Town council-run huts could be ‘better for Sidmouth’
- Credit: Archant
Civic leaders have opposed plans to sell off Sidmouth’s 24 beach huts to the highest bidder - and are to explore the possibility of managing the leases themselves.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) previously announced its intention to terminate existing contracts for the seafront properties and auction off the leases in a bid to cut costs and reduce the current 10-year waiting list.
It was suggested last week that if the town council took responsibility for the huts, it could offer a better service for the people of Sidmouth.
Councillor Ian Barlow raised the possibility of offering EDDC the cash for all of the leases.
He said: “Why are we letting them do this? Why can’t we go to EDDC and say we will have them?
You may also want to watch:
“We should at least look into the possibility of leasing them and us taking on the management of them.
“I think that we are worrying about administration, and that is not necessarily the best for Sidmouth.”
- 1 New owner sought for prominent Sidmouth seafront businesses
- 2 Supermarket chain planning four new stores in East Devon
- 3 Three designer handbags stolen from a shop in Sidmouth
- 4 It's official - Devon is one of the most popular places to live
- 5 Woman flown to hospital after fall
- 6 Organisers thrilled with super science festival turnout
- 7 GP teams have seen 14% increase on pre-pandemic levels
- 8 High scoring in the Sidmouth Stablefords
- 9 Fundraiser makes brief stop on charity trek
- 10 Rail users can enjoy 'moor' views as Dartmoor Line reopens after 50 years
Cllr Graham Liverton, who had previously been responsible for managing the huts in a senior role at EDDC, warned they were costly and time consuming to administer. “They are nothing but a millstone around one’s neck,” he added.