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NEW MOORING RINGS, water points, sanitary and rubbish facilities are among improvements made recently to London’s canals as the Canal & River Trust tries to meet the needs of record numbers of boaters on the capital’s canals. The improvements made during the 2016-17 year include adding:
• 125 more mooring rings
• Sanitary station and pump-out at Alperton
• Over a mile of dredging alongside the bank to facilitate mooring in Southall, plus shorter lengths in West Drayton and Hayes
• Water taps at Southall, Ponders End and Paddington
• 14 new long-term berths on the Lee, Grand
Union and Limehouse Cut The Trust has also provided logistical support for ‘Bins by boat’, a floating rubbish collection service run as a social enterprise.
Meanwhile, CRT continues to develop its London Mooring Strategy and has come up with a draft set of headline points: better facilities; better maintenance of facilities; development of short-stay sites; new offside and offline long-term moorings on less busy lengths of waterway; using a wider range of providers (including boaters themselves); new business boating activity; and development of winter moorings.
The aim is to develop detailed proposals by July, consult on them in late summer and early autumn, and finalise the strategy by November.