Frozen fees make Weymouth harbour 'one of the cheapest' on south coast

Dorset Echo: Frozen fees make Weymouth harbour 'one of the cheapest' on south coast Frozen fees make Weymouth harbour 'one of the cheapest' on south coast

COUNCIL chiefs are freezing fees in Weymouth Harbour for visiting yachts, boats and berth holders for 2014/15.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, which runs the harbour, says freezing fees has made the harbour ‘one of the cheapest places’ to visit or moor on the south coast.

Fees have been increased by at least the rate of inflation for a number of years.

Councillor Dominic Lonsdale, chairman of the Harbour Management Board, said: “We want to keep the charges at the same rate as 2013/14 to attract both visiting customers and more permanent berth-holders.

“There has been a misconception that we’ve held our prices high since the Olympics, which is simply not true, and we are very pleased we are able keep our prices as competitive as possible for next year.”

The harbour’s two council marinas have an average 80 per cent occupancy rate, said to be in line with most marinas on the south coast.

Cllr Lonsdale added: “We are actively maintaining and improving the facilities and infrastructure of the harbour which is highlighted by our increased reinvestment, especially in the lead up to the Olympics.

“I’m pleased facilities which were recently upgraded, such as the toilet and shower facilities, continue to be praised by harbour users.”

Two loyalty schemes are also currently being devised; one for repeat customers and the other for boats on Portland moorings that wish want to visit Weymouth.

More information about this is expected in early 2014.

The new Harbour Guide for 2014 and the annual newsletter have just been released. Both can be picked up from the harbour office at Custom House Quay or viewed online.

Charges and other information can be found on the harbour website at harbour.weymouth.gov.uk

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10:30am Mon 6 Jan 14

Get a grip says...

So you own a boat, and many cost more than a house, and the ratepayers are being asked to subsidise the cost.

At the same time we are being told that many services will have to be cut or reduced.

Please do not tell me that this will attract more visitors as the occupancy rate is about average.

Bang the fees up by at least the rate of inflation
So you own a boat, and many cost more than a house, and the ratepayers are being asked to subsidise the cost. At the same time we are being told that many services will have to be cut or reduced. Please do not tell me that this will attract more visitors as the occupancy rate is about average. Bang the fees up by at least the rate of inflation Get a grip
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10:33am Mon 6 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Journalese! It seems as if the work experience people have taken over the newsdesk!
The harbour is not a sentient being, it is a body of water and can't affect what the council charge for moorings.
The fees are un-affected by the temperature and so cannot be frozen, they are just being kept at the same rate as 2013/14.
Journalese! It seems as if the work experience people have taken over the newsdesk! The harbour is not a sentient being, it is a body of water and can't affect what the council charge for moorings. The fees are un-affected by the temperature and so cannot be frozen, they are just being kept at the same rate as 2013/14. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -4

11:14am Mon 6 Jan 14

The Fish says...

Get a grip wrote:
So you own a boat, and many cost more than a house, and the ratepayers are being asked to subsidise the cost.

At the same time we are being told that many services will have to be cut or reduced.

Please do not tell me that this will attract more visitors as the occupancy rate is about average.

Bang the fees up by at least the rate of inflation
Where does it say that rate-payers are subsidising the cost? If anything the marinas subsidise the council!

Further last year was the first year for a number of years that the fees increased for permanent moorings (therefore they have not been increasing steadily for a number of years as stated above). They have not needed to increase as the income generated has managed to maintain the harbour (Condor berth excluded) - surpluses are then fed back into the general council coffers.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: So you own a boat, and many cost more than a house, and the ratepayers are being asked to subsidise the cost. At the same time we are being told that many services will have to be cut or reduced. Please do not tell me that this will attract more visitors as the occupancy rate is about average. Bang the fees up by at least the rate of inflation[/p][/quote]Where does it say that rate-payers are subsidising the cost? If anything the marinas subsidise the council! Further last year was the first year for a number of years that the fees increased for permanent moorings (therefore they have not been increasing steadily for a number of years as stated above). They have not needed to increase as the income generated has managed to maintain the harbour (Condor berth excluded) - surpluses are then fed back into the general council coffers. The Fish
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

smilealoft44 says...

Good keep this cost effective, when the area is full of boats that will be the time to adjust cost. Nothing wrong with owning a boat that cost more than a house. As long as the money was made honestly and taxes paid that were due. We are a seaside resort we need boats.
Good keep this cost effective, when the area is full of boats that will be the time to adjust cost. Nothing wrong with owning a boat that cost more than a house. As long as the money was made honestly and taxes paid that were due. We are a seaside resort we need boats. smilealoft44
  • Score: 5

1:11pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Get a grip says...

There is nothing wrong with owning a boat

But the fees shouls at least keep up with inflation.

If other marinas are also running at about 80% full and Weymouth is the cheapest then cost is not an issue.
There is nothing wrong with owning a boat But the fees shouls at least keep up with inflation. If other marinas are also running at about 80% full and Weymouth is the cheapest then cost is not an issue. Get a grip
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Mon 6 Jan 14

FooWoo says...

Very good news. I thought the council would bleed it dry and push more people out.

As the harbour is making profit I would say keep the prices low and help get it to a higher occupancy. Like myself there are a number of small weymouth boat owners who find the fees going up every year quite alarming. Some hikes have been well above inflation.

