With the number of boats on London’s canals and rivers growing by 76% since 2012, we are announcing a raft of initiatives that will benefit boaters and help manage the strain placed on the capital’s 200-year old network.
We have produced a London Mooring Strategy in consultation with boaters, boating groups, and local authorities, amongst others. Initiatives include managing the increasing demand for mooring spaces, improving facilities, and fairly balancing the needs of everyone who uses the capital’s waters.
In 2018/19, we will be making the following improvements:
Customer priorities for which we hope to secure funding in future years include:
Matthew Symonds, boating strategy and engagement manager at the Trust, said: "What used to be the capital’s best kept secret has gained popular appeal, and London’s canals are busier than at any time in recent history.
"There are fantastic opportunities for water-based businesses, myriad ways to enjoy leisure time, and they are a place that many people call home. The resulting boom in boat numbers has caused an enormous amount of pressure on what is, after all, a finite space.
"The London Mooring Strategy is the result of our collaborative work with boaters, boating groups, local authorities, developers, and other stakeholders such as rowing groups. There’s been a good level of support for the proposals and, following an extensive consultation, we’ve listened to feedback and made changes as a result. Now we’ll work with boaters and other stakeholders to put the improvements into place and make things better for boaters and sustainable for our canals and rivers."
To develop the London Mooring Strategy, the Trust held various workshops, consultation meetings, and engagement events, as well as conducting a wide-ranging survey of boaters in the London region. These helped shape a comprehensive strategy that identified detailed plans for each different London ‘character area’. In autumn 2017 the Trust conducted an open survey consultation on the proposals. The consultation closed in January 2018 having received over 1,200 responses.
The full report, with a detailed breakdown of the improvements, can be found at: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/londonmooringstrategy