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Hylander, the reason that the moorings at Aldeby (and Woodbastwick and Perci's Island) have been lost is because the respective landowners increased the cost of the leases to a figure above what the BA can pay.
Not everything is the BA's fault.
"..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)
Not handed over. If the lease comes to an end - and a new one is priced way too high - then the land owner takes the mooring back. Not in the BAs control. They could of course pay all the extortionate amounts and raise the tolls to cover the costs!!!
The BA have to take a stand. If the mooring leases are beyond market rates they should let them go. A total pain for us boaters but as with every public sector body / Quango everyone sees them as a cash cow that can be milked mercilessly. There has been enough fuss about this years tolls...anyone fancy a further 10 to 20 percent increase to fund overpriced leases?
Its not about whether the BA can or cannot pay but as with all things, the BA MUST take advice on what is value or not, otherwise technically the toll payers could, or would be mightily aggrieved!
Of course if it ever got out that the BA were going to pay over the market rate, the queue would reach half way round the Broads of already wealthy landowners keen to make an honest crust!! Doesnt always work though - see the Woodbastwick moorings which did not go quite to plan - except for the landowner!!!
I suspect the issue at Aldeby may have been related to that very large sheet piling which at some stage would be pretty pricey to replace.