THE cost of renting a chalet on Whitby’s seafront is set to increase by 10 per cent next year.
Scarborough Borough Council has attributed the raise as a response to demand, which they say remains high.
The annual fee for letting a chalet is set to rise from £455.30 to £496.30, but Brian Bennett, SBC’s head of tourism and culture, defended the increases, saying: “The provision of beach chalets is one of the discretionary services that the council provides for residents and visitors.
“The fact that we have long waiting lists is an indication that it is a popular service and is good value for money.
“We feel that the proposed fees and charges for the service in Whitby, Filey and Scarborough South Bay are at a level that will not result in people giving up their chalets.”
While an annual weekly let for Whitby chalets is set to rise to almost £500, it is still less than Scarborough South Bay’s annual fee, which will rise to £850.30.
Other cost increases in Whitby will include weekly lettings between 30 June and 7 September rising to £93, while it will cost £23.75 to let a chalet for a day during this period.
Whitby has the highest numbers of council-owned chalets in the borough with 140 compared to 39 at Scarborough’s South Bay and 36 at Filey.
The income from chalet provision in Whitby for 2010/11 was £50,910 while expenditure was £27,680.
Income for 2011/12 was expected to increase to £58,290 with expenditure up two per cent to £28,230.