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Parking ticket machine on Broads mooring causes stir amongst boaters

PUBLISHED: 09:02 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 29 October 2017

A parking ticket machine erected on a mooring site opposite the Ferry Inn in Horning has caused a stir amongst Broads boaters.

The machine was erected last month and anyone using the mooring is required to pay £5 for the day or £10 to overnight.

James Knight, a director of Ferry Marina, the company which erected the ticket machine, defended their actions after some people criticised the move on social media.

He said the site was originally leased to the Broads Authority which offered it as a free 24-hour mooring but after the lease came to an end, the Ferry Inn took over.

“When that fell through Ferry Marina took over the lease and as tenant decided to start charging people to moor there.

“We have to pay a market rent to the landowner for the moorings and maintain them.”

He said the ticket machine was an experiment “to see if it works or not”.

“We believe £10 for the night is fair and reasonable and if people want to use the moorings and are prepared to pay for it then we’ll continue.

“It’s not a lot of money to moor your boat, and hopefully most people will be honest enough to pay it so that we can continue to provide the moorings and they can continue to use them.”

The Broads Authority said it had not been aware of the ticket machine until pictures were posted on Facebook.

A spokesman said: “It is likely that an installation like this would require planning permission so planning officers will have to investigate to establish if a retrospective planning application needs to be made.”

Facebook user Clive Windle said only the police and local council could enforce parking tickets. He said the ticket machine was illegal and “should be ignored”.

But Louise Brooke questioned why it was problem. “If it’s privately owned the owner has to maintain the banking and key heading, why should people get it for free with the wear and tear they are causing, people are willing to pay the ferry to moor so why not here?”

Dave Scragg, who run’s the ferry across the River Bure at the Ferry Inn said he had not heard many complaints about the ticket machine. “We get a lot of boaters mooring up in the area and I always point them in the direction of the machine. I haven’t heard too many complaints other than what’s on social media. But lets face it, it does cost money to maintain a mooring.”

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