East Cambs District Council owned moorings on the River Great Ouse, Ely
East Cambridgeshire District Council has been exploring the options for effectively managing its moorings on the River Great Ouse in Ely and as a result, a new mooring management scheme was launched on 7 September 2015. The Frequently Asked Questions below set out how the scheme will work:
Why does the Council need to manage its moorings?
East Cambridgeshire District Council owns land and moorings along the River Great Ouse in Ely. These visitor moorings have been very popular for many of years and a recent survey carried out by the Council suggests there are boaters who are unable to visit Ely as the moorings are frequently full – particularly during the boating season.
The Council would like to encourage more boaters to visit Ely and ensure that moorings are available when boaters arrive. The consultation results suggested that visitor moorings which were free of charge for 48 hours, and specified a ‘no-return’ period for 48 hours would be the most appropriate duration. This balances the need for a regular turnover of boaters, while allowing an adequate length of stay for boaters to enjoy the facilities and visitor attractions Ely has to offer.
How is the Council going to manage its moorings?
Some boaters may remember the Council used to enforce its 48 hour (no return for 48 hour) visitor moorings through a Mooring Bye-law. Regrettably the Council was unable to continue with this approach and after a great deal of consultation and exploration of other potential mooring management solutions, the District Council concluded that the most effective method of managing the moorings would be to enforce them using contract law.
The terms of the contract to moor will be set out on signs along the length of the Council’s moorings. Any boater choosing to moor, anchor or remain stationary at the moorings in effect agrees to the contractual terms set out on the sign. If any of the terms are breached, a charge of £100 is payable (a further £100 charge is payable for every 24 hour period that the charge is breached). This is reduced to £70 if the charge is paid within 14 days of the Mooring Charge Notice being issued. If the mooring charge is not paid within 28 days, the Council will commence debt recovery action (including court action) which will incur further costs.
We are sure the vast majority of boaters will continue to moor responsibly considering the needs of other river users, and the new scheme will encourage boaters to plan their stay along the river network in advance.
What are the contractual terms that I am agreeing to if I moor my vessel at the Councils moorings?
The contractual terms will be set out on signage along the length of the Council’s moorings between Annesdale and Willow Walk, Ely.
The contractual terms you are agreeing to are:
- you will pay a mooring charge if your vessel remains at the moorings for longer than 48 hours
- you will pay a mooring charge where the vessel returns to the Councils moorings within 48 hours of leaving irrespective of the length of the original stay.
You are also accepting that camera equipment is in use on this site to record activity and that in the event of a chargeable incident being recorded the Council may request the registered owner’s details from the relevant Navigation Authority.
What part of the River Great Ouse does the Council’s Mooring Management scheme cover?
If the length of your stay exceeds 48 hours you will be issued with a Mooring Charge Notice (MCN). Details about how to pay a Mooring Charge Notice are on the MCN itself.
- Director, Commercial, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, ELY, Cambs, CB7 4EE.
Appeals against a Mooring Charge Notice should be made no later than 14 days from the date on which the Mooring Charge Notice was issued, and supported with evidence. Decisions are made in writing within 10 working days. Unsuccessful appeals received by East Cambs District Council within 14 days will be granted a further 14 days to pay the reduced charge of £70.00.
When did the new mooring management scheme start?
The map below llustrates the extent of the councils moorings, to which the mooring management scheme applies: