The EA consultation on navigation charges for 2019-21 closed yesterday. The TMBA submitted a formal response on behalf of its members and we await the outcome with interest.
The consultation itself raised several issues which we intend to pursue, not least how it was promulgated and the the form and value of many of the questions.
As we have stated previously, members of the TMBA are happy to pay reasonable charges for their enjoyment of a much valued navigational resource and understand the need to address the major shortfall in funding. However, we are not happy that we are being asked to support significant, above inflation, increases when many craft on the waterway are evading the payment of registration fees and many other current opportunities for revenue collection are not being diligently pursued.