Lately, media interest in huts has been predominantly focused on the price of huts. Well, it's sensational, so it is news. Second most popular is beach hut decor and makeovers. But there are so many more angles on beach huts and beach hut culture.
Beach huts are a weird piece of real estate - their plots are almost insignificantly tiny, and their owners want to be left well alone, but they are often sited on literally shifting sands.
The reason some councils offer huts on a licence basis is because they need to reserve the right to have the beach at short notice for sea defence work, etc.