Thursday, 29 June 2017

Boat hire firms refuse to pay £1,000 mooring fee

HENLEY Town Council is involved in a stand-off with pleasure boat firms over its decision to increase mooring fees at Red Lion Lawn.

It could result in a £4,000 deficit in the council’s budget after at least two of the four companies that have traditionally taken licences decided not to renew them.

Despite this, members of the council’s town and community committee have recommended that the new £1,000-a-year fee should stay as it is.

The moorings are used by pleasure boats for the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and are particularly popular during the Rewind Festival in August.

In November, the licence fee for this year was increased to £1,000 — more than the previous total annual revenue. The council’s accountant had suggested a five per cent rise.

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