Councillors ready to rule over chalet rent hike

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MOVES to hike up annual rent for chalets in North Bay will be discussed this week.

A decision on whether to raise the rent by up to 10 per cent will be reached by the cabinet member of tourism and culture, Cllr David Jeffels, next Thursday.

A report, which will be presented to the councillor, says long waiting lists for the chalets indicate the authority is not charging enough rent.

It emerged last month that the increases would be between 33.33 per cent and 40.7 per cent for prime seafront locations.

The cost of renting a promenade standard for the year will rise from £995 to £1,400 and a promenade large will go up from £1,050 to £1,400.

The cost of a standard chalet – not directly on the seafront – will rise from £950 to £995.

The company behind the move said that the increases were unavoidable and reflected rising overheads.

Fees and charges at leisure centres in Whitby and Scarborough are also set to be raised as part of the proposals due to rising inflation.

If given the go-ahead, the changes will be brought in from January 1.