Anger over hike in har­bour fees

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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.

CHANGES AHEAD: A new taxi rank has been pro­posed, which would be out­side the Tilted Wig on Union Street.

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