Views are wanted from both owners and the general public on the future of beach huts along the Essex Sunshine Coast.
Tendring District Council (TDC) is reviewing its current Beach Hut Strategy, and set our areas which it is looking to change its approach.
Beach hut licensees and members of the public are invited to complete a consultation to help shape the review, ahead of a new strategy due to be considered by TDC’s Cabinet in September 2022.
Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the council wanted to bring about positive changes for owners and seafront visitors, and address issues which had arisen since the strategy was adopted in 2013.
"We are just starting the process of revising the Beach Hut Strategy, and as part of this we will be reviewing the existing licence scheme to see what improvements can be made,” Councillor Porter said.
“The views of beach hut associations, owners and the public are integral to this, and we will be asking for their involvement in the process.”
Issues being considered are consistency of designs and appropriate colour schemes, adaptations which fall outside of licence conditions, and the rules around renting out of beach huts.
Cllr Porter added: “Beach huts are such a vibrant and important part of our coastline, and we want to protect them accordingly.
“We want to balance individuality of design with a common feel, commercial opportunity with fairness, and if possible increase access to these fantastic aspect of our seafront.”
Details on the Beach Hut Strategy consultation, including how to take part, can be found by visiting the TDC Beach Huts web page.
The consultation runs until 11 August 2022.