The Council are proposing:
- Abolishing mooring along Riverside, reducing the number of residential moorings in Cambridge by around one third. This is despite a recent consultation showing strong public support for retaining mooring on this part of the river. People have lived on Riverside for 20 years or more, and there is nowhere on the river for boats to go if they are moved on.
- Doubling the mooring fee for all boats on Council moorings, and abandoning the principle that fees should be set at a fair level that reflects the cost of providing services to boaters. A doubling of fees would cause significant financial hardship for many people who live on boats.
- Riverside boaters integrated into the existing moorings policy. We believe safety concerns over the railings that the Council are using as a pretext for the proposed evictions have been greatly overstated, as people have moored there for at least 20 years without incident. With small modifications to access (gates in the railings, ladders on the wall, and mooring rings - already in place on some parts of the river wall), excellent access could be provided for boaters for very little outlay.
- Keeping the current simple and fair fee structure. Integrating Riverside into the Council's mooring policy so that boats there pay the same mooring licence as other boaters is a better way of increasing revenue!
The proposed consultation document is online on the Council's website. We'll be doing everything we can to persuade the Council that there is a better, fairer way forward for boaters and the City than the current proposals.
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