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Felixstowe: Beach hut and chalet owners have their say at packed public meeting

13:54 26 February 2013

Ray Herring of Sufffolk Costal Districh Council talks at the public meeting about Felixstowe Beach Hut price rise

Pictured with Brain Godbold (Left)

Ray Herring of Sufffolk Costal Districh Council talks at the public meeting about Felixstowe Beach Hut price rise Pictured with Brain Godbold (Left)


ANGRY beach hut owners and chalet tenants in the resort today vowed they would not give in despite being told there would be no review of a controversial rent rise.


Scores of people packed into Cotman Hall this morning for a meeting where Suffolk Coastal council leader Ray Herring spoke with owners and tenants about the issue.

Beach hut owners are facing a 12% rise while the rise for chalets will be by 20%.

Cllr Herring said: “We are not going to review the charges, we have made that decision.”

A petition was also signed at the meeting and there are now plans to set up an association for beach hut owners to raise issues with the council.

Barbara Grace, a beach hut owner who is threatening to saw a chunk off her beach hut to avoid a big rise, said: “We are not settling for this – it is not going to happen.

“I think everyone is going to stick together.”

Cllr Herring added: “A beach hut owners association would be very useful and I think it is a very positive position.”

■ Did you attend the meeting? Give us your thoughts by leaving a comment below or sending an e-mail to matthew.bunn@archant.co.uk

■ Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s paper for full coverage of the meeting.


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  • There's a strange inconsistency in freezing council tax for this year and in years to come whilst at the same time imposing an above inflation increase on beach hut and chalet tenants with the likelihood this will be repeated next year. Why should one be cushioned and not the other? The relationship between the council and beach hutchalet tenants has been at rock bottom for several years and this decision taken without reference to the tenant side only serves to evaporate the remaining shreds of goodwill that may have remained. It remains to be seen how much the council will have to spend in legal fees trying to get the full amount of rent from tenants and then we will see how good a deal it will have been for the council tax payer.

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