Broads Authority members set navigation charges for next year today.
The charges will allow extra work to be carried out for the benefit of the boating community including practical work at Hickling Broad together with an increase in overall operational activities, such as tree clearance across the system.
The three principle uses of the income are dredging the rivers and broads, maintaining the infrastructure and facilities, particularly the network of more than 60 free 24 hour moorings, and patrolling by the Authority’s Rangers.
Members of the Authority adopted the recommendations of its Navigation Committee including the reduction in the multiplier for weekly hired craft from 2.62 to 2.55. This was in recognition of both the importance of the hire boat industry to the local economy and the pressures upon it.
The new charges mean that a small private sailing boat of 5m2 will pay an extra £2.52 for the year and a similar sized private motor boat an extra £5.04.
In cash terms the reduction in the multiplier will bring the increase for hire boats more into line with the rise for private boats. For example a 48m2 private boat will pay an extra £26.18 for the year and the same sized hire boat £32.50. If the multiplier had been left unchanged the rise for the hire boat would have been £57.69.
Overall 92% of the private boats will pay less than £20 extra per annum.
Renewal forms for the 10,000 users of the Broads navigation will be sent out next February and March in advance of the start of the new season on 1 April.