Fees and restrictions
ALTHOUGH I DON’T OWN a boat any more I have been following the story regarding continuous mooring/cruising since it began.
First, I cannot understand why the Canal & River Trust is unable to create a bylaw that would prohibit moorings on its property without paying a fee.
When I was boating there were sections of the towpath with moorings available with fees set accordingly to the facilities provided, all other places were free, other private moorings usually had charges and time restrictions. A licence was required for navigation. Moorings in marinas were also available with varying fees.
Wouldn’t a simple solution be for CRT to make selected areas of its property chargeable with no time restrictions as before, with all other moorings on its property free but having time restrictions, say 14 days for most but 48 hours for extremely popular places?
Return would be prohibited to within two miles of said mooring for two weeks. That would keep continuous cruisers cruising with limited stops and continuous moorers at least paying a fair price for permanent moorings.
Also, surely BW, CRT and central Government should have been aware of the housing crisis in cities and sorted this matter before it reached this situation.
MIKE ATHERLEY, via email