The Association’s purpose, set out in its constitution, is to advise, represent, and liaise with New Forest District Council and other authorities on behalf of its members across all matters relating to the ownership of beach huts. Membership is by annual subscription and there are currently over 500 huts whose owners are members. The Association is headed up by a committee of 7. Although not a Registered Charity, the Association makes donations to charitable organisations from time to time.
Hordle Cliff Beach Security Patrols
In response to reports of anti-social behaviour at Hordle Cliff Beach, NFDC Coastal Team has extended the security patrols to continue through to the end of July.
If you need water on your visits to the beach, remember to bring some with you!
Steve Cook, NFDC's Service Manager for Coastal & Public Facilities has advised that all coastal water taps have been turned off due to the risks around covid-19 and following general guidance received by the Government. The decision has therefore been taken that they are a potential contamination point and so should not be available for use. This will continue to be reviewed as further guidance is received from the Government.
Also, some NFDC toilets at our beaches remain closed on Government advice, again to minimize the risks around covid-19.
NFDC Contact Phone Number Change
NFDC have advised that from 3 August, you will no longer be able to contact them on 023 80 28 5588.
If you call that number you will hear a recorded message to advise that the number is no longer in use. All the other NFDC telephone numbers remain unchanged and 023 80 28 5000 is the customer services number.
Before telephoning you may wish to save time by visiting the website http://www.newforest.gov.uk where there is information about NFDC's services. You will also see options to web-chat with the customer services team.
You can email NFDC at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have the 5588 number stored anywhere, please delete it to save you misdialling in future.
If you call customer services you will hear a list of options. Please listen carefully so you can select the right one for the service you are looking for. Your call will then be automatically put through to the service you want, or you will be connected to customer services.
Annual General Meeting Postponed
The NFBHOA Constitution requires an Annual General Meeting to be held towards the end of April. Accordingly, the Committee have been working to organize this year’s meeting.
However, in the light of the coronavirus precautions outlined by the Government on 16 March, the Committee has decided to postpone until further notice the Annual General Meeting which we had planned for 28 April 2020.
It is hoped that the AGM can be held in early autumn 2020 but Association members will be advised of a new date when the situation becomes clearer.
2019-2020 Income and Expenditure Account
The Income and Expenditure Accounts for 2019-2020 were to have been presented at the 2020 AGM. However, as the AGM has been postponed, the accounts are instead available for Members to view in the Members Only section, by clicking on AGM minutes (current and archive)
New NFBHOA Committee Members Urgently Required
We are still looking for a new Chairperson for the Association, a position which has now been vacant for a year. In addition, the post of Barton Rep. is vacant, as Lesley Monaghan resigned during 2019. Colin Holdsworth would prefer not to continue as the Milford Rep. and will not stand for re-election if someone else comes forward. The rest of the Committee are willing to stand again, and their statements of intent will be available at the AGM. We are all volunteers.
If you are interested in being the Chairperson, the Barton Rep. or the Milford Rep. please contact Jan Wise for further details: email@example.com
Any nominations for these committee positions must be received in writing by the Hon. Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the AGM and accompanied by the names of the Proposer and Seconder. Prospective nominees will need to be members of the Association.
NFDC SeaView Magazine 2020
NFDC has issued the 2020 SeaView Magazine. In earlier years, the magazine was issued both in printed form and as an electronic file. For 2020, the print edition has been dropped but here is the electronic copy:
Issue of Annual Beach Hut Site Licence Fee Invoices for 2020 - 2021.
NFDC has now issued the annual beach hut licence fee invoices and a reduction has been applied for the 42 day period 1 April to 12 May 2020 when huts were not accessible, representing an 11.5% reduction in all fees.
The published 2020-2021 Beach Hut Fees and Charges listing can be seen on the NFDC website at:
To help understand the changes in fees for this year, please visit our Members Only section. There, by clicking on NFDC list of current fees, a comparison between the 2020-2021 charges and those which were applicable for 2019-2020 can be found, together with a list of the fees actually charged this year, taking account of the 11.5% inaccessibility discount mentioned above.
If you see anti-social behaviour or criminal activity in progress, do not intervene, but call 999.
Report any suspicious behaviour you see, or damage to your hut which you believe may have been caused by criminal activity, to the police on 101.
Be ready to give the postcode for the incident. For Barton on Sea BH25 7DU, Calshot SO45 1BR, Hordle Cliff SO41 0UX and Milford SO41 0PY.
Looking around your neighbours’ huts is invaluable. Please report any damage found to your NFBHOA beach rep. (for contact, see: https://www.newforestbeachhuts.com/uploads/library/General/Contacts.pdf )
or phone NFDC on 02380 285000, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside normal office hours call NFDC’s emergency service on 023 8028 5250. In the unlikely event you are unable to contact NFDC on this number, you can call an emergency mobile number: 07771 259098.
NFBHOA has notice boards at all the beaches with information regarding tides (Calshot does in the summer) and general information which you may find useful in an emergency.
Advice for Beach Hut Owners - Autumn and Winter
Autumn / winter is an interesting time at the beach, but there are fewer people about to look out for problems with huts and weather may cause damage too. So, the first step to keep your hut safe and secure is to make sure that it is in good condition and that it is properly locked-up. If repair work is needed, a list of contractors can be found at:
If you are closing your hut for the winter, please be sure to remove any items of value and all gas bottles.
Under the licence issued to owners by New Forest District Council for beach huts on our 4 beaches, no renting of huts is permitted under any circumstances.
Responsible dog owners and their dogs are welcome on our beaches, but it is advisable to keep dogs on long leads. Please clean up after your dog has fouled.