The High Court has found against Ipswich Borough Council and the Ipswich Port Authority in the dual-charging case on the River Orwell

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 were 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.

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