Canal Boat - - This Month -

CRT plans its next year’s work, grants for canal restora­tion, Scot­tish hire­boats re­prieved, Old Bed­ford con­quered, ca­noes that saved a canal

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.

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