Sold: 11 new beach huts at Mudeford are snapped up in two days despite fears over storms

Bournemouth Echo: The new beach huts built near Avon Beach The new beach huts built near Avon Beach

ELEVEN new beach huts were snapped up in less than two working days despite fears they could be damaged in severe weather in the future.

With a price tag of £24,000 each, the huts at Gundimore Beach, near Mudeford Quay, sold out quicker than expected.

“The beach huts have obviously proved to be a very desirable property in a unique location between Mudeford Quay and Avon Beach” said Neil Farmer, Strategic Director at Christchurch council.

“We thought that there would be interest in the huts but couldn’t have guessed that they would go so quickly.”

He said the council decided to build the huts although others in the area had been damaged in the storms.

“Given that the damage to huts at Avon Beach was very localised and was caused by such unprecedented and extreme conditions, the council decided to go ahead.”

The huts have direct access to the beach and have been positioned in front of a sea wall, just yards from the site of recent severe storm damage.

Their location was branded “ludicrous” by Highcliffe resident Bob Hutchings, who owns a lodge at nearby Sandhills caravan park.

He said: “Had they built them a month ago, they wouldn’t be there now. Putting beach huts nearer the sea just beggars belief.”

Building the huts is believed to have cost the council £25,000 but they will make a profit of around £200,000 to finance future schemes.

The council will also charge annual licence fees of £617 per beach hut.

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9:07am Thu 20 Mar 14

twynham says...

"The huts have direct access to the beach and have been positioned in front of a sea wall".
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What is wrong with the above sentence???
"The huts have direct access to the beach and have been positioned in front of a sea wall". . What is wrong with the above sentence??? twynham
  • Score: 8

9:37am Thu 20 Mar 14

bobsworthforever says...

They've sold them too cheap then OWNERS will be taking a profit on these in a couple of years should be rented out to ordinary familiies in the Summer of course
They've sold them too cheap then OWNERS will be taking a profit on these in a couple of years should be rented out to ordinary familiies in the Summer of course bobsworthforever
  • Score: 6

9:58am Thu 20 Mar 14

skydriver says...

twynham wrote:
"The huts have direct access to the beach and have been positioned in front of a sea wall".
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What is wrong with the above sentence???
What do you expect from a bunch of people with little in the common sense dept. and run by a group of people who don't know the front from the back. How can we allow such idiots to run this area, it's unforgivable , but they think there doing such a grand job.
It's all down to leadership , sadly there is non.well only by title.
None of them could lead a horse to water let alone run a town, ruin a town yes!!!
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: "The huts have direct access to the beach and have been positioned in front of a sea wall". . What is wrong with the above sentence???[/p][/quote]What do you expect from a bunch of people with little in the common sense dept. and run by a group of people who don't know the front from the back. How can we allow such idiots to run this area, it's unforgivable , but they think there doing such a grand job. It's all down to leadership , sadly there is non.well only by title. None of them could lead a horse to water let alone run a town, ruin a town yes!!! skydriver
  • Score: 8

11:49am Thu 20 Mar 14

TheDistrict says...

£24,000 for what is a glorified wooden shed. Can buy a far better quality shed, same size for less than £400 (beach not included). Does one buy the piece of beach directly in front of the hut, down to the waters edge.........lol
£24,000 for what is a glorified wooden shed. Can buy a far better quality shed, same size for less than £400 (beach not included). Does one buy the piece of beach directly in front of the hut, down to the waters edge.........lol TheDistrict
  • Score: -2

12:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

smhinto says...

24K for a wooden shack!!. These people obviously have more money than sense and should get themselves certified as terminally insane.
24K for a wooden shack!!. These people obviously have more money than sense and should get themselves certified as terminally insane. smhinto
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Thu 20 Mar 14

jobsworthwatch says...

Fancy that, confirmation that even local government has been infiltrated by the spiv economy!
Fancy that, confirmation that even local government has been infiltrated by the spiv economy! jobsworthwatch
  • Score: 5

10:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

'
Fools rush in
Where wise men never go
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' Fools rush in Where wise men never go ' Yankee1
  • Score: 3

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