First it was the Kennet and Avon
Then it was the Lee and Stort
and now…. It’s the South East waterways, the southern Grand Union and the Oxford Canal. Sally Ash is on the rampage again with another ill-thought out multi-layered deceit to appease hire boat company interests.
It is true these proposals will hit weekend boats most but the main issue is the long lengths of 24 and 48 hour moorings to be introduced, 2 or 3 miles in some cases together with the roll out of the £25 a day charges. For example, if these proposals are implemented, it will be impossible to moor anywhere for 14 days in the whole of the Rickmansworth/ Batchworth/ Mill End area of the Grand Union canal.
There is no mechanism outlined to collect the charges and rumour has it that Sally has done a deal with a private company to collect the fines which, of course, will lead to a culture of incentive to fine as much as possible. Enforcement for profit.
Once again Sally Ash has not produced any evidence or statistics to show whether there is a problem or what the problem is. The consultation is so badly worded, inconsistent and with important information missing that boaters in the South east have started this petition against the document and consultation itself. Hire boats will be exempt form these restrictions.
So to the details;
The consultation is here, closing date 1st March, exactly 4 weeks;
The consultation is so badly worded, inconsistent with important information missing that there is a petition against the document and consultation itself here;
Please forward this link to as many people as possible.