Boat pump-out back in action

Boaters can once again take advantage of the sanitation point and boat pump-out on the River Nene in March.

The facility has just re-opened, nine months after it was forced to close when the old pump failed. Fenland District Council has since invested £25,000 to get it up and running again.

It offers boaters free chemical toilet disposal, boat tank flush, drinking water and boat-hold refuse collection.

Access to the sluice room and drinking water is via the standard Middle Level Commissioners’ key, which boaters can buy by phoning 01354 653232. 

The boat pump-out is now token-operated. A single token costs £12.50, which provides 15 minutes of pumping time. Tokens can be bought from the Fenland @ your service shop in Broad Street or from the George Campbell leisure centre.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, chairman of the Fenland Tourism Board, said: “The discussions we have had with local boaters and boating organisations showed the value of providing these facilities.

“They will encourage people to stop off in March and spend more time and money there, doing some shopping or having a meal out. That’ll help the local economy.

“At the same time it may well help to prevent pollution on the river from people dumping their waste overboard.”