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Plans for new moorings on River Cam but fees could be increased

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People living on boats in Cambridge say they're facing a double whammy of less mooring spaces and increased fees from the city council.

There are currently around 70 moorings along the River Cam but that number is set to be reduced. At the same time some owners face having to pay several hundred pounds a year more for their places.

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However Cambridge City council says some of the current moorings aren't safe to use.

Now if councillors approve the proposals, which have come in response to feedback from a public consultation, up to seven new permanent moorings could be developed at Riverside.

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We've been able to come to a compromise and we've been able to allow for seven boats to be moored in an area which is safe for them to get in and out of the boats. The problem was we were concerned that we have a duty of care for people and they were climbing over very high railings to get in and out of boats.

– Richard Robertson, Cambridge City Council

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Charity raises concerns over cost of childcare

  • Interview with Claire Harding from the Family and Childcare Trust by ITV News Anglia's presenter Jonathan Wills

A new report has raised concerns about how much families are spending on looking after children.

The government says it's spending more money than ever on helping to support parents, but not all families are feeling the benefits.

Parents now pay an eye-watering average of £116 per week for a part-time nursery place - over £6,000 every year - more than double what families spend on food and drink in a year, according to new

Research by the Family and Childcare Trust found mums and dads in the East of England working part-time pay just under £106 per week for 25 hours of nursery care for under 2s. The average in England is just over £117.

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