Appeal for assistance to keep Horning Foot Ferry afloat
PUBLISHED: 08:05 09 October 2017
The Horning Foot Ferry faces an uncertain future after it was revealed the engine needs a costly overhaul or to be completely replaced.
Operator Dave Scragg said the ferry had been running across the River Bure in one form or another for centuries taking holiday makers and locals from Horning to Woodbastick Staithe.
He said: “In the last 20 years its history has been somewhat chequered and there have been years when it hasn’t operated. “I took it on this year and have realised how important this service is to the community and holidaymakers alike and how it could do much more for the area as a “water taxi”.”
Mr Scragg, 62, said the ferry was not run for profit and all money made went back into fuel and maintenance.
Prices are £1 per person per trip, cycles 50p and dogs are free.
However, the ferry’s Lister-Petter diesel engine dating back to 1993 is becoming increasingly unreliable.
Mr Scragg said money had been given by a local community fund to pay the toll required by the Broads Authority.
“Now, we need money to repair or replace the engine on the ferry, as it’s becoming unreliable and worn out. Woodwork also needs replacing and money for extra insurance is needed.”
A crowdfunding campaign has been started with the hope of raising a minimum of £2,500 which would go towards the purchase of an engine and its installation.
“Repairs have been done in the past on the cheap but it’s now come to the time where its needs to be overhauled or replaced with a good secondhand engine,” said Mr Scragg.
“Ideally we’d like to replace it with something quieter, more environmentally friendly and more economical to run.”
Mr Scragg and his partner Linda refurbished the old ship’s lifeboat known as ‘Stanley Arthur11’ earlier this year, giving her a repaint, and arranging seating for up to 12 passengers.
They also organised facilities for dogs, children and cycles.
The ferry operates a regular service seven days a week during the summer season and saves cyclists a long trek of up to 14 miles via Wroxham Bridge and Salhouse.
“If we don’t get this sorted out soon, the engine will become more unreliable,” he said.
Anyone wanting to help can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org