Cambrian News photographer - Boat owners using harbours in Ceredigion, including Aberaeron, will now face a 21 per cent hike in fees

HARBOUR fees in Aberaeron, New Quay and Aberystwyth will rise by 21 per cent instead of the 25 per cent increase originally proposed by the council.

The Cambrian News reported “Despite angry opposition from harbour users to the inflation-busting increase proposed, Ceredigion council Cabinet members backed a slightly lower increase after it emerged that a recharge from a council department had been overstated in initial documents meaning an overspend in the council’s harbour budget was lower than initially believed.

But the dispute between harbour users and the council has led the council’s thriving communities scrutiny committee to launch a task and finish group into the county’s harbours.

The biggest impact in terms of the 21 per cent increase in mooring fees at the harbour will be in Aberaeron and New Quay, with Aberystwyth only having a limited number of council-operated mooring places, alongside the private marina.

A decision by the council’s Cabinet to agree a 25 per cent mooring fee increase had been called-in by councillors unhappy at the huge increase.

While the scrutiny committee asked for a percentage increase similar to those being imposed on commercial and fishing boats, it also proposed removing parking permits from people with moorings.

However, Cllr Ray Quant, the technical services Cabinet member, said he was proposing a reduced fee increase of 21 per cent after checks of figures initially provided showed that a departmental recharge of £30,000 was incorrect, and said that parking permits should be continued to be issued until the task and finish group has completed its study of the harbours” here.

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