You shouldn't be punished just because you worked hard to own a boat.
Very good news. I thought the council would bleed it dry and push more people out. As the harbour is making profit I would say keep the prices low and help get it to a higher occupancy. Like myself there are a number of small weymouth boat owners who find the fees going up every year quite alarming. Some hikes have been well above inflation. You shouldn't be punished just because you worked hard to own a boat. FooWoo
  • Score: 5

2:36pm Mon 6 Jan 14

shy talk says...

Can I move my Greenhill Chalet on to a pontoon in Weymouth harbour? Good views and open spaces plus good value for money.
Can I move my Greenhill Chalet on to a pontoon in Weymouth harbour? Good views and open spaces plus good value for money. shy talk
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jjlad2 says...

Get a grip wrote:
There is nothing wrong with owning a boat But the fees shouls at least keep up with inflation. If other marinas are also running at about 80% full and Weymouth is the cheapest then cost is not an issue.
Buy a boat for £2k and put it in the marina. it will then cost you £2k a year to keep it their (26ft) approx.
Now we could go with your idea and up the fee's, result would be to take the boat out, go elsewhere or not bother owning a boat, that would lead to empty harbour, no income from fee's, deficit in Council Income, and hence put the charges elsewhere, like carparks etc.
Boat owners already pay a fair price and good news they are going to hold the price for at least another year.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: There is nothing wrong with owning a boat But the fees shouls at least keep up with inflation. If other marinas are also running at about 80% full and Weymouth is the cheapest then cost is not an issue.[/p][/quote]Buy a boat for £2k and put it in the marina. it will then cost you £2k a year to keep it their (26ft) approx. Now we could go with your idea and up the fee's, result would be to take the boat out, go elsewhere or not bother owning a boat, that would lead to empty harbour, no income from fee's, deficit in Council Income, and hence put the charges elsewhere, like carparks etc. Boat owners already pay a fair price and good news they are going to hold the price for at least another year. jjlad2
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Get a grip says...

I do not expect boat owners to agree with me any more than a turkey voting for Christmas

I do not believe that the council has actually costed the full costs in relation to running the harbour, if they had then the costs for the recent works would have been allowed for.

We all know that the harbour wall are in need of major works costing millions, now some of this cost must fall to those who use the harbour, boat owners.

Also the facilities have been improved so why not the fees?
I do not expect boat owners to agree with me any more than a turkey voting for Christmas I do not believe that the council has actually costed the full costs in relation to running the harbour, if they had then the costs for the recent works would have been allowed for. We all know that the harbour wall are in need of major works costing millions, now some of this cost must fall to those who use the harbour, boat owners. Also the facilities have been improved so why not the fees? Get a grip
  • Score: -2

7:57pm Mon 6 Jan 14

babs2961 says...

Facilities have improved??? I own a (cheap - less than 1k) boat, moor it in the harbour, and for my money per year (which is more than the cost of the boat) I get a space, use of a hose pipe, and electric - that I have to pay more for. Not everyone that has a boat is rolling in money, this is my 'luxury'' I don't go out drinking, don't smoke, and don't have new cars. I for one am pleased that the fees are the same this year. Don't tar everyone with the same brush. Boats in the harbour mean money for the council, too high and people won't/can't do it, and income falls.
Facilities have improved??? I own a (cheap - less than 1k) boat, moor it in the harbour, and for my money per year (which is more than the cost of the boat) I get a space, use of a hose pipe, and electric - that I have to pay more for. Not everyone that has a boat is rolling in money, this is my 'luxury'' I don't go out drinking, don't smoke, and don't have new cars. I for one am pleased that the fees are the same this year. Don't tar everyone with the same brush. Boats in the harbour mean money for the council, too high and people won't/can't do it, and income falls. babs2961
  • Score: 5

7:45am Tue 7 Jan 14

The Fish says...

Get a grip wrote:
I do not expect boat owners to agree with me any more than a turkey voting for Christmas

I do not believe that the council has actually costed the full costs in relation to running the harbour, if they had then the costs for the recent works would have been allowed for.

We all know that the harbour wall are in need of major works costing millions, now some of this cost must fall to those who use the harbour, boat owners.

Also the facilities have been improved so why not the fees?
If the harbour were allow to run itself as a separate business from the council then I would have to agree with you, but unfortunately (as mentioned before) any surplus of money is fed back to the council to subsidise other areas/projects under council control. Run as a separate business, surplus (profit) could be re-invested back into the harbour and perhaps the council apply a % levy on the surplus so that they get some money in to help the coffers.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: I do not expect boat owners to agree with me any more than a turkey voting for Christmas I do not believe that the council has actually costed the full costs in relation to running the harbour, if they had then the costs for the recent works would have been allowed for. We all know that the harbour wall are in need of major works costing millions, now some of this cost must fall to those who use the harbour, boat owners. Also the facilities have been improved so why not the fees?[/p][/quote]If the harbour were allow to run itself as a separate business from the council then I would have to agree with you, but unfortunately (as mentioned before) any surplus of money is fed back to the council to subsidise other areas/projects under council control. Run as a separate business, surplus (profit) could be re-invested back into the harbour and perhaps the council apply a % levy on the surplus so that they get some money in to help the coffers. The Fish
  • Score: 0

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