Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Cost of visitor moorings set to rise

THE cost of mooring a boat for the night in Henley is set to rise.

THE cost of mooring a boat for the night in Henley is set to rise.

Councillors are expected to raise the charge for the town council’s moorings in Mill Meadows from £9 to £10, even though some of them oppose the idea.

Speaking at a meeting of the finance strategy and management committee, Councillor Will Hamilton backed the increase, saying: “There’s quite clearly a need for the moorings and we have great facilities at Mill Meadows like the new toddler playground.

“Let’s put it up, it’s only £1 and will generate an extra £2,500 to spend on other things.” Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak added: “We have to remember that these are visitors to Henley who are getting fantastic facilities in the middle of the town.”

But Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin said: “We did very well last year to encourage more visitors and if you increase the charge I think people will sail right through Henley.”

Mayor Martin Akehurst said: “We currently charge in line with other sites along the Thames but they provide better facilities.

“If we are going to put the price up we need to improve the facilities in Henley. I’m talking about electric charging stations, water supplies and the like, which other locations provide.”

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