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Attempt to cap mooring fee increase fails

Queen Elizabeth the Second Marina
States members voted 18-20 to reject plans to limit the increase to mooring fees

An attempt to limit the increase in mooring fees at Guernsey's harbours has failed.

An increase for boat owners of 17% and 45% - based on the size of the vessel - will begin on 1 April.

The proposal to limit the increase to 10% was lost by 18 votes to 20.

Nick Guillemette the president of Guernsey Boatowners Association said he was "incredibly disappointed" by the decision.

Deputies Jonathan Le Tocq and John Gollop had argued a flat 24.5% increase across the board should be considered as an option by States members.

But their plans were rejected by 11-26 votes.

Boat owner John Falla watched the debate from the public gallery and said: "If the Guernsey way of life is to be preserved, boating needs to be affordable for all."

John Falla smiling
John Falla owns a 11m (36ft) yacht

David Mahoney, former Policy and Resources member, said the States needed to show some financial responsibility.

"This is going to be a long and unproductive 15 months through to the election if this assembly is just going to be driven by what's popular and what isn't."

But former Chief Minister Peter Ferbrache said the States had bigger issues to deal with than boat owners.

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