in favour of keeping boats on Riverside*
in favour of no fee increases*
The consultation responses are below (in the format we were given them by the Council), along with our press release:
*based on all email and questionaire responses - the Council didn't exactly provide the information in an easy-to-read format
River Review published
Camboaters have published a detailed River Review in response to the Council's consultation on River Moorings in the City. You can download a copy below.
Download Camboaters River Review
Urgent - revised Council proposals
The recent consultation on moorings found that an overwhelming majority of people are favour of retaining mooring on Riverside and not increasing fees for boaters. But the Council are proposing:
- Increasing fees by 33% for single boaters. Currently the same fair fee structure is used for the mooring fee as for Council tax - single people pay less to reflect the fact that they use less services and facilities. The Council are proposing that single people should pay exactly the same as couples. The proposal to remove the single occupancy discount has come out of the blue. This wasn't consulted on at all. It would hit those least able to pay the hardest.
- Removing most of the boats from Riverside. Eventually, the Council has grudging allowed that up to seven boats may be permitted to return. Some of the remaining boats will be allocated mooring places on the Commons, jumping ahead of those who have been waiting patiently on the waiting list for years. Some boats will be permanently evicted from the City.
The Council will be making their decision on Monday evening - the agenda and background documents are now up on the Council website. The Councillors making the decison really need to know that when people responded to the consultation they were in favour of all boats being permitted to remain on Riverside - not just a token chosen few - and that sneaking in a huge fee increase for single people - which wasn't mentioned in the consultation - is both underhand and unfair.
We've detailed our concerns in a letter to the Councillors on the committee - available here.
Update Monday 20th. The committee meeting is now upon us - we'll update everyone who responded once the committee has made their decisions.