Agenda item - Beach Huts Licence

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Agenda item

Beach Huts Licence

Report of the Executive Director, Economy, Environment & Culture

Decision:

1)           That the committee notes the outcome of the consultation with beach hut owners on the proposed modernised beach hut licence.

 

2)           That the committee agrees to retain the existing beach hut licence and not introduce a new licence at this stage.

 

3)           That the committee agrees the increase in the annual licence fee for beach huts for 2019/20 as outlined in paragraph3.6.

Minutes:

59.1      The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director, Economy, Environment & Culture that set out the results of the public consultation with beach hut owners on the proposed modernised beach hut licence that recommended retention of the existing licence. The report also recommended an increase in the annual licence fee for beach huts from 20919/20.

 

59.2      Councillor Nemeth stated that the consultation had highlighted the unfairness of the existing contract and beach hut owners were unanimously against the proposed retrospective levy on sales. Councillor Nemeth stated that the whole process had been conducted unreasonably and had caused great distress to beach hut owners. Councillor Nemeth added that the one positive of the process was the formation of the Hove Beach Hut Association who would act as a force for good as a defender of the seafront and he hoped the Council would work with the group.

 

59.3      The Chair stated that there was no intention for sales licence and added that the report concerned the beach hut licence which should be the focus of the committee’s debate and discussion.

 

59.4      Councillor Miller expressed his congratulations to Councillor Nemeth as his efforts had protected resident’s interests.

 

59.5      RESOLVED-

 

1)           That the committee notes the outcome of the consultation with beach hut owners on the proposed modernised beach hut licence.

 

2)           That the committee agrees to retain the existing beach hut licence and not introduce a new licence at this stage.

 

3)           That the committee agrees the increase in the annual licence fee for beach huts for 2019/20 as outlined in paragraph3.6.

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