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Update: £3.6m beach hut plan backed by councillors

June 2016: Read the latest update on this project
Plans to build up to 178 new beach huts along Poole's seafront have won the support of councillors.

Members of the Council approved proposals to invest £3.6 million to provide new beach huts and refurbish a further 131 huts at a meeting on Tuesday 21 July 2015.
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The new beach huts will help meet the high demand from local residents and generate a net income in the region of £206,000 a year to support the Council's budget for local services.

It is hoped the new huts will be in place by July 2017, subject to public consultation on the proposals and planning permission. The Council will use money from its capital fund and developer contributions to pay for the scheme.
 
Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, Borough of Poole, said: "There is a huge demand with many residents waiting 10 to 15 years and some facing a wait of up to 20 years for a beach hut at a prime location on Poole's seafront. The new huts will allow us to meet some of that demand and generate income that will help the Council meet the long-term financial challenge it faces as the Government continues to reduce the central funding it provides for local services."

Councillors also approved proposals to invest £1.5 million in the installation of solar panels on a number of public buildings in Poole.

Under the proposals, the Council will seek to borrow up to £1.5 million to install solar panels on leisure centres, some libraries and a number of other council buildings. After the cost of borrowing is taken into account, the project is estimated to save the Council between £76,000 and £166,000 a year.   

Cllr John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: "The Council has already successfully installed more than 500 solar panels on its Civic Centre car park. The success of this project has exceeded our expectations. In the first 71 days of operation alone, the scheme has already generated a saving of £6,600 to the Council.

"This further £1.5 million investment clearly demonstrates the Council's commitment to renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. It also makes sound financial sense as it will enable the Council to cut its energy costs further and offers the potential to generate income to support local services."

View the agenda and reports for the meeting of Council on 21 July 2015.
  

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