During a recent meeting of those of us interested in these issues an interesting point came up.
There’s some interesting comments starting to come in on this topic.
We have extensively trashed the mooring proposals, essentially on the grounds that they are imposed with the unspoken agenda, unspoken except by Sally “Whoops” Eichmann, to reduce the number of liveaboards on the Western Kennet and Avon.
However, as the people who know what goes on down here we do recognise that it is a Good Idea to restrict mooring at wharves and popular visitor attractions to those needing wharfage and visiting leisure boats or holiday makers who may not be experienced in mooring.
We can point to those visitor moorings that function in this respect; Bath Top Lock, Darlington Wharf, Bathampton Wharf and by the George etc. We can also point to those nepotic restrictions such as the one outside Councillor Dewey’s house in Bathampton or the stretch at Dundas that serve no purpose other than to attempt to keep certain canalside residents free from having to look at those horrible boats.
These are generally ‘enforced’ by the £25 per day and £50 per day charge warnings but over the last few years these have lost their teeth because the reality is that they are unlawful and unenforceable. This has led to more and more boaters squatting those moorings because they don’t have to walk far to the car or other such lazy excuses – and we all know who they are.
So, given that it is a good idea to give and take a little and recognise that we are not the only users of the canal what do you suggest?
We are shortly to announce a number of meetings to discuss our approach to the consultations and it would be really good to put forward some positive proposals in the responses.