was 5th November!!!! They still haven't managed to clear up the rusty nails and twisted metal - left over from the bonfire. When a local contacted the council last month about it, instead of clearing the dangerous items, they put up a few posts and some tape as if it were a crime scene.
Consultants (being paid goodness knows how much) are currently working on "improvements for the wildlife" on Stanpit field. In fact that stinks - I believe the council has £120k to spend on field - I bet that's £10k for the actual plants and £110k for the consultants
The sooner this inefficient mob are ousted from the council the better.
Don't get me started!! Stanpit marsh is a prime example of the council's inability to manage. Bonfire night was 5th November!!!! They still haven't managed to clear up the rusty nails and twisted metal - left over from the bonfire. When a local contacted the council last month about it, instead of clearing the dangerous items, they put up a few posts and some tape as if it were a crime scene. Consultants (being paid goodness knows how much) are currently working on "improvements for the wildlife" on Stanpit field. In fact that stinks - I believe the council has £120k to spend on field - I bet that's £10k for the actual plants and £110k for the consultants The sooner this inefficient mob are ousted from the council the better. MngsMnr
  • Score: 26

10:05am Sat 1 Mar 14

skydriver says...

Yet another reason to get shot of these daft people .yes just who do they think they are .
They forget we employ them , ie our taxes pay their allowances.
Enough is enough , vote them out .the more thumbs up this comment gets may well show them how strong the feeling is with these councillors!
Yet another reason to get shot of these daft people .yes just who do they think they are . They forget we employ them , ie our taxes pay their allowances. Enough is enough , vote them out .the more thumbs up this comment gets may well show them how strong the feeling is with these councillors! skydriver
  • Score: 37

10:05am Sat 1 Mar 14

jazzy jenkins says...

Such a shame that people are not going to be allowed to show their individual creativity..sooo petty
Such a shame that people are not going to be allowed to show their individual creativity..sooo petty jazzy jenkins
  • Score: 19

10:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

paul.p says...

This is the usual outcome when people are put in a position of power, I bet they were nice people before being voted in by their 'mates' or stupid people who like Blue, Red or Yellow.
This is the usual outcome when people are put in a position of power, I bet they were nice people before being voted in by their 'mates' or stupid people who like Blue, Red or Yellow. paul.p
  • Score: 11

11:44am Sat 1 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

Christchurch Council needs to realise we DO NOT live in a TOTALITARIAN STATE - we live in a supposedly democratic country.

We are not all like, and we do not all need to be alike, so why the hell do the beach huts have to be one colour?

Personally, I like to see nothing better than colourful beach huts along the shore - although councillors would obviously prefer a shade of communist grey to go along with their thinking ............ all I can say is, they need to get a life and get on with more pressing council business which actually MATTER.

Why do they care so much about what colour the huts are FGS?!!
Christchurch Council needs to realise we DO NOT live in a TOTALITARIAN STATE - we live in a supposedly democratic country. We are not all like, and we do not all need to be alike, so why the hell do the beach huts have to be one colour? Personally, I like to see nothing better than colourful beach huts along the shore - although councillors would obviously prefer a shade of communist grey to go along with their thinking ............ all I can say is, they need to get a life and get on with more pressing council business which actually MATTER. Why do they care so much about what colour the huts are FGS?!! we-shall-see
  • Score: 22

12:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

live-and-let-live says...

ZIEG HEIL
ZIEG HEIL live-and-let-live
  • Score: 17

1:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bourne272 says...

I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach.
I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach. Bourne272
  • Score: -14

1:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

RM says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Christchurch Council needs to realise we DO NOT live in a TOTALITARIAN STATE - we live in a supposedly democratic country.

We are not all like, and we do not all need to be alike, so why the hell do the beach huts have to be one colour?

Personally, I like to see nothing better than colourful beach huts along the shore - although councillors would obviously prefer a shade of communist grey to go along with their thinking ............ all I can say is, they need to get a life and get on with more pressing council business which actually MATTER.

