Bear in mind these vibrant yellow and blue deck chairs which have historically dotted the wide-brimmed tender sand Bournemouth seashore each summer season for the final hundred years?
There are round three,500 of those well-known council-owned picket deck chairs however this summer season they’re nowhere to be seen.
The rationale given by the Bournemouth Borough Council is that they may be used as a weapon. They level to quite a lot of incidences the place deckchairs had been hurled between rival teams of males.
Final yr a serious incident was declared on Bournemouth seashore after tons of of 1000’s of individuals headed there to take pleasure in a lockdown escape.
“I used to be mortified by the stupidity of the excuse, I although they had been joking”
Bournemouth Borough Council) feared for the protection of their guests and defended the choice to ban the deckchair and sunbeds which are often accessible to lease at £2.50 a pop, whatever the hefty loss in income of round £200,000.
When Lib. Dem. councillor Vikki Slade requested the place guests had been supposed to sit down, she stated a council officer instructed her ‘there have been loads of benches close to the seashore.’
“I requested the query in regards to the absence of deckchairs and solar loungers and anticipated the reasoning to be due to Covid – however the response I received was that it had nothing to do with that.
“They stated it was as a result of they’d anti-social behaviour final yr they usually had been involved in regards to the security of employees and the potential for chairs getting used as weapons.
“I used to be mortified by the stupidity of the excuse – I believed they had been joking or that somebody had made a mistake, so I contacted them 3 times however received the identical response.
“After I requested in regards to the monetary affect, they stated they’d adjusted the finances by £200,000 – it’s simply essentially the most wasteful, lazy, and ridiculous excuse.”
A council spokesperson admitted they didn’t examine with the police if they’d considerations about deck chairs getting used for assaults.