People are invited to have their say on Tendring District Council’s (TDC) proposed new beach hut strategy.
The new strategy follows a review of the existing document, adopted in 2013, and an initial ask for views during the summer on proposed changes to the authority’s approach.
Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said this first round of listening had led to some changes in the final version of the proposed new strategy.
“The excellent feedback provided during our summer consultation has allowed us to really shape this new proposed strategy for the better, we think making it something positive for those who use the seafront, the council and beach hut licence holders,” Councillor Porter said.
“We’re now really keen to get views on the final draft so any further refinements can be made before it is formally adopted.”
There are more than 3,000 beach huts along the Essex Sunshine Coast around Tendring, most of them on TDC land; where owners currently pay a licence fee to put their beach hut there.
In the new beach hut strategy it is proposed to introduce a commercial agreement allowing owners to rent out their hut for more than ten days per year – provided strict criteria to ensure the safety and neighbourly behaviour of renters are met – and to look at how the council can review adaptations which fall outside of the current specification.
Permitting owners to rent out their hut for up to ten days each year within the standard agreement is a new feature – with rentals not allowed by current licences – which has been introduced after the summer consultation.
An additional change made is to move to an annual lease – instead of a licence – to give hut owners a more secure tenancy.
Other aims in the revised strategy include updating the beach hut specification, developing a future-funded business plan to enable additional staffing to support beach huts, improved customer service, and developing new beach huts either for sale or rent by the council.
The consultation runs until the end of Sunday, 8 January, 2023 and people can take part by visiting www.tendringdc.gov.uk/consultation. If required paper copies can be obtained from Clacton Town Hall, TDC leisure centres in Clacton, Dovercourt and Walton-on-the-Naze, or requested by writing to Seafronts, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton, CO15 1SE.
Existing beach hut licence holders will be written to directly as part of the consultation.