Happy about huts
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 March 2013
Re the front page article in today's Budleigh Journal (February 23), while I can understand the mayor's annoyance at the lack of consultation regarding the new annual charge for beach huts in Budleigh Salterton, I believe that there are many people who are pleased that this step has been taken.
I rent a beach hut at the west end near Steamer Steps, and I know that many people renting there, including myself, have been campaigning for some time to have the beach huts available for a longer season (at least from March until October, to include Easter and the autumn half-term holiday).
Also, a lot of the tenants are senior citizens and having to furnish and clear the huts every season gets more difficult as one gets older.
The proposed charge of £631 including VAT sounds high, but is only just over a third higher than the charges for 2011 and 2012 (there was no increase in 2012!) for the extra months.
I have not felt inclined to write to the Journal before, but I feel quite strongly about this, believing it to be a positive step by East Devon District Council.