The cost of renting a beach chalet in Scarborough has gone up by five per cent, bringing the cost to more than £900 for the first time.
Scarborough council officers said there is currently an “extensive” waiting list for the chalets and they think that the current fees are below market value.
Cllr David Chance, the tourism and culture portfolio holder, approve the increasing charges for the hire of chalets at Scarborough’s South Bay, Filey and Whitby on Friday.
The council’s leisure services manager, Andrew Williams, said in his report: “It is necessary to have an annual increase in fees and charges to offset the inflationary costs of running the service and to contribute towards the council’s overall budget strategy.
“The beach chalets have extensive waiting lists for annual lets.
“This demonstrates over demand for the chalets and an indication that the current fees for the chalets are below the market value.”
Now the charges for some chalets on Scarborough’s South Bay will increase from a recommended maximum of £892.80 to a recommended maximum of £937.40 from April this year.
Cllr Chance had been recommended to increase the charges by nine per cent but opted for a lower change.