Posted on 11th August, 2011

As you are all aware for years CCC have prepared annual Licences to regulate our use of the Beach Huts.  As a result of researching evidence for the Beach hut Scrutiny we discovered that even the Council Officers knew that these documents were unsatisfactory as far back as November 2005.


At the Tankerton AGM in November 2009 two of their members, who are both lawyers, took issue with their committee about these Licences. As a result it was  decided that an approach should be made to a specialist Barrister to seek a Counsels Opinion on the subject of the Hut Licences.


To say the least there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing doing research and it was inevitable that we at Herne Bay got involved in this work. Eventually a Brief was prepared and submitted to Counsel. In June 2010 a team of five went to London and had a most productive consultation with a QC.


Following that meeting our Legal Adviser, an American lawyer who lives in London but owns a Hut at Tankerton, prepared a draft agreement which has been discussed at several meetings with Council Officers. Many points raised in the various drafts have been accepted by both the Associations and by CCC.


At a meeting on 11th March we agreed many points but had not had sufficient time to conclude the agreement. The recent Council Elections intervened and all discussion was temorarily halted.



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