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26 July 2001, 10:49 am
High Court Appeal Goes in Favour of River Orwell Yachtsmen
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Results Of British High Court Appeal

The results of the appeal could have implications for the rest of Great Britain where boat owners have been charged for both rent and licence fees to moor their boats.

At the conclusion of a three-day appeal at the High Court, Justices Gibson, Chadwick and Kay concluded that Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) and the Ipswich Port Authority (IPA) did not have the right to dually charge for rent and licence fees on the river Orwell.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) legal team who attended the hearing throughout in support of the two yachtsmen Mr Duke and Mr Moor where pleased with the outcome. The consequences of this case could well be that mooring holders on the river Orwell can reclaim the overpayment mooring rents dating back to 1992. A further implication could see other situations around the UK where dual charging has been taking place being looked at. Mr Duke thanked the RYA for their support in the appeal hearing.

Jon Challis/News Editor
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