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The pontoon mooring behind Beccles swimming pool used to have room for 15 visiting boats but now Waveney District Council has decided to offer two thirds of the spaces as year long lets. So far the Council has successfully rented five mooring for £500 each including two to owners living on their boats which I thought was being discouraged. This means that the moorings which were available to casual moorers will no longer be available.
The pontoon is now being used for stern on mooring but I can recall when boats moored there along side to get water and visit the town. There is general disapproval of the move to make this into permanent moorings with the exception of 3/4 spaces (stern on spaces). This pontoon came into its own regularly as a stop off if the height under the bridge was not enough to get through at Beccles old bridge. These 3/4 spaces will only be there if the folks permanently moored there correctly.
Thanks for piccy - have been reading in the Beccles local paper that Waveney District Council did not realise that they had to seek permission of the Broads Authority before renting out the moorings. So I wonder what the outcome will be.
Jimbo, yes I was thinking of the same place. When we were there last year there was no stern-on mooring going on & no signs telling you to do so, hence my confusion at how much space there was there. From memory there's enough width of river there for stern-on so I think stern-on is reasonable.