Sunday, 20 August 2017

Firm loses sole use of moorings

BOAT hire firms are to be offered use of Henley’s Red Lion Lawn moorings.

BOAT hire firms are to be offered use of Henley’s Red Lion Lawn moorings.

Henley Town Council’s town and community committee has decided not to renew the contract which gave Hobbs of Henley sole use of the moorings for a fee of £4,000 a year until July 31.

Instead other hire firms will be offered the chance to use the lawn to pick up and drop passengers in return for a fee.

Councillor Ian Reissmann said he had felt “uncomfortable” about having a one-company deal and Mayor Julian Brookes said it could discourage other companies from bringing visitors to Henley.

Deputy Mayor Will Hamilton added: “It’s right that others should be given the opportunity. We don’t have to sweat everything out of every asset. If we come up with £3,000 rather than £4,000 so be it. At least several operators are having a go.”



Councillor Reissmann added: “It’s about getting best value and that isn’t necessarily the highest return.”

When Hobbs was awarded the contact in July last year other pleasure boat companies complained and said the moorings should be for multiple use, as they were previously.

The council will now approach other businesses, including Henley Sales and Charter, Henley River Cruises and SRB Moorings in Henley as well as Reading and Maidenhead operators.



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