Visitor mooring fees at Windsor have been doubled.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council has increased the fee from £4 to £8 for 24 hours or part thereof.

The new charges apply for the popular stretch of  riverbank  betwen Windsor Bridge and the town’s leisure centre not far from Dorney Lake, venue for the Olympic rowing and kayaking events. The council says it is still good value

Its head of community services Councillor Simon Dudley said: “The council is committed to maintaining competitive, value for money prices for the leisure services used by our residents and visitors.

“The price for council moorings in Windsor had been pegged at £4 for a number of years and, as part of our detailed review of fees and charges for 2012/13, it was agreed that the price should increase to better reflect the cost to the council in maintenance and upkeep.

“We believe that £8 is a very fair price for mooring in such a prestigious and popular location.”

The Association of Thames Yacht Clubs is canvassing the opinion of members.

But expressing a personal opinion its chairman Michael Shefras said: “There can be no case for a 100% increase.

"Boats who moor in Windsor just take bank space.   Windsor do not provide mooring bollards or mooring posts.    There are no facilities and in many cases no disposal of rubbish.

“It is understood that Windsor does need to have funds to police the moorings to avoid [them] being taken up by those who just seek cheap moorings but until they are managed like those in similar towns in Holland there can be no reason to profiteer in this way.  

"People who moor spend money in the town and they shouldn’t be scared off.”