Friday, June 21, 2024

Bournemouth beach hut waiting lists reopen for first time in seven years

Residents will have the opportunity to apply to rent a beach hut in Bournemouth this summer when Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council open waiting lists for the first time in seven years.

Bournemouth was the first place in the UK to have purpose-built beach huts. Their position on the seafront has meant waiting lists for each of the 15 locations along Bournemouth and Poole have been historically oversubscribed. To manage this high demand the Bournemouth waiting lists were closed in 2017. Since then, numbers on the waiting lists have significantly reduced, and the Council is now looking to reopen eight of the lists in Bournemouth.

The opening of the lists will be staggered over a few weeks and each list will be capped at 500 applications, to manage volume.

BCP Council’s Head of Seafront Services Anthony Rogers said: “We are pleased to be reopening the beach hut waiting lists in Bournemouth for the first time in seven years. Our new management system aims to ensure an enhanced and consistent service for all residents.”

Beach hut applicants can choose to join any of the 15 beach area lists between Bournemouth and Poole. The cost to join each list is £50. Any specific health requirements, such as mobility issues, will be taken into consideration when huts are allocated. Information relating to the joining process, eligibility criteria, and terms and conditions is now live on the Council’s website.

The waiting list opening dates and times are:

* July 9 - Bournemouth East and Bournemouth West

* July 11 - Boscombe East and Boscombe West

* July 16 - Alum Chine and Durley Chine

* July 18 - Fisherman’s Walk and Southbourne

There are no waiting lists in Christchurch, where huts are sold on the open market. Poole lists are already open, but will be closed for maintenance June 20 - 26. Beach hut waiting lists will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and further changes may be enabled through the development of a new digital management system.


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