Seafront Cycle Hire and Deckchairs – Service Review & Proposal for Summer 2019 and 2020 Concession
Decision Maker: Charity Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To review the 2018 cycle hire and deck chair provision based at Pelham beach and to present options for 2019, on behalf of the Foreshore Trust for the benefit and enjoyment of her majesty’s citizens.
The Assistant Director, Regeneration and Culture submitted a report to review the 2018 cycle hire and deck chair provision based at Pelham beach and to present options for 2019 and 2020, on behalf of the Foreshore Trust for the benefit and enjoyment of her majesty’s citizens.
Keith Duly, Leisure Development Manager, presented the report to the Committee.
The proposal presented includes:
An extension of the season through 15 pre-advertised
opening days during weekends in April-June and September-October.
Dates to coincide with events in the area and periods of forecasted
A reduction to 5 days per week (Friday-Tuesday)
throughout the school summer holidays.
An extension of the opening hours (opening at 10am),
due to feedback from hirers that they would have preferred an
earlier opening time.
It is likely that the subsidy for the provision in
2019 will be approximately £7,000, and in 2020 approximately
£5,000, due to projected income.
- However it is recommended for prudency to include the full service costs within the Trust budget.
In response to a question regarding accessibility for disabled users it was confirmed that the cycle hire service has 1 full access bike.
It was noted that recommendation 1 of the report should be amended to make clear the Committee is approving funding for 2019/20 and 2020/21.
Councillor Batsford proposed a motion to approve the recommendations in the report, subject to the proposed amendment, seconded by Councillor Rogers.
1. That the Charity Committee considers allocating Foreshore Trust funding for service provision as outlined in the appended proposed business model document provided through HBC’s Active Hastings service up to a projected cost of £12,005 for 2019/20 and £9,255 for 2020/21.
2. That a further report is brought to Charity Committee after the 2020 season to review services provision to date and outline future operational options for 2021.
Reasons for recommendation:
There is continuing demand for both cycle and deckchair hire during peak season (school summer holidays) as well as a reduced weekend service between April and October. There is little demand for this service outside of those times other than adhoc group bookings.
Experience gained from previous year’s operation has shown that in order to continue to provide cycle hire benefiting users of the foreshore, a level of subsidy will be required as minimum staffing costs and maintenance exceed income.
Report author: Keith Duly
Publication date: 10/04/2019
Date of decision: 18/03/2019
Decided at meeting: 18/03/2019 - Charity Committee
- An extension of the season through 15 pre-advertised opening days during weekends in April-June and September-October. Dates to coincide with events in the area and periods of forecasted good weather.