Proposed Marine Conservation Zones – Norris to Ryde - Part 3.
This is the third and final part of the submission containing the conclusions.
1. The effect of an MCZ if it results in restrictions in leisure sailing/motor/ rowing/kayaking activity will close down RVYC and have a serious impact on the Island economy as well as denying many local residents particularly children and the disadvantaged and disabled the opportunity to get out on the water safely at minimum cost, as a RYA training establishment.
2. Aside from the possibly disastrous effect on RVYC any restrictions on leisure activity in the area Norris to Ryde would have one of two effects on others who use the area – either they will take their custom elsewhere with subsequent loss to the local economy or they will give up their activity with subsequent reduction in quality of life. or they will struggle on attempting to avoid the restricted areas for their activity. This will result in increased interference with commercial shipping and increased business for the RNLI as small boats will be operating outside their inshore comfort zone resulting in increased emergencies and rescue costs with occasional loss of life.
Estimate of costs to Island economy per annum if RVYC put out of business: RVYC Annual Turnover including catering £260,000. I stress this is only the direct loss to the economy from loss of RVYC. Indirect costs such as those from the championship spend above need to be added. £7600 + £4500 pa average. Plus costs paid direct by members for work done on vessels etc and purchases from chandleries etc. estimate 350 boats at £550 per boat average. £192,500
A conservative figure for the total contribution to the Island economy from RVYC related activities £399,600. To this must be added provision of a community centre/village hall if RVYC put out of business £500,000 capital ie pa assuming a mortgage to build it £35000 plus £45000 per annum maintenance/running costs.
Grand total: £544600 per annum. Plus social security burden of £60,000 pa for loss of 6 fte posts. No attempt has been made to cost the indirect unemployment cost to the social security budget from the loss of expenditure of £399600 outside the club but it must be significant.
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