There have been ongoing consultations and many many meetings on the subject of beach huts over the last twelve months:
Futures Forum: Public meeting to address District Council's beach huts >>> Sidmouth: Tuesday 7th July >>> reports
There have also been attempts to open up how the various costings and values and charges have been calculated over the years:
Futures Forum: East Devon beach huts to be managed "as normal" >>> >>> new FOI request asks for clarification
Back in November, the District Council declared:
[T]here will be no change to the current position at this time in relation to how the beach hut licences are managed.
A report outlining beach hut charging and income was presented to Cabinet in January and can be accessed here http://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/1202492/07... Agenda item 15
No further information is held in relation to the calculation of the costs of the beach huts at Budleigh and Seaton.
Beach Huts - a Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council - WhatDoTheyKnow
However, in January, it does indeed seem that there will be a 'change to the current system':
Future prices for beach huts | East Devon Watch
This is from the latest 'The Knowledge' - or in-house magazine - which ends with a note saying:
Under our Constitution the above decisions cannot be implemented until 9.00am 28 January 2016.
If a decision is subject to a valid Call In by members before that specified time and date it cannot
be implemented until the Scrutiny Committee has reviewed the decision. If a portfolio holder
decision is called in, the report writer will be notified of this by a democratic services officer.
And here is the latest comment on the Streetlife site:
Streetlife | Sidmouth Beach Huts