According to Sally Ash, BW is in discussion with the Lea Valley Regional Park regarding a local mooring strategy for the Lee and Stort Navigations, prior to wider public consultation. BW has tabled proposals which the Lea Valley Regional Park is considering. Ms Ash also said that she is talking with boater representatives “about the concept of individuals who are well-informed boaters and members of parish councils” with a view to finding suitable people to chair local mooring strategy steering groups independent of BW which will then go back to BW with proposals. This “concept” would appear to exclude liveaboard boaters from chairing any local mooring strategy steering group – how many people who live on their boats are also elected members of a parish council? However, it should be possible for a liveaboard boater to stand for election to a parish council. Even if you do not have an address, you can register to vote and declare a local connection to the area where you spend most of your time. This will link you to a specific electoral ward, especially if you give a mailing address when you register. Once registered to vote, you are eligible to stand for election in the parish you declared your local connection to.
See our previous article ‘Boaters – use your vote’ and downloadable electoral registration form herehttp://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/wordpress/?p=529