Freeze harbour fees - plea

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Freeze harbour fees - plea thumbnailCommercial boat operators Paul Graham, Charlie Adjey and Mark Kelly pictured at Portrush Harbour on Friday.

A NEW organisation, launched to represent the North Coast's commercial boat operators, has called for harbour fees to be frozen after The Chronicle exclusively revealed council proposals to double charges.
In last week's paper we informed readers how furious fishermen in Portrush and Portstewart had vowed to fight the proposals.
However Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has stressed that no definite decision had been made and would be "informed by the consultation responses."
Portrush Commercial Fishermen's Association Chairman David Mulligan said his members were "extremely concerned and upset" about the proposed fees and would "vehemently oppose them."
The proposals have also been blasted by the recently formed North Coast Commercial Boat Operators Association, formerly known as the Charter Boat Working Group.
In correspondence to Council, Secretary Charlie Adjey branded the proposed charges "ridiculously complicated."
He added: "Having calculated the new fees do you feel that you are fair minded enough to adjudicate our responses? This would normally be done by a third party and the independent results forwarded to you.
“For simplicity and fairness all mooring fees should be calculated on an annual basis, not six months or 12 months.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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