Guernsey harbour fees rise 'will drive boats away'

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Guernsey harbour fees rise 'will drive boats away'

Post by GD on Wed 26 Nov 2014, 6:03 pm

Proposed increases in harbour charges will force people to sell their boats, according to the president of the Guernsey Boatowners' Association.

Peter Derham said about 300 people went to the group's AGM on Monday and all opposed the 100% rise in mooring fees.

The increase is part of proposals for the long-term development of St Peter Port and St Sampson's harbours.

Kate Lawson, commercial manager, said the work was "essential" and "everyone needed to pay their share".

She said: "We have done all we can to hold constructive engagement with all islanders, including three public meetings so we could answer all questions directly."

Currently boat owners pay an annual charge, based on the size of their vessel, to moor in the Albert, QEII and St Sampson's marinas.
The fee is currently 5.17 per square foot, meaning someone with a boat 30ft long and 10ft wide would pay 1,551 each year.

Mr Derham said the proposals would see these fees double immediately for large boats and over four years for small vessels.

He said: "We appreciate if there's going to reinvestment in the harbour we've got to contribute to that, but not the amounts being suggested.

"A large percentage of the people attending said if the proposed increases are imposed they will give up boating."

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