Sunday, 24 August 2014

OPINION

I used to feel sorry for the trading boats that were lambasted by the local traders along the Shroppie last year, but now I am seeing it from the village point of view.

Last week this boat arrived:DSCF1469 First off he is taking up more space than he needs by wasting that last twenty five feet of the public mooring, but that is not all. This mooring is barely 100 metres away from Annie’s Tearoom. Well you might say there is nothing illegal in that and you would be right to a point, but the morality of it is wrong.

He has just turned up on spec and opened for business. The people who use this path in the main are Annie’s customers. Annie’s paid for the sign on the main road that brings people down this way. Annie’s have worked hard to make this place what it is today. And this bloke just turns up and takes customers from an existing business.

This boat can offer a cheaper product because his overheads are rock bottom. Annie’s has to pay council tax, rental on the building and the courtyard. There are parking spaces set aside for Annie’s customers (in the rent) which people visiting this floating cafe are using!

This is a hobby boat stealing trade from full time workers. He didn’t moor down by the Jolly Boatman, he didn’t moor up by Shipton bridge no he moored where he could take advantage of the graft that Annies have put in to their business.  He has done nothing to make this area what it is, yet he takes money from other people. He is a moral thief, a parasite feeding off the hard work of others.

Poor show!

11 comments:

Wozie nb Oakfield said...

Agree, not fair to Annie's, but the mooring limit there is 48 hours, isn't it?
Mooring leaving useable 'gaps' is so anoying, especially during the busy holiday season!
This causes other boats to pass by because of these few selfish, inconsiderate boaters!
Have you been kept nice and busy this summer btw?

Debbie said...

From the piccie it looks like his stern is to the bow of the boat behind, leaving the gap in front of him? As he has a very short time limit on the moorings I can't see how this would affect a good business, and surely a bit of competition is a good thing. What about the coal/fuel boats passing by marinas? They offer very competitive priced diesel, we always use them in preference to marinas, do you see that as also stealing trade?

Sue Hunter said...

We've had the same thing in Froncysyllte, most of the summer. Boat setting up most weekends, tables and chairs on the towpath, taking trade from the Community Café - all run completely by volunteers who cut the grass round the canal, plant flowers and tend to numerous hanging baskets. I'm not against people plying a trade on the canals, but this just isn't playing fair.

Maffi said...

Debbie the estimate is that Annie's have lost around £1000 during his stay. All our bills have to be paid despite this! Fuel boats do not moor up next to the fuel pump in a marina. Marinas would never bring me my gas coal and diesel. It is not the same.

Maffi said...

PS the mooring stops 25 feet in front of him to make way for the bridge mooring.

Debbie said...

Wow £1000, I assumed it was there for 48 hours. Based on the takings of a busy exclusive patissiere in central Winchester that's a huge net profit in that time. Am now thinking of starting a cafe boat and visiting Thrupp :)

Maffi said...

You would then be a bigger thief than they are!

Anonymous said...

Is not mooring in Thrupp all summer without a mooring theft as well. Mr Maffi.....

Maffi said...

I wouldn't know I am on a private mooring when I am in Thrupp,

Lisa said...

Last weekend we were moored up and a working boat passed us. Having filled up the previous day with diesel, we called to the working boat that had we have seen him before we would have brought from him. He called back that he would not have served us as he was passing through some one else's turf on his way to get a delivery of coal only. So that working boat was respectful of other traders. Nice to see.
Lisa
NB WaL

Maffi said...

Would that have been Victoria?