Increased berthing fees at Moray Council harbours agreed

Increased berthing fees at Moray Council harbours agreed

Boatowners using Moray's harbours will pay more for their berths from April.

Councillors agreed new rates at a meeting today.

Chair of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr John Cowe, said he was glad new charges have been set.

The committee agreed the following charges:

Pontoon berth - £60 per metre rounded up to next metre. This means that a 5.2metre vessel will be charged at 6metre rate.

Harbour wall berth - £50 per metre, rounded up to next metre.

Quayside - £40 per metre rounded up to next metre.

In addition the minimum boat length up to 5 metre was removed. The discount for over-60s will remain for existing boat owners currently in receipt of discount. New berth holders of pensionable age will not receive the discount.

Higher charges will apply once the installation of water/electricity to pontoons and harbours is carried out, but this will only happen if the majority of boat owners elect for the improvements.

All these charges have to be approved by the Full Council on 17 February 2017 before implemented.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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