Changes to Weston beach hut hiring considered as revenue falls by half

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 April 2018

Beach huts on Weston seafront. Picture: Shayne Gillard

Beach huts on Weston seafront. Picture: Shayne Gillard

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New ways of renting out Weston-super-Mare’s beach huts are being explored by North Somerset Council.

A freedom of information request shows revenue from the beach huts have halved since they were installed in 2015.

In the first financial year they were in place, the 24 huts at Royal Sands were rented for the equivalent of 7,205 days – 300 days per hut, on average. The next year, this dropped to 4,862 days, although increased to 5,438 in 2017-18, about 226 days per hut.

Revenue from the huts fell from £23,753 in the first year to £13,567 and then £12,040 in 2017-18.

All huts are rented out on an annual basis, but that may change.

A council spokesman said: “Having the beach huts has allowed us to offer something which many other seaside resorts do.

“At the moment we have around 70 per cent occupancy on the huts and we are looking at different ways of hiring them out in the future – perhaps weekly or daily hire.”

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