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Nov-01-2017 @ 7:03 PM                           Permalink
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Good Evening
Can you tell us where we are with the Toll increases this year as boating is getting very expensive. To enjoy our hobby we need a little more room now that we are older and many people can only spend time boating when their working career slows down. Moorings have increased because business rates have and we need to know how the tolls are going to affect our and the future of The Broads.
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Nov-01-2017 @ 7:33 PM                           Permalink
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Good Evening Marge and Parge,

Thanks for the question.

From April of this year the Authority implemented a new charging structure which it believed to be fairer and easier to understand. This involved moving to a straightforward calculation for tolls where the size of the boat in metres is multiplied by a charge per square metre. The effect of the change was to reduce the charges for smaller boats with 44% of all boats seeing a reduction, while increasing the charges for the larger boats.

In part these amendments were in response to changes in the fleet with the reduction in the number of small private motor boats while large motor boats were on the increase.

The change in the charging structure from April 2017 was the most radical since 1981 when the Port and Haven Commissioners moved from a system based on tonnage to one using square metres.

The decline in the number of small motor boats has been reversed this year and in fact they increased by over 10% and the number of larger craft has not diminished with the number between 31 and 60 square meters being virtually unchanged at 1315 compared to 1311 last year.

The weekly hired motor cruisers have also not reduced as predicted by the industry.

This increase in private and hired motor boats is good news because as a result the Authority’s navigation income this year is above that budgeted and puts the Authority in a good position when looking at tolls for 2018/19.

In October we presented a report to the Navigation Committee setting out the potential options for next year’s charges.  These ranged from a 1% increase which would be sufficient to maintain current levels of service along with choices to increase certain work areas such as tree and scrub management, dredging, patrolling and the maintenance of moorings along with the associated effect on tolls for all classifications of vessels. Following discussion the Committee voted to recommend a 3% increase in line with inflation. This recommendation will be considered at the next Broads Authority meeting on November 24th when Members will decide on the charges for 2018/19.

If the Broads Authority accepts the Navigation Committee’s recommendation then the additional income would allow for the purchase of additional electronic speed signs and equipment, including an attachment for a JCB, which would improve our effectiveness in dealing with bankside vegetation and trees overhanging the waterways.

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John

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Nov-01-2017 @ 7:38 PM                           Permalink
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I suppose some of us, at 3%, are expected to heave a sigh of relief and feel let off lightly

If I am a "woody" how come there are no "fibreglassy's" "plasticy's" or "steelies"?

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Nov-01-2017 @ 7:47 PM                           Permalink
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Electronic speeding signs don't appeal to us. A thing that would appeal to us is if you actually did something to those who speed without care or thought for others.
Can't you take a suspension of toll as a fine or something that would really make people think that it is their responsibility to navigate safely.
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The Authority takes speeding seriously and every year we prosecute a number of cases through the magistrates courts. We don’t have the powers to suspend a toll.

The Rangers are increasingly monitoring the speed of vessels with their radar guns from fixed points on the land as well as from the launches.  The point of the electronic signs is to remind those, particularly visitors, to moderate their speed.

John



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