Why do they care so much about what colour the huts are FGS?!!
I would hazard a guess that it's because they're absolutely inadequate in every other sphere of their lives & imposing the colour of beach huts gives them their little bit of power. Remember the tizz their leader got into because the Echo reported on the Council charging for sandbags? More to be pitied than laughed at.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Council needs to realise we DO NOT live in a TOTALITARIAN STATE - we live in a supposedly democratic country. We are not all like, and we do not all need to be alike, so why the hell do the beach huts have to be one colour? Personally, I like to see nothing better than colourful beach huts along the shore - although councillors would obviously prefer a shade of communist grey to go along with their thinking ............ all I can say is, they need to get a life and get on with more pressing council business which actually MATTER. Why do they care so much about what colour the huts are FGS?!![/p][/quote]I would hazard a guess that it's because they're absolutely inadequate in every other sphere of their lives & imposing the colour of beach huts gives them their little bit of power. Remember the tizz their leader got into because the Echo reported on the Council charging for sandbags? More to be pitied than laughed at. RM
  • Score: 14

1:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

"said he felt like owners were “coming up against a brick wall” if they wanted to express any kind of individuality"

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All in all we're just another brick in the wall.

May as well be China and have us all kitted out with the same face, clothes and expressions.
"said he felt like owners were “coming up against a brick wall” if they wanted to express any kind of individuality" ----------------- All in all we're just another brick in the wall. May as well be China and have us all kitted out with the same face, clothes and expressions. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 10

1:54pm Sat 1 Mar 14

skydriver says...

Bourne272 wrote:
I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach.
Even the back end of Blackpool is brighter they the local councillors on mass.
[quote][p][bold]Bourne272[/bold] wrote: I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach.[/p][/quote]Even the back end of Blackpool is brighter they the local councillors on mass. skydriver
  • Score: 11

2:07pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Jetwasher says...

Don't take any notice of them and vote them out !
Don't take any notice of them and vote them out ! Jetwasher
  • Score: 13

4:10pm Sat 1 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

No one will dictate to me what colours I can use to paint a beach hut. Every postcard one sees of a seaside scene shows a multitude of different colour beach huts. When will the Draconian Christchurch Council get off their high horses and listen and work with the people who put them in to office. Thats what you are there for.
No one will dictate to me what colours I can use to paint a beach hut. Every postcard one sees of a seaside scene shows a multitude of different colour beach huts. When will the Draconian Christchurch Council get off their high horses and listen and work with the people who put them in to office. Thats what you are there for. TheDistrict
  • Score: 13

4:54pm Sat 1 Mar 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Christchurch Council are public disgrace.
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The same Council who tried to extort flooded residents into coughing up for hundreds of pounds for free sandbags.
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Who profited from granting permission to build on flood plains anyway?
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In their spare time the try a rob any joy from the beach hut owners they already fleece.
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Vote this scum out at the polls.
Christchurch Council are public disgrace. . The same Council who tried to extort flooded residents into coughing up for hundreds of pounds for free sandbags. . Who profited from granting permission to build on flood plains anyway? . In their spare time the try a rob any joy from the beach hut owners they already fleece. . Vote this scum out at the polls. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 14

5:12pm Sat 1 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Balmy decision.
So all the current owners of the colourful beach huts have to do is touch up the existing scheme forever more,providing it stays within the family.
That won't be classed as redecorating.
They would have been better to deregulate the existing policy for all owners.
You may have seen the reports about the demise of Blackpool in the Mail Online today. If there is no control over this painting, it could end up looking like the worst of the 'Pleasure' Beach (I use the term 'pleasure' loosely). If there is no control there could even be graffiti painted across them or bright red, yellow and black stripes. Some flexibility, as Cllr Jones says, is fine, but there must still be an element of control.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Balmy decision. So all the current owners of the colourful beach huts have to do is touch up the existing scheme forever more,providing it stays within the family. That won't be classed as redecorating. They would have been better to deregulate the existing policy for all owners.[/p][/quote]You may have seen the reports about the demise of Blackpool in the Mail Online today. If there is no control over this painting, it could end up looking like the worst of the 'Pleasure' Beach (I use the term 'pleasure' loosely). If there is no control there could even be graffiti painted across them or bright red, yellow and black stripes. Some flexibility, as Cllr Jones says, is fine, but there must still be an element of control. agp1337
  • Score: -8

5:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

If you want to see how nice, and indeed tasteful, brightly coloured beach huts can look then I suggest you do a Google search for beach huts at Southwold, hardly a tacky place at all!

Come on Councillors- it's not too late to change your mind!
If you want to see how nice, and indeed tasteful, brightly coloured beach huts can look then I suggest you do a Google search for beach huts at Southwold, hardly a tacky place at all! Come on Councillors- it's not too late to change your mind! Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 8

9:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Gonetothebeach says...

