Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has stated it is “likely” deckchairs and loungers will return to its beaches in 2022, after being removed this year due to fears of anti-social behaviour.
The local authority confirmed no beach furniture would be available for hire this August in response to “overcrowding on the beaches and the subsequent problems that arose” in summer 2020.
“It is likely that we will hire out beach furniture in summer 2022,” said a BCP spokesperson. “A decision on this will be made early in the new year according to Covid-19 risk and the guidance from the government.”
The decision not to hire beach furniture had caused a significant response from residents and tourists when it was revealed the authority had not consulted with Dorset Police on whether officers had any concerns related to deckchairs.
Councillors also pointed out the local authority stands to lose £200,000 without the income from beach furniture hire.
“It’s a crazy situation that they got rid of them in the first place,” former council leader Vikki Slade told The Echo. “I think it was a silly decision and I’m glad that they’ve decided to return to normal.”