Storm Dennis raises questions about the future of Cardiff Boat Tours.

Boat companies in Cardiff are uncertain about their future after floods from Storm Dennis caused damage to most of the berths along the River Taff.

There are currently no boat tours running in the city.

Companies running the service are uncertain about their future, as they have to face a wave of cancellations from the customers that have already reserved their boat trips.

All boats docked along the River Taff now have to be docked somewhere else. The boat service providers are not allowed to enter Cardiff Bay’s berths either, as it has also suffered damage due to the strong waves and floating objects hitting them.

Danny Rees from the Cardiff Boat company said that although his boat did not get damaged by the Storm, he cannot run it due to the damage to the berths.

Cardiff, Wales. 25 February 2020. Danny Rees who runs the Cardiff Boat water taxi says that due to the storm all the boats are been parked in Penarth and the business has been affected by the storm.

Despite not being able to dock in the berths, Danny still has to pay the council fees for their use. He said “They can’t even be approached now, it’s dodgy and yet I have to pay.”

His boat is now docked in Penarth, he hopes to return to his service as soon as possible, however, the Cardiff Council has not provided a particular solution yet.

Rees says that his hands are tied as the berths are the property of the Council.

Rees and his wife also took part in the cleaning of Bute park and the Council charged everyone for parking. He said ‘’They charged me 15 pounds for parking on the day we all came to help, I suggest the council provides this money to the people who have lost their homes’’

There is no exact solution to this issue at the moment, as Cardiff Council did not provide information on when they will be prepared.

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