July 28 2014 Latest news:
Monday, June 30, 2014
The number of moorings on the Norfolk Broads could be expanded because of increasing numbers of private boats.
Malcolm Valentine, of the Yare Valley Sailing Club, told Saturday’s annual meeting there was a need for more safety pontoons along the whole of the Broads network. Authority chairman Stephen Johnson told him a working group to assess the provision will meet next month.
Speaking afterwards, Broads Authority chief executive John Packman, (pictured), said there are 63 free 24-hour moorings, and added: “Moorings is becoming more of an issue because the number of private boats has increased, and that is putting pressure on the moorings.” He said the authority was investigating their life-time and replacement costs, and there was a constant juggling act between users who want more moorings, and the limited pot of money. He said some new moorings had been provided with Network Rail money, and the authority was looking at other external funding options.