Have you seen the (new?) ghastly dark brown beach huts at Branksome Dean Chine? I do hope this is the base colour prior to painting. I think they are private linked to apartment blocks nearby and not council owned/leased. They make grey days even greyer (browner)!
Have you seen the (new?) ghastly dark brown beach huts at Branksome Dean Chine? I do hope this is the base colour prior to painting. I think they are private linked to apartment blocks nearby and not council owned/leased. They make grey days even greyer (browner)! Gonetothebeach
  • Score: 5

10:20pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Western Sunset says...

May I suggest that if you vote Tory you paint your hut, blue. If you vote Labour then it's red. Lib Dem in orange. If you vote for an Independent then you paint it tastefully how you want.
May I suggest that if you vote Tory you paint your hut, blue. If you vote Labour then it's red. Lib Dem in orange. If you vote for an Independent then you paint it tastefully how you want. Western Sunset
  • Score: 3

12:35am Sun 2 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

A face saving exercise by Christchurch council, in a year from now it will be OK carry on, paint them how you want!
A face saving exercise by Christchurch council, in a year from now it will be OK carry on, paint them how you want! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 1

1:13am Sun 2 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

It seems the Council came up with the best compromise from a bad situation.

Perhaps it needs to think about the reactions before laying down new rules, especially if these rules affect neither health and safety, nor the public purse.

They were not elected as nannys....or busy bodies.
It seems the Council came up with the best compromise from a bad situation. Perhaps it needs to think about the reactions before laying down new rules, especially if these rules affect neither health and safety, nor the public purse. They were not elected as nannys....or busy bodies. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

2:25am Sun 2 Mar 14

Understated says...

everyone knows that striped colours are for beach deckchairs only. its madness thinking you can paint a beach hut to match. ;)
everyone knows that striped colours are for beach deckchairs only. its madness thinking you can paint a beach hut to match. ;) Understated
  • Score: -1

7:56am Sun 2 Mar 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Why is The Echo not allowing comments on the Richard Carr story?
Why is The Echo not allowing comments on the Richard Carr story? Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 4

9:09am Sun 2 Mar 14

Bourne272 says...

Yankee1 wrote:
It seems the Council came up with the best compromise from a bad situation.

Perhaps it needs to think about the reactions before laying down new rules, especially if these rules affect neither health and safety, nor the public purse.

They were not elected as nannys....or busy bodies.
I agree but, the public purse will be affected when people stop coming to the area on holiday and day trips because the place looks cheap and garish.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: It seems the Council came up with the best compromise from a bad situation. Perhaps it needs to think about the reactions before laying down new rules, especially if these rules affect neither health and safety, nor the public purse. They were not elected as nannys....or busy bodies.[/p][/quote]I agree but, the public purse will be affected when people stop coming to the area on holiday and day trips because the place looks cheap and garish. Bourne272
  • Score: -1

3:17pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Verwoodcherry says...

Bourne272 wrote:
I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach.
I totally agree, usual comments from the "as long as not in my back yard brigade"
[quote][p][bold]Bourne272[/bold] wrote: I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach.[/p][/quote]I totally agree, usual comments from the "as long as not in my back yard brigade" Verwoodcherry
  • Score: 1

3:59pm Sun 2 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

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  • Score: -2

4:03pm Sun 2 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

Verwoodcherry wrote:
Bourne272 wrote:
I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach.
I totally agree, usual comments from the "as long as not in my back yard brigade"
Your the Nimby Brigade. Why should any owner decide on what colour he or she should paint their purchased beach hut. It is peple like you two who would rather everything be painted in Park Green, or Black, or Brown, rather than brightening up the place from the drab colours that are dictated to owners. As I said before, let anyone try and tell me what colours I can use and not use. They might get painted themselves if they stood by for too long..........lol. Lets see some colour in this town.
[quote][p][bold]Verwoodcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bourne272[/bold] wrote: I can just see the complaints rolling in to the council if people were allowed to paint the beach huts in any colour. They restrict the colours for a reason so that the area doesn't end up looking like the back end of Blackpool pleasure beach.[/p][/quote]I totally agree, usual comments from the "as long as not in my back yard brigade"[/p][/quote]Your the Nimby Brigade. Why should any owner decide on what colour he or she should paint their purchased beach hut. It is peple like you two who would rather everything be painted in Park Green, or Black, or Brown, rather than brightening up the place from the drab colours that are dictated to owners. As I said before, let anyone try and tell me what colours I can use and not use. They might get painted themselves if they stood by for too long..........lol. Lets see some colour in this town. TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

4:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Evielyn says...

