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"Hi" all even if you eat at the Hotel or just stop off for afternoon tea it will cost you £5.00 to moor up with no refund and £15.00 for an overnight stop and again no refund even if you have an evening meal there, not sure we will be heading to Wroxham by boat very much now. Wink

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May-09-2016 @ 7:37 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Mike,

I think I might have been inclined to say in a loud voice that I was thinking of eating in the hotel and then ask just as loudly, what their hygiene rating is?

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May-09-2016 @ 9:52 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Mike

I was ar the staithe a couple of weeks ago and  found my self reading the small print put up by the parish to explain the history. To the best of my memory what stood out was that the free moorings were only for small unpowered boats ( a bit like potter ) so you probably should not have stopped.

That said there was no justification in the hotel asking you to pay and it was indeed a rip off.

Have fun

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May-09-2016 @ 10:05 AM                           Permalink
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"Hi" Graham, I except that it is for only unpowered boats and would have been more than happy to move on if some one wanted to moor up but as the space was free we often pull in there to just pick up an ice cream or the odd thing and never had a problem, I just wonder where the £5.00 would have gone if I had paid, I'm sure the parish council have not had any payments made to them for moorings ??? as for the food at the Hotel I must say that we did eat there over the Bank Holiday and found it to be good food but the staff where not very organized as we had four members of staff ask the same thing " is every think okay with your meal "but the service was good, again the meal came to over £80.00 for 4 adults & 2 children and they still added on the £5.00 for the short stay mooring.  Indifferent

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For those unfamiliar with the location, here is a photo (taken today) of the dyke, with the Granary Staithe (and Wroxham Bridge) to the right and Wroxham Hotel to the left. I have taken a close-up of the little sign attached to the fence on the right.

It is very apparent that a boat mooring to the staithe doesn't come into the hotel's charging regime (even if it shouldn't have been there in the first place).

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


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After taking those pics, I wandered over to the River Kitchen Cafe (which is at the back of the hotel's car park, facing the river) to check out their menu. Reading the information on the outside of the building I saw an intriguing notice - see attached photo.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
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I then checked out the parking notices that are displayed at various points in the car park. At first glance, it seemed as if there had been a previous long-standing agreement that users of the car park could use their ticket towards purchases in the hairdressers, the cafe and the boat tour operator, as well as in the hotel. So long-standing that the signs had been made up to promote it.

BUT, looking more closely, that information had been scrawled over in black marker pen. On most of the signs, the black ink was so faded as to be almost invisible. I've attached a photo of the one that has faded the least.

On the ticket machine was a handwritten note - obviously the machine doesn't work.

The Wroxham Hotel clearly isn't trying to make friends - just money (at the expense of the businesses around their car park?)

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
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It is quite a narrow dyke, I wonder if the "small" unpowered is the most important point here, as in anybody mooring there should keep to the left of the centre line, which is impossible for the average powered boat. Then again I guess the same situation would exist if mooring in the dyke fir fee on the hotel side. I know the previous owner of the hotel would often have his Broom in the dyke and it took up most of the width of the dyke.

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As far as the car park notice is concerned, I would have assumed that the black felt tip pen marks were just grafitti. I would be confident had I parked there in innocence that any penalty I incurred would not be supported in law. Not a legal assumption-just mine.

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That the offer to redeem the value of the ticket at one of the other businesses has been withdrawn doesn't actually affect the liability to pay for parking.

What would happen is that you pay for your ticket, go to (for example) the cafe, then get rather annoyed that they won't take the car park fee off your bill. Which is, presumably, why the cafe now has the notice outside its door.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Thanks, I should have read the info better.


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