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Limehouse plans refused
Proposals by Canal & River Trust marinas subsidiary BWML to create new paid-for pontoon berths on part of what is currently free visitor moorings in Limehouse Basin have been turned down. There were over 50 objectors (including boating groups concerned about the implications for convoys heading for the tidal Thames or craft using the basin as a refuge), and the Council is reported to have refