Bournemouth beach bans deckchairs in case people use them as weapons
Remember these vibrant yellow and blue deck chairs which have historically dotted the wide-brimmed gentle sand Bournemouth beach each summer time for the final hundred years?
There are round 3,500 of those well-known council-owned picket deck chairs however this summer time they’re nowhere to be seen.
The motive given by the Bournemouth Borough Council is that they may be used as a weapon. They level to plenty of incidences the place deckchairs had been hurled between rival teams of males.
Last 12 months a significant incident was declared on Bournemouth beach after a whole bunch of 1000’s of people headed there to take pleasure in a lockdown escape.
“I was mortified by the stupidity of the excuse, I though they were joking”
Bournemouth Borough Council) feared for the security of their guests and defended the choice to ban the deckchair and sunbeds which can be normally 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 take a seat, she mentioned a council officer instructed her ‘there were plenty of benches near the beach.’
“I requested the query concerning 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 mentioned it was as a result of they’d anti-social behaviour final 12 months and so they had been involved concerning the security of workers 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.
“When I asked about the financial impact, they said they had adjusted the budget by £200,000 – it’s just 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.