The first meeting of the Local Mooring Strategy steering group for the western Kennet and Avon took place on 26 August in County Hall, Trowbridge. As you will see from the documents below which BW circulated before the meeting, most of the changes that BW want to make, that will have a big impact on our lives, will not be up for discussion in the local mooring strategy. Instead, they are in the new policies for mooring on all of BW’s waterways which BW have drawn up following the consultations and intend to finalise by 13 September. They will affect you wherever you are on BW’s waterways.
These new policies include the following:
- charges for overstaying longer than 14 days
- the imposition of ‘no return within’ time limits
- a so-called transient mooring permit to remain within a limited geographic area, costing more than a BW mooring
The local mooring strategy steering group has been given the task (among others) of defining what is a ‘neighbourhood’ on the K&A so that it can define how far a boat without a mooring should move to comply with the Mooring Guidance for Continuous Cruisers.
Needless to say, we think that all of the above proposals are unlawful because they conflict with Section 17 (3) (c) ii of the 1995 British Waterways Act or are beyond what the Act requires boats without moorings to do. Read these documents carefully, because we all need to know what we’re up against. Send your comments to
The policy documents are here: