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London pre-pay moorings; CRT presses for Bridge­wa­ter deal; EA rivers trans­fer by 2019?; one-stop on­line shop for boaters; win­ter works

A TRIAL OF paid-for book-ahead moorings is to be launched in London be­fore the end of this year. The move fol­lows a sur­vey which in­di­cated that 60 per­cent of boaters want­ing to visit London would be pre­pared to pay for a pre-book­able vis­i­tor mooring, and that five-sixths of boaters who stayed away from the cap­i­tal did so be­cause of wor­ries about lack of mooring space.

This is one of a num­ber of ac­tions tak­ing place as part of the London Mooring Strat­egy, be­ing de­vel­oped in re­sponse to pres­sure on space fol­low­ing the ar­rival of 1,300 more boats in London in the last four years.

The strat­egy aims to cover all types of mooring and a wide range of is­sues:

Gen­eral tow­path moorings:

Iden­ti­fy­ing gaps in ser­vices ‘Moora­bil­ity’ is­sues (such as lack of rings or any­where to knock pins in)

Long-term moorings:

As­sess­ing de­mand and prices that boaters will pay Iden­ti­fy­ing pos­si­ble new lo­ca­tions Short-term vis­i­tor moorings: ‘Green zone’ plans with Is­ling­ton Coun­cil for berths with elec­tric charg­ing

Pre-book­able moorings:

A trial launched late this year us­ing on­line book­ing A sur­vey which in­di­cated boaters would pay £10 to £15 per night

Busi­ness moorings:

Op­por­tu­ni­ties iden­ti­fied in Padding­ton, Lit­tle Venice and Dock­lands Pos­si­ble ‘pop up’ sites Win­ter moorings: A wider range of prices New sites Sites iden­ti­fied as mooring op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude Hayes, Southall, the Slough Arm, Old Oak Park, the Lime­house Cut and the Lee Val­ley in­clud­ing the Merid­ian Water hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Ed­mon­ton.

De­tailed pro­pos­als are ex­pected by the first quar­ter of 2017, with the tar­get of fi­nal­is­ing the Strat­egy by the end of the year.

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