11:04AM, Friday 04 March 2016
Small boats are being ‘turfed out’ in favour of ‘ostentatious’ craft at Windsor’s Racecourse Marina, according to one boat owner.
Trevor Clapp’s family have moored their boat ‘Tresha’ at the marina since 1976, when his parents bought it.
Yesterday (Thursday), he received a letter from site owners Tingdene Marina Ltd informing them their mooring agreement would not be renewed. They must move their boat from the marina in Maidenhead Road by Thursday, March 31, when the current agreement ends.
The 54-year-old, from Farnham Common, said the family pays about £3,000 a year to moor the boat at the marina.
Trevor added: “There is a lot of space here at the moment. What they are trying to do is keep the great big ostentatious boats.
“Basically what is happening is they are making a selective choice about the type of boat they want in the marina.
“They have selected boats they don’t want to have and when the annual agreement ends they are going to turf us out.”
The family still take holidays on the boat, together with Trevor’s parents Malcolm, 84, and Glennis, 80.
“The fact we have been here since 1976 doesn’t count for anything. It’s like ‘sod the little people’,” he said.
“I am surprised it can happen so quickly.”
Trevor believes about 15 other boat owners received the same letter informing them their agreement will not be renewed.
In October, holiday caravan owners were also told they would be evicted from the site so Tingdene Park Ltd could ‘upgrade and modernise the park’.
Plans were approved in December by the Royal Borough to replace 51 caravans with 39 ‘up-market’ timber lodges. Many caravan owners face the prospect of having to sell their holiday homes for a fraction of their original value.
A Tingdene spokesman told the Express the boats were not being evicted but their annual mooring agreement was not being renewed.
He said this was ‘a private matter’ between the company and boat owners and he did not wish to comment any further.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.
Further details have been revealed over how many trains will be running in Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead during planned rail strikes later this month.