Threat to Lime­house moor­ings

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LON­DON BOATERS and boat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions are con­cerned that the free vis­i­tor moor­ings in Lime­house Basin, used by boaters wait­ing to make pas­sages on the ti­dal Thames, are un­der threat of re­place­ment with pon­toon berths for which a fee will be charged.

The moor­ing space is owned by the Canal & River Trust’s mari­nas sub­sidiary Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways Mari­nas Ltd, which op­er­ates the ma­rina in the basin. BWML is con­sid­er­ing re­plac­ing the cur­rently free short-term vis­i­tor berths, which are si­t­u­ated along­side the tow­path on the south-east side of the basin, with pon­toon vis­i­tor moor­ings rented out at com­mer­cial rates. This is not con­nected with the plan to roll out pre-paid CRT vis­i­tor berths in Lon­don (see news, page 11) which the Trust has stressed will not re­sult in any loss of cur­rent free vis­i­tor moor­ings.

CRT has pointed out that “the loss of short-stay and dis­abled moor­ings in this lo­ca­tion would be detri­men­tal to the aims and ob­jec­tives we’ve set out for the Lon­don Moor­ing Srat­egy”, while a spokesman for the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion said that “we must ob­ject to th­ese plans in the strong­est terms”.

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