LON­DON life

Canal Boat - - Me & My Boats -

ES­CHEW­ING tra­di­tional semi-de­tached life for a semi-trad ex­is­tence, Lon­don live­aboards are flock­ing to the cap­i­tal in ever-in­creas­ing num­ber.

Sur­veys and pro­jec­tions by the Canal & River Trust pre­dict around 4,000 boats in the cap­i­tal this month which rep­re­sents a dou­bling of boats over five years.

With house prices out of the reach of thou­sands of work­ers look­ing to earn a liv­ing in Lon­don, the rise in de­mand for life afloat is putting pres­sure on the net­work’s fi­nite num­ber of moor­ings.

As Lewis and Kae have dis­cov­ered, live­aboards can face a rude awak­en­ing if they have re­lo­cated from sub­ur­bia.

But un­de­terred boaters con­tinue to ar­rive, join­ing the scram­ble for limted space.

The CRT has re­acted by launch­ing the Lon­don Moor­ing Strategy to en­sure a fair share pol­icy for all. Watch this space...

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