Anger over hike in harbour fees
BOAT owners are being urged to withhold fees at North-east harbours in protest at a 20% price hike.
Angry owners say the increase on berthing fees by Moray Council is unfair, and are calling for a rethink.
However, the authority said it was too late for a protest as the price had already been approved by councillors.
The row with the 3 harbours committee, which represents the interests of the harbours at Cullen, Portknockie and Findochty, could hit the council’s tight finances.
Committee chairman Malcolm Watt, 63, of Reidhaven Street, Cullen, is urging harbour users to hold back from renewing their annual berthing contracts until the council agrees to withdraw the increase.
He has written to the council demanding a rethink.
He said: “We are not preaching anarchy, but we do want an answer and an explanation. A 20% price hike is grossly unfair.”
A Moray Council spokesman confirmed the letter had been received from the committee and said a response would be sent out soon.
He added the proposal to increase fees was part of an extensive public consultation exercise and any representations would have been taken into consideration by elected members.
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