These could be offered on a leasehold basis to members of the public for an annual rental sum.which would cover their capital purchase price, then ongoing operational charges including maintenance, security and insurance, although ideally power and water could be provided to (from connecting to mains sources in the leisure centre area).
One or more of the beach huts could be offered for philanthropic or charitable causes (for example, to local children’s hospices or hospitals so that parents or families of terminally ill children can enjoy some time with either the child and/or siblings in a safe local environment).
Clearly there is a cost to the council, however case studies from other coastal areas have demonstrated the success in beach huts rental adequately covering if not exceeding outlay costs.
The huts would add interest and amenity to the Crosby coastal pathway which is vast and has capacity to accommodate them. The huts would need to be kept in good order by tenants but would need the support of the council to deter vandalism, although other case studies again prove this is committed in the minority and not the majority.
It could be a requirement that they are painted in specific tones to maintain the aesthetics of the area or in a specific style (I.e. to match the famous Edwardian villas on Mersey View for which the area is renowned). This could attract tourism and good PR to the area, complementing the existing Anthony Gormley statues but also following in the wake of other Liverpool City Region art events such as the Super Lambananas where each is designed by a local resident). In the future, more huts could be made available to individuals or on corporate rental. Local schools could also have access to a hut as part of educational initiatives, to collect and preserve specimens (various flora or shells, etc or display of litter and how far it has travelled to the beach).
In the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns this could be a brilliant opportunity to encourage residents to retain their interest for the outdoors, for exercising and for caring about their neighbourhood.
This ePetition ran from 01/08/2021 to 30/09/2021 and has now finished.
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