Threat to Limehouse moorings
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”.