Staff may be decked by chair
ONE of Britain’s top holiday spots has missed out on £200,000 of income because officials decided not to rent out deckchairs – in case they were used as weapons by thugs.
For more than 100 years, visitors to Bournemouth have been able to hire the 3,500 council-owned chairs. But this summer they have been notably absent from the popular Dorset resort’s seafront.
The local authority told council memberVikki Slade that it was in case they were used to attack staff.
She said: “Even if that were the case, you don’t just get rid of the chairs – you increase security or have police patrolling the beach.
“When I asked about the financial impact, they said they had adjusted the budget by £200,000.”
A spokesperson for BCP Council said: “The wellbeing and safety of our staff, residents and visitors was a priority in this decision.”