Overnight mooring charges would make Reedham a ‘ghost town’, residents fear

General view of the Riverside and River Yare at Reedham.
Picture: James Bass General view of the Riverside and River Yare at Reedham. Picture: James Bass

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:30 AM

A Broads village would become a “ghost town” if overnight mooring charges were introduced, businesses fear.

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General view of the Riverside and River Yare at Reedham.
Picture: James BassGeneral view of the Riverside and River Yare at Reedham. Picture: James Bass

Holidaymakers stopping at Reedham would pay £3 per night under Broads Authority plans, starting from the beginning of the 2014 boating season.

Broads Authority bosses claim the charge is needed to cover the “rising costs of managing and maintaining the site and providing the ranger services”.

While the charge would be less than the £12 per night fee at Norwich and Great Yarmouth, traders believe hire boats would avoid Reedham as soon as they learned it would cost them.

Ros Carter, landlady of the Lord Nelson pub in Reedham, said the plan to charge was a “fiasco”.

“It will go on the grapevine that we’re charging at Reedham,” she said. “It will just go out among the boating community and people won’t come here as they will assume we’re charging the same as Norwich and Yarmouth but they get facilities there. “Reedham would become a ghost town.”

Reedham Parish Council is objecting to the proposal, but landowners Broadland District Council have said they are legally entitled to introduce such a fee on behalf of current tenants the Broads Authority.

A Broads Authority spokesman said the £3 charge would be signposted and advertised widely and people could continue to moor free of charge from 9am to 5pm.

Under the original lease Broadland District Council contributed £3,500 to the cost of the quay rangers, but this was no longer the case.

Three water points and an electric charging point are provided and quay rangers staff the mooring seven days a week from 9am to 6pm from April 1 until November 2.

“They help boaters moor, maintain the quay and provide information to visitors,” the spokesman added. “The Broads Authority also maintains the hut, lifebuoys, water supply points, safety ladders, and pays for the electricity.

“Broadland District Council pays for the upkeep of the quay heading, surfacing, fenders, chains and posts, and cuts the grass.”

The money raised from mooring fees would be shared between the Broads Authority and Broadland District Council.

A spokesman for Broadland District Council said they have offered to

meet parish councillors to discuss the parish taking ownership, giving them “the right to make future decisions on its operation, including whether or not to allow charges”.

7 comments

  • The boating community is already well aware of this, and has been the topic of conversations on the boating forums for a while, 3 pounds will be start, next year it will go up ,the excuse being inflation ect ect, as a keen boater myself the ranger at reedham blows hot and cold, one minute they can,t do enough, the next visit they won,t get out of there heated hut!! .I for one will think long and hard before tying up there if the charge goes ahead, it,s not the most boat frienly mooring becuase of the strong currents and tides as it is...charging for it will deture hirers on a budget too.

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    Trevor Booth

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Absolutely agree. £3 is a bargain!

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    M

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • M and wes1975 may not be so apathetic in a year or two's time when £3 becomes £15. As with all government and quasi government bodies once the door is open the sky is the limit. The Broads Authority is intent on pricing boaters of the Broads, take for example the recent introduction of charges for adjacent waters. Wake up and smell the coffee, it is only a matter of time before there only ducks and geese left !

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    BWJ

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • The offer by the Broadland District Council to transfer ownership of the quay to Reedham is exactly the same pig in a poke as the then Rural District Council offered to Reedham in 1916. Counsel's Opinion was sought at that time and the opinion of William Mckenzie KC is on file in the Norfolk Record Office. He stated that the Reedham quay was a Public Quay, and the introduction of mooring charges would be illegal. (William Mckenzie, later Sir William and 1st Baron Amulree, was an extremely distinguished lawyer who became Secretary of State for Air from 1930 to 1931). In a squalid attempt by the Broadland District Council to settle an six year old argument with the Broads Authority over a few thousand pounds a year in their respective budgets, the historic rights of the tax-paying public are being trampled under foot. The law has not changed since 1916, The Broadland District Council simply haven't bothered to do their homework. Mooring charges at Reedham would be illegal.

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    Bill Saunders

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • It's only three pounds for God's sake.

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    wes1975

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • The boating community is already well aware of this, and has been the topic of conversations on the boating forums for a while, 3 pounds will be start, next year it will go up ,the excuse being inflation ect ect, as a keen boater myself the ranger at reedham blows hot and cold, one minute they can,t do enough, the next visit they won,t get out of there heated hut!! .I for one will think long and hard before tying up there if the charge goes ahead, it,s not the most boat frienly mooring becuase of the strong currents and tides as it is...charging for it will deture hirers on a budget too.

    Report this comment

    Trevor Booth

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • The boating community is already well aware of this, and has been the topic of conversations on the boating forums for a while, 3 pounds will be start, next year it will go up ,the excuse being inflation ect ect, as a keen boater myself the ranger at reedham blows hot and cold, one minute they can,t do enough, the next visit they won,t get out of there heated hut!! .I for one will think long and hard before tying up there if the charge goes ahead, it,s not the most boat frienly mooring becuase of the strong currents and tides as it is...charging for it will deture hirers on a budget too.

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    Trevor Booth

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

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