Beach hut charges to rise - but no sealed bids

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 October 2015

Beach huts

Beach huts

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Charges for beach huts at Exmouth are set to increase next year - but the prospect of huts being offered to the highest bidder has been scrapped by district bosses.

After a consultation, East Devon District Council (EDDC) has abandoned plans for sealed bids for its huts – including those at Exmouth – which led to fears residents could be priced out of the market.

More consultation will now be carried out, but in the meantime, the council says standard hire charges for 2016/2017 will be increased, with the aim of achieving open-market rates in the future.

As part of the consultation, the district council could ask Exmouth Town Council to take over the running of the town’s huts.

The district council’s most recent cabinet meeting, where the beach huts were discussed, was told by Councillor Pauline Stott, a district and town councillor, that the town council had not yet been consulted about the idea of taking over the huts. In response, district council cabinet member and councillor for Exmouth Halsdon Jill Elson said the town council should be given more information.

She said: “I’d like to see Exmouth Town Council given the information given to [EDDC’s] asset management forum, as I believe that could encourage Exmouth Town Council to take on beach huts.”

Cllr Elson added that with Exmouth earmarked to lose 37 beach huts through EDDC’s seafront regeneration plans, discussions needed to be held about these being replaced, possibly at Foxholes car park.

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