Council cancels charge for model boat group

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A MODEL boat group will not be charged to use Canoe Lake during events.

Portsmouth City Council had been planning to charge the Portsmouth Model Boat Display team £172 to put displays on at the lake.

But councillor Lynda Symes, executive member for culture, leisure and sport, said the charge has now been cancelled.

‘I think they are a wonderful group, they give great benefits to the community,’ she said.

‘They stage a show which actually costs them money at Canoe Lake which loads of people enjoy.

‘Why would we want to charge them?

‘It’s something I wasn’t aware of and I just don’t think it’s fair.’

To find out more about the group, please visit pmbdt.co.uk.