Council gives OK to more beach huts to help ease 7-year waiting list
Released: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
New beach huts are to be built on Worthing seafront to meet an ever-increasing demand to be part of the town's destination location.
The popularity of the seafront can be gauged by the fact that the waiting list for existing beach huts is more than seven years with over 670 people waiting for a chance to rent.
Currently there are 129 council owned beach huts available for annual rent in Worthing. These are located on the foreshore between west of Heene Road and east of King George V Avenue. In addition, there are 289 privately owned beach huts sited on Worthing's foreshore, between the west of King George V Avenue, Worthing and east of Sea Lane Cafe, Goring for which an annual licence fee is charged.
Now, after an audit, the Council has identified a potential for 166 new huts but is to take a phased approach to development. The go-ahead has been given to 32 new Council owned beach huts between Esplanade Court and Clarence Court and eight new locations for private beach huts to be sited between exiting private structures, east of King George V Avenue to Sea Lane Cafe.
Recently, privately owned beach huts in this area have been sold for between £10,000 and £15,000. Sale of permissions for the new private huts, for which the owner would construct the base and hut to specification, would be used to fund the rented huts. Total cost of building the new huts would be more than £300,000 but this would be recouped through rents and licensing.
Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Kevin Jenkins said:
“The demand for these huts has convinced us to create more opportunities for people to enjoy our wonderful seafront. Beach huts are a really special features of any seafront and the waiting list shows they are getting more and more popular.”
“We will take a steady approach to this. Even though there would appear to be space for quite a few huts we want to be sure the impact for others of the vistas the seafront offers is not unduly affected.”
“We are making so much progress with our seafront strategy, bringing in new businesses, updating the offer and making sure it stays looking spectacular. No wonder people want to spend more time there.”
See also: Beach huts
Photo: Existing beach huts on Goring Seafront between King George V Avenue and Sea Lane Cafe
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