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We are calling on boaters to give their feedback on our proposals to help make the best possible use of London’s increasingly busy waterspace and improve boaters’ experience of boating in London.
The proposals form the London Mooring Strategy and have been developed by working with boaters and a wide range of stakeholders. They include:
Boaters can take part in the consultation up until 18 December 2017 by completing the consultation survey online or by filling in a paper version of the consultation survey. The survey will be sent to all boaters we have sighted in London over the past year, either by email or letter depending on the contact details we have for them. Anyone who would like to complete the survey can contact the our London customer service team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a number of drop in events during November for people to find out more about the draft strategy: details of these events will be published on the London Mooring Strategy webpage.
Matthew Symonds, our boating strategy and engagement manager said: "Anyone who has visited London’s waterways over the past few years will have noticed how many more boats are on the water. It’s great that the canals are finding new fans, particularly amongst young people, who may well prove to be the waterways’ champions in years ahead. However it means it’s more important than ever that we manage the finite space we have wisely so we can meet the needs of the wide range of boaters who cruise them.
"The London Mooring Strategy pulls together proposals we’ve developed over 18 months working with a wide range of stakeholders, surveying boaters, and physically looking at every inch of the capital’s waterways. It’s been a collaborative effort and the input we’ve had from boaters with local knowledge has been invaluable. We’ve also built some strong relationships with councils, developers and landowners who can enable us to put the proposals into practise.
"London’s waterways are facing a real challenge – that of being almost too popular. This passion for the canals and rivers can be turned into an advantage if boaters, who are often the most passionate about them, work with us to make the capital’s waterways fair and accessible for all."
We have been working with various groups, including our Navigation Advisory Group, the London Waterway Partnership, national boating organisations, individual boaters and other key stakeholders such as local authorities. In March we presented a set of draft proposals to attendees of the Better Relationship Group who have been a ‘boater sounding board’ through the development of the strategy, and then held a series of focus groups with local boaters to refine them.
The development of the London Mooring Strategy is anticipated to be completed by the early 2018.
Further details of the London Mooring Strategy, including the proposals and details of events, can be found at: London Mooring Strategy
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