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Mooring Fees

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual rate of increase has been in fees charged by the Environment Agency for mooring boats on the waters for which they are responsible in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what increases are proposed; what discussions he has had with the agency regarding the reasons for these increases; and if he will make a statement. (94149)

The Environment Agency currently let out a variety of moorings to boaters across their waterways. The charges and charging regimes vary from region to region in accordance with their historic governance. The agency is proposing increases in navigation charges of seven per cent plus the cost reflective index, which, based on this past year, is 5 per cent. This formula will be applied for three years starting in 2007-08. Increases in mooring rates vary between waterways across the agency’s regions. As an illustration, the charging structure for moorings on the Thames has increased in line with other navigation charges (such as boat registration) over the last five years, as set out as follows:

Charging rates for moorings on the Thames

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Class 1 powered craft (per m/per month) (£)

9.62

9.87

10.28

10.84

11.59

Class 2 powered craft (per m/per month) (£)

6.57

6.74

7.02

7.40

7.91

Towpath moorings (per m/per month) (£)

9.77

10.03

10.45

11.01

11.77

Open craft (per year) (£)

69.79

71.61

74.61

78.64

84.07

Percentage increase

2.4

2.6

4.2

5.4

6.9

Defra and agency officials hold regular liaison meetings where navigation issues are discussed. This includes proposed charging arrangements. However, the agency does not require ministerial permission to increase its navigation charges.