The way private boaters have been treated this year is nothing short of an embarrassment.When you consider the percentage of funding that comes to the Broads Authority from private boaters alone, I would consider an apology from the Broads Authority is very overdue.
Certain boatyards and marinas have completely blocked access to people's boats and have quite literally taken the law into their own hands.
The problem stems from people mistaking guidance for regulations.
There have never been any regulations that stipulate people being forbidden access to check on their boats. In addition, there have never been any regulations that prevent people from accessing their boats at any time of day or night.
The initial lockdown was plain and simple and in black and white.
No unessential journeys!
If a boat requires attention?...which they do, then that is essential. That is not a loophole.
Being denied access is just wrong.
The second lockdown saw the hire boats being permitted to finish their holidays afloat whilst private boaters were in places locked out of their marinas where their boats were kept.
Whilst all along the Broads Authority sends out confusing statements which are generally interpreted as regulations, however, they are quite simply guidance.
Private boaters received no concessions whatsoever through this lockdown #1 and #2 and were treated like second-class boaters by the Broads Authority whilst all attention, relief, priority, concessions, and support was focused on the hire boat industry.
The whole cock-up has left most boaters completely confused, paranoid, and anxious as to whether they are even allowed to go out in their boats.
The year 2020 has been a confusing one for everyone from school kids to pensioners, however, the Broads Authority has proven itself this year to be totally out of synchronisation with current affairs and regulations and more importantly totally indifferent to private boaters.
When you consider the percentage of funding that comes to the Broads Authority from private boaters alone, I would consider an apology from the Broads Authority is very overdue.
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