AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-friendly fleet of electric motor boats has been tried and tested ahead of its introduction on the River Avon.
Stratford District Council’s Licensing Team recently tried out the prototype of the fleet from Avon Boating which will be licensed for hire next year.
It is hoped the more eco-friendly boats will prove to be a hit with visitors wishing to take a trip of the River Avon.
Nick Birch from Avon Boating – the town’s oldest business – said: “The new electric powered boats are much quieter and very stable, so they are great from a noise and public safety perspective.
“Gradually changing our fleet to a more environmentally friendly electric version, instead of the existing petrol motors is going to be a huge benefit to the flora and fauna of the area.”
The boat hire business started hiring boats in the Victorian era and is a popular staple among tourists. Along with motor boats, rowing boats, punts and canoes, it also operates a fleet of wooden passenger boats listed in the National Register of Historic Vessels.
District councillor Anne Parry added: “People love to come to Stratford and enjoy our green spaces and a trip on the river. Nick and the team have shown great initiative by moving to a more environmentally friendly fleet.
“It’s great to see our licensing team working with Avon Boating and encouraging this business in making greener choices for their future. This is another small step towards the larger picture of addressing climate change in our area.”