Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Council offers weekly moorings

WEEKLY moorings have been introduced at two Henley sites to generate more income.

WEEKLY moorings have been introduced at two Henley sites to generate more income.

Boat owners can apply for temporary spaces at River Terrace and Little White Hart, which is owned by the town council.

The move comes after some previous long-term tenants moved to the Brightside Moorings in Thames Side owned by Sorbon Estates.

The company charges £2,800 a year but provides electricity and water. It has also upgraded its jetties and walkways since taking over the former Alf Parrott moorings two years ago.

Only four of the eight jetties at White Hart and two of the four at River Terrace are currently occupied.

In April, the council reduced the annual cost of mooring at either site by £400 to £2,400 and doing so has kept at least one of its tenants.

Liz Jones, the council’s accountant, prepared a report for last Tuesday’s recreation and amenities committee meeting.

She wrote: “Every effort has been made by the moorings clerk to advertise and follow up enquiries to fill the spaces.

“She has a waiting list of 12 people looking for permanent moorings but all have chosen not to take on moorings at White Hart or River Terrace due to the cost/length restriction/personal circumstances.”

Ms Jones reports that there had been enquiries about whether the town had temporary mooring spaces that can be booked and also if they can be held for more than two weeks and so it was decided to consider temporary weekly moorings.

Of five enquiries, two have applied and temporary licences have been granted at a rate of £150 plus VAT per week, subject to a minimum of two weeks.

Ms Jones adds: “If filled for 16 weeks per year the lost income of £2,400 a year per mooring would be regained from these temporary moorings. The extra income from this source is £600 so far.”

Town clerk Mike Kennedy told the committee: “It is a fact that the permanent moorings we have had difficulty in finding tenants to occupy those moorings.

“Realising that we are going to incur considerable downturn in our budget income we have looked for imaginative ways of closing that gap.

“The report is asking you to note the actions staff have taken to close the funding gap that otherwise would have occurred, to recognise the fact that there are other operators in the market place that offer superior facilities and to see what quotes we can get to upgrade our facilities so they match what is being offered nearby.”

Councillor David Clenshaw replied: “I applaud the initiative to get some income from the moorings. I think it is quite amazing that Henley does not have a waiting list for these moorings.”

Jeni Wood, who chairs the committee, added: “We don’t want to be the last on the list for people to moor along the river. We have to update and move with the times.”

The council is currently investigating the possibility of upgrading the facilities offered to permanent moorers.

Maintenance work and steam cleaning of the jetties is also to be undertaken this summer.

Meanwhile, income from Mill Meadows car park, which is also run by the town council has recorded a profit in the first two months of this financial year.

In April, recorded income was £16,321 and May was £17,618, compared to £15, 391 and £16,993, during the same months last year, respectively.

Councillor Kellie Hinton said: “This is quite positive. The weather in April and May last year was a lot better than this year. We must have the right tariffs.”

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WEEKLY moorings have been introduced at two Henley sites to generate more income for the town council.

Boat owners can apply for the short-term spaces at River Terrace and Little White Hart, which are owned by the council.

The move comes after some previous long-term tenants moved to the Brightside Moorings in Thames Side, which are owned by Sorbon Estates.

The company charges £2,800 a year but provides electricity and water. It has also upgraded the jetties and walkways since buying the former Alf Parrott moorings two years ago. Only four of the eight jetties at White Hart and two of the four at River Terrace are currently occupied.

In April, the council reduced the annual cost of mooring at either site by £400 to £2,400. Liz Jones, the council’s accountant, said in a report to the recreation and amenities committee: “Every effort has been made by the moorings clerk to advertise and follow up enquiries to fill the spaces.

“She has a waiting list of 12 people looking for permanent moorings but all have chosen not to take on moorings at White Hart or River Terrace due to the cost/length restriction/personal circumstances.”

She said there had been enquiries about whether the town had temporary moorings that could be booked so the weekly arrangement was introduced. Temporary licences had been granted at a rate of £150 plus VAT per week, subject to a minimum of two weeks.

“The extra income from this source is £600 so far,” she said. “If filled for 16 weeks per year, the lost income of £2,400 a year per mooring would be regained from these temporary moorings.”

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