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MK calls for Plymouth City Council to re-consider mooring charges hike as cross tamar dispute continues
Mebyon Kernow – the Party For Cornwall has written to Plymouth City Council to urge the authority to re-consider the massive increase in mooring charges for the River Tamar as the cross border dispute intensifies.

In the letter, the deputy leader of the party, and Callington’s Cornwall Councillor, Andrew Long urged a re-think.

“It is not acceptable in these times when, despite central government’s promise that ‘things are getting better’ that you consider imposing a 250% increase on people who cannot go anywhere else.  These waters are not in the ownership of Plymouth City Council but are, by statute, Cornish waters up to the mean high tide on the eastern bank and so it is questionable that you can legally impose these mooring charges but taking that aside, where is the consultation with Cornwall Council, Saltash Town Council and, even more importantly, the boat owners who are going to be so badly affected by this savage increase?” said Cllr Long in the letter.

“We urge you, even at this late stage, to reconsider this draconian action and sit down with the river users to come to a compromise.  Plymouth and Cornwall have enjoyed excellent relationships in the past and it is these measures that create division and mistrust and cannot continue.” he added.

Plymouth City Council will be increasing annual tidal moorings from £95 to £230 while deep water moorings will increase from £193 to £360 from the new financial year.
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Published on 29th February 2016.

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