As long as the Beach huts are kept clean, tidy and well maintained I can't see within reason what colour it matters that they are painted in as long as it isn't garish or rude in any way with slogans As far as I can see its the same with everything these days there is always something wrong with what ever we do or say! You name it and someone some where will have a complaint or a reason as to why it can't be done or said makes me sick.
As long as the Beach huts are kept clean, tidy and well maintained I can't see within reason what colour it matters that they are painted in as long as it isn't garish or rude in any way with slogans As far as I can see its the same with everything these days there is always something wrong with what ever we do or say! You name it and someone some where will have a complaint or a reason as to why it can't be done or said makes me sick. Evielyn
  • Score: 2

9:48pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Ex PHC says...

MngsMnr wrote:
Don't get me started!! Stanpit marsh is a prime example of the council's inability to manage. Bonfire night was 5th November!!!! They still haven't managed to clear up the rusty nails and twisted metal - left over from the bonfire. When a local contacted the council last month about it, instead of clearing the dangerous items, they put up a few posts and some tape as if it were a crime scene.
Consultants (being paid goodness knows how much) are currently working on "improvements for the wildlife" on Stanpit field. In fact that stinks - I believe the council has £120k to spend on field - I bet that's £10k for the actual plants and £110k for the consultants
The sooner this inefficient mob are ousted from the council the better.
Where is there anyone better to stand against them as the blue rinse brigade will still turn out and vote them back in as they always have done.
[quote][p][bold]MngsMnr[/bold] wrote: Don't get me started!! Stanpit marsh is a prime example of the council's inability to manage. Bonfire night was 5th November!!!! They still haven't managed to clear up the rusty nails and twisted metal - left over from the bonfire. When a local contacted the council last month about it, instead of clearing the dangerous items, they put up a few posts and some tape as if it were a crime scene. Consultants (being paid goodness knows how much) are currently working on "improvements for the wildlife" on Stanpit field. In fact that stinks - I believe the council has £120k to spend on field - I bet that's £10k for the actual plants and £110k for the consultants The sooner this inefficient mob are ousted from the council the better.[/p][/quote]Where is there anyone better to stand against them as the blue rinse brigade will still turn out and vote them back in as they always have done. Ex PHC
  • Score: 1

12:04am Mon 3 Mar 14

poshiesymons says...

correct me if im wrong but traditional beach hut colours were blue and white stripes like the one in the photo
correct me if im wrong but traditional beach hut colours were blue and white stripes like the one in the photo poshiesymons
  • Score: 1

1:41pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Julie G says...

So who decides what colours can be used on the beach huts on Muderford Spit at Hengistbury Head - I thought it was the same committee??? Have you seen some of the colour combinations and decorations on those huts.

I cant see what on earth is offensive about pale blue and white stripes or the stencilled boat pattern. Who in the COuncil then decided out of the new beach huts placed behind the originals at Steamer Point deemed it acceptable to have some the colour of strawberry icecream then?????

Inconsistencies...in
consistencies !!!!
So who decides what colours can be used on the beach huts on Muderford Spit at Hengistbury Head - I thought it was the same committee??? Have you seen some of the colour combinations and decorations on those huts. I cant see what on earth is offensive about pale blue and white stripes or the stencilled boat pattern. Who in the COuncil then decided out of the new beach huts placed behind the originals at Steamer Point deemed it acceptable to have some the colour of strawberry icecream then????? Inconsistencies...in consistencies !!!! Julie G
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

I suspect the reasoning behind this decision is because the council members secretly realise that the colourful beach huts look better than the drab brown shed like colour they wish to enforce but do not want to give the owners the satisfaction of knowing they have backed down.
I suspect the reasoning behind this decision is because the council members secretly realise that the colourful beach huts look better than the drab brown shed like colour they wish to enforce but do not want to give the owners the satisfaction of knowing they have backed down. Hessenford
  • Score: -1

7:49am Thu 13 Mar 14

stumpy123 says...

i guess this year i shall 'REPAIR' the white stripes then next year I will 'REPAIR' the blue ones !
i guess this year i shall 'REPAIR' the white stripes then next year I will 'REPAIR' the blue ones ! stumpy123
  • Score: 0

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