Fees and re­stric­tions

Canal Boat - - Letters -

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

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