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Karen&Mike
Oct-15-2016 @ 8:13 PM                           Permalink
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Aye Aye Captain !

You might want to put a reminder in some of the others too...

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The provision of stern on mooring in this location was a limited trial to determine if it could be managed safety and effectively.  The aim was to see if it was possible to increase capacity at this busy location. The trial has now come to an end and we are currently reviewing its outcomes.

Safety considerations will be key to the decision to allow or refuse stern on mooring at the Ferry Inn for future years.  The following conditions were put in place as part of the trial:
- Boats arranged as per an agreed plan to ensure continued visibility round the bend.
- Mooring attendant on site to assist boaters to both moor up quickly and efficiently and safe release of vessels back into the channel.
- White lights placed on the bows of vessels moored stern between sunset and sunrise.

Compliance and effectiveness of these measures are part of the trial review criteria and the rangers have kept records in this regard. Findings of the review will be taken to a Navigation Committee in the New Year.

The moorings workshop referred to actually recommended that we should try to maintain our existing level of mooring provision apart from reducing the length of mooring we manage at Hoveton Viaduct and exiting our lease for Thorpe River Green as these sites were underused.

We were unfortunately unable to reach agreement on the terms of a lease for the moorings we had at Woodbastwick and Perci’s Island as the landowner was asking for a level of rent way in excess of the figure the Authority’s  property advisers recommended.  The Authority’s Navigation Committee has given clear advice that we should not pay rental costs that are too high when we have to take on maintenance liability and public health and safety liability from the landowners for those sites.  If we did agree to high rental charges we would set an unfortunate precedent for other lease negotiations.

We continue to try to increase the number of moorings we provide and are currently in negotiation on leases for several sites.  We are also working with organisations such as the Broads Hire Boat Federation and the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association to look at other sites and suggestions for increasing mooring capacity.


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Oct-20-2016 @ 6:59 PM                           Permalink
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John

At best the rangers only pass there twice a day and not always at optimum times can we be assured that the comments from both private and commercial operators will be given full consideration as there is a lot of public concern over this problem.

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The trial of stern-on mooring at the Ferry will not be continued in future seasons. The report can be found here (section 3).

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Thanks Paladine wonder if he will now reopen the Woodbastwick moorings opposite.

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Feb-17-2017 @ 9:59 PM                           Permalink
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Could possibly kill that pub altogether, as well as damage the small businesses in Horning

kindest regards . malcolm wilkinson

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Reading the report, a major consideration was non-compliance with the conditions by the landlord. So, if his business goes down the pan, he only has himself to blame.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
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No reason it should the pub operated very successfully in the past with no stern on or double mooring its down to good management, both the New Inn and the Swan operate successfully with far less mooring.

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Malcolm - I think you have posted without knowing the facts!

Unless anyone knows to the contrary, I don't actually think it will make a jot of difference as, as far as I am aware he can still double moor along all of his frontage to make up for it. That was the stupid part about the whole thing as he was not utilising this concession whilst at the same time sticking 45 footers into the stream. Now it will only be 24' and much safer - and people can go back to mooring at Woodbastwick! It would be cutting of his nose to spite his face if he did not restore that now!

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You are quite right Marshman i was merely pointing out that even though people pay to moor there,there are a lot of them that stroll down to the village to shop,because a lack of mooring spaces on the staithe

kindest regards . malcolm wilkinson

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