Saturday, 19 August 2017

Moorings outsourced

HOBBS of Henley has been awarded a contract to run the town council?s permanent moorings.

HOBBS of Henley has been awarded a contract to run the town council?s permanent moorings.

The authority voted to outsource management of the 28 jetties at River Terrace, Thames Side and Mill Meadows during a confidential meeting.

Hobbs is now responsible for taking bookings, setting prices and marketing them for hire on an annual basis. It will also charge to lift boats out of the water at the end of the summer and store them over winter.

The new arrangements will come into force on April 1.

The council will keep two short-stay moorings in Thames Side and a third in River Terrace and will put up signs advising users of the three-hour limit.

The council says that outsourcing the moorings will produce more income and offer a better service as well as reducing the workload of staff at the visitor information centre, who previously administered the scheme.

The town council will continue to administer its temporary visitor moorings at Mill and Marsh Meadows, which can be hired on a daily or weekly basis.

The issue will be discussed again at an extraordinary full council meeting on Tuesday, again in private.

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