High rise of beach huts
By julyguy1 | Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 10:06
Who would have thought the humble beach hut which, since Victorian times, has become an integral part of the seaside scene, is up for grabs following the council's pursuit to draw in more coffers to balance the books. Having evolved from the bathing machine Victorian ladies used to protect their modesty, they have remained the same for decades - but now, given a new facade, with the addiction of a veranda and a larger size, Torbay Council propose to charge a rental of approximately £1500 per year for the new chalet style huts. The first project will fall on chalet numbers 1-35 on Broadsands beach and, compared with the present rental averaging £400 per annum that is a substantial increase! And the Council are also toying with the idea of supplying an electricity supply and refurbishing the adjacent old toilet blocks to provide showers, toilets and a dish wash area exclusively for the new units, at an extra cost of course Present hut users are offered options if they wish not to continue in having their huts moved to another site, there being a site available that is. Where will it all end? I am thinking beach huts-***-chalets with all mod cons on suite. Okay, perhaps the idea is plausible, but at such a high cost for something that can only be enjoyed for an average of 13 weeks per year, less given a wet summer, Good value and affordable given the present climate? Will the council's idea take off?, I think with the present high waiting list they are taking liberties.