Beach hut tenants across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will benefit from prices being kept at current levels until March 2022.
This has been agreed in part due to a temporary tax relief to councils from the chancellor to help with COVID-19 pressures. The relief will also allow further investment in the seafront – to maintain and improve services for all visitors.
Councillor Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said:
“Beach hut owners have had a disrupted year and this is partly why the charge will be frozen for 2021/22. But there are considerable financial pressures across the council due to COVID-19 which means that the tax-benefit is both welcome and necessary. It will help sustain our investment over the next 1-2 years in services as part of our ambitions to continually improve our seafront.”
Next year will see an additional change as the rental periods become standardised across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Poole’s annual beach hut tenants with calendar year tenancies due to end on 31 December 2020 will receive a one-off pro-rata invoice for January-March 2021 based on current prices. The change will bring Poole rental periods in line with Bournemouth and Christchurch and see all future annual tenancies run from April until the end of March.