January 17, 2017

Rockland Boat Dyke dredging – extension to closure to 3 February 2017

Note the following from the Broads Authority:

Notice is hereby given that Rockland Boat Dyke and Rockland Staithe will remain closed to navigation until Friday 3 February 2017.

This is an extension to the closure as published in Notice To Mariners No. 6 of 2016. The extension is required to complete essential maintenance dredging of the Staithe.

If there is a specific need for access to Rockland Dyke or Rockland Staithe then please contact Tom Hunter on 01603 756066

January 13, 2017

Haddiscoe New Cut dredging – 13 February 2017 to 31 March 2017

Note the following from the Broads Authority:

Notice is hereby given that dredging operations in Haddiscoe New Cut may restrict passage during week days from Monday 13 February 2017 until Friday 31 March 2017.

During this period the navigation channel will remain open, but dredging will be in operation between 08:00 and 16:00 daily, excluding weekends. During each period of operation delays of up to 2 hours may occur. Mariners must await clear instructions from the dredging crew before attempting to pass.

Outside of the hours of operation a minimum width of 26ft/8.0m will remain past the works equipment for the passage of vessels.

All equipment will be lit and signage will be in place to warn of restriction and delays. Mariners must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the works.

January 4, 2017

Broads Plan 2017 – NSBA response

The Broads Authority are currently reviewing and updating the Broads Plan 2017, first published in early 2016.  This aims to “set out a long term vision for the Broads and guide actions for the benefit of its environment, local communities and visitors.”  Full details can be found on the BA website here.

The NSBA have submitted their response to the latest draft – a copy can be downloaded here.

December 14, 2016

Mutford Lock – Temporary Closure


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We have been given notice by the Broads Authority that Mutford Lock will be closed to navigation for 3 days for essential maintenance work from Monday 9th January until Wednesday 11th January 2017

Any queries, please contact Tom Hunter at the Broads Authority


November 15, 2016

Tolls response from Broads Authority

NSBA recently sent a message to members informing them of the tolls changes proposed for 2017/18 with a list of bullet points highlighting particular areas of concern for private boat owners.  NSBA has received a letter from Professor Jacquie Burgess, chair of the Broads Authority responding to these points.

The content of the letter with annotations by NSBA can be downloaded here.  Officers of NSBA will be meeting with Professor Burgess and Dr Packman next week and look forward to continuing the discussion.

November 8, 2016

Closure of Cockshoot Dyke – from 12 December 2016

Note the following Notice to Mariners from the Broads Authority:

Closure of Cockshoot Dyke 24hr Mooring

Notice is hereby given that Cockshoot Dyke 24hr mooring will be closed to navigation for re-piling and refurbishment work from Monday 12th December 2016 until Friday 31st March 2017.

During this period there will be no public access to the mooring and therefore no access from the mooring to the adjoining boardwalks.

If there is a specific need for access to the mooring or Cockshoot Broad Boardwalk please contact Tom Hunter on 01603 756066.

November 5, 2016

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

The Autumn 2016 newsletter can be downloaded from here: autumn_newsletter_2016

November 4, 2016

Radical Tolls Changes for 2017

The Navigation Committee of the Broads Authority has recently approved a radical change in the structure of tolls for 2017/18.  This follows advice from a 7 member BA Tolls Review Group set up in September 2015.

Whilst the effect on hire boats is modest, many private boat owners will face dramatic changes in the level of their tolls.

  • Almost a third of motor boats face an increase of over 10%
  • Many traditional broads sailing cruisers have an increase of over 20% – some over 50%!

At the same time, very small boats will see large reductions in tolls – around 20% for an Optimist dinghy or a 15’ motor launch.  A calculator with tables setting out the effect on your toll can be found here: private-tolls-2017_18

NSBA are disappointed that the Navigation Committee has chosen an outcome which will adversely affect a large number of private boat owners.   We encourage boat owners to express their views directly to the Broads Authority to reinforce our comments.


Now the quiz:  See which boats the BA are encouraging via their Tolls policy:- One boat has a 16% increase, the other is over 30%

River Cruiser

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Yes – you’ve guessed – the Fairline is 15.8% and the River Cruiser is 30.2%

Click here to see some other examples of new 2017 Toll changes.

November 4, 2016

Rockland Boat Dyke dredging – from 7 November 2016

Note the following from the Broads Authority:

The planned dredging work in Rockland Boat Dyke is due to start slightly ahead of schedule on Monday 7 November 2016. Between Monday 7 November and Sunday 13 November 2016 Rockland Boat Dyke and Rockland Staithe will remain open, but boaters must approach with caution and may experience restricted width and some delay as works barges are manoeuvred.

As published in NTM Notice 06 of 2016 Rockland Boat Dyke and Rockland Staithe will then be closed to navigation between Monday 14 November and Friday 23 December 2016 and also between Monday 9 January and Friday 20 January 2017.

Rockland Broad, The Fleet Dyke and the Short Dyke will remain open to navigation, but mariners should be aware that during the periods of the closures barges will be moving across Rockland Broad and in the Short Dyke.

October 21, 2016

BA Tolls Proposals 2017-18 – Radical changes for Private boat users

NSBA has today issued the following Press Release.  We have also produced our own supporting tables of charges, which can be downloaded here:Private boatsHire boats  For private boats these show the effect of keeping a “fixed and variable” combined rate, rather than the BA proposed “flat” rate toll.

The Navigation Committee of the Broads Authority will consider proposals to make radical changes to tolls at its meeting on 27th October. 

At a time when inflation is around 1%, private boat owners will face dramatic changes in the level of their tolls with some increases of over 50%. Almost a third of motor boats will face an increase of over 10%. This compares with Hire Boats where only 4 motor boats see such a large increase – all of these are diesel generator boats where the electric subsidy has been withdrawn.

57% of private boats will see a change (increase or decrease) in toll of over 10% – equating to over 5,000 boats.

Many traditional broads sailing boats will also face increases of over 20%, some as high as 40%.

At the same time, lower tolls for smaller boats could reduce income from these craft by around £100,000 – a puzzling strategy for an organisation with Navigation income below forecast and concerned about its ability to meet its future spending commitments.

These extreme changes come about because a proposal to adopt a single rate to apply to the boat size to calculate the toll, whilst trying to achieve an overall increase in toll income of 3.3%.

David Talbot, vice-chair of the Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association, commented “whilst we welcome many of the changes, we are disappointed that the oversimplification of the proposed method has led to such extreme variations in tolls for private boats. We urge the Navigation Committee to consider the full impact of the proposals on individual boat owners.  As they stand, we feel that the proposals are neither sufficiently flexible nor fair to our members.”