Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Beach hut trouble brewing in Brighton

Brighton and Hove City Council says that councillors have agreen plans to modernise beach hut licences and introduce a transfer fee to be charged when beach huts are sold which will help to support the council’s seafront services. They say the plans will also see beach hut licences updated and streamlined.

They add that the proposals follow a consultation with beach hut owners. However, those same owners from the Hove Beach Hut Association claim that the transfer fee increase is unfair and the whole plan is being imposed on them rather than agreed with them.

The new licence will be introduced on 1 April next year. There are 459 beach huts on Hove seafront, all privately owned by Brighton & Hove residents. According to the council these currently sell for around £30,000 - the new transfer fee will see owners paying the council either 10% of the sale price or 4 times the licence fee, whichever is greater. The new transfer fee, along with the annual £503.60 licence fee, will go towards maintaining the seafront services.


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