Thursday, 22 October 2015

Navigation Committee proposes reduction in hire boat mutliplier

Navigation Committee members today came forward with their own proposal to recommend to the Broads Authority that tolls income should increase by 4.5% but that the multiplier paid by hire boat operators should be lowered.

Members examined a range of options from Broads Authority officers for the setting of tolls for 2016/17 but formulated a new proposal that would see most of the work programme retained but included a reduction in the hire boat multiplier from 2.62 to 2.55.

Concerns were raised about the ongoing decline in hire boats on the Broads and information from the Broads Hire Boat Federation that another 20 to 30 boats are likely to leave the industry next year.

The result of changing the multiplier means a 2.3% increase for hire boat tolls and a 5.8% increase for private boats.

If the proposal is adopted by the Broads Authority at its meeting on 20 November the planned removal of the hazardous Dickey Works at the entrance to Breydon Water would be postponed.

However the increase would fund other programmed work for the benefit of the boating community, including the much-demanded continuation of the Hickling project, the renewal of channel markers across Breydon Water, the use of contractors to assist with tree clearance and implementing the mooring and piling refurbishment programme.

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