Harbour charges to be debated by council

Council-run harbour charges are set to increase

Council-run harbour charges are set to increase

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Councillors will this week be asked to approve an increase in rates and dues at Aberdeenshire Council harbours.

Officers have recommended a baseline increase of 3.5% for the coming financial year.

Typical examples of the increases proposed for vessels are 6-month fee for a 7m traditional berth at Rosehearty increases by £4.40 to £130.19 while a 12-month fee for an 8m serviced pontoon berth in Banff Harbour Marina increases by £36.39 to £1,075.58

The weekly rate for a typical commercial fishing vessel (17 – 22m length overall) laid up at Macduff Harbour increases by £2.48 to £73.54

Increases would not apply to percentage fees or to “one-off” single payments such as leisure slipway fees or season tickets.

Members of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee will be asked to agree the general increase at a meeting in Aberdeen on Thursday.