We are making changes to four visitor mooring sites in central London to help make sure the limited space is shared fairly between visiting boats and those who make the capital their home. The plan, which is being put in place in August, was worked on with the Better Relationship Group and benefits from feedback from boaters.
Anyone who’s been boating in London recently will have experienced first-hand just how much busier it’s become. Sorwar Ahmed, London boater liaison manager
The Trust looked at four sites that are popular with visitors and locals, and can get busy: Victoria Park, Broadway Market, Little Venice and Kensal Green. In recent months the Trust has also looked at visitor moorings at Islington and in Paddington Basin.
The Trust will be updating the signage at all the sites, including details of the stay times, a clear description of the location and the post-code and grid reference in case of emergencies. We are also investigating the options for rolling out the Volunteer Caretaker Boater scheme and providing a reserved berth at each visitor mooring to help manage the sites and provide information and advice to boaters.
Sorwar Ahmed, London boater liaison manager at Canal & River Trust, said: “Anyone who’s been boating in London recently will have experienced first-hand just how much busier it’s become. While space at visitor moorings and on the towpath is often available, boaters tell us that they have difficulty finding space to moor, and some people avoid the capital completely because of the congestion. While we’ll never be able to solve all these problems – the waterways are, after all, a finite space – I hope these changes will make it easier for more boaters to moor up at some of our most popular spots. I’m grateful to the help and advice we’ve received from the Better Relationship Group and other boaters whose feedback has shaped the plans.”
The plans were developed with the Better Relationships Group, which was set up with boating groups to help improve communications and engage boaters, in particular, in developing local policy. Once the plans were drafted, the Trust emailed a survey to boaters in London asking for views, and hosted a number of pop-up towpath meetings to discuss the proposed changes. The feedback has been incorporated into the final plans. More information on the consultation can be found here