Harbour to get £800k pontoon berths
AN £800,000 scheme to replace 173 outdated chain moorings at Torquay harbour with new pontoon berths has been agreed.
The Torquay Inner Harbour Pontoon Berthing Project is needed to meet growing demand, a meeting of the full council was told.
Councillors agreed the project be added to the council's capital plan and to borrow £800,000 to pay for it.
Cllr Jeanette Richards told the meeting: "There's a clear demand for pontoon berthing.
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"The harbour committee believes there's a sound business case for this project. It is 173 berthings to replace 173 moorings."
Most boats that use the berths are between six and 10 metres long.
The change will mean an increased yearly charge from £91.07 per metre to £129.95 per metre.
The cash will help pay back the borrowing needed to fund the project.
The new berths are expected to be more popular.
The facility will be owned and managed by the harbour authority on behalf of the council.
Work is not expected to start before the winter and could be delayed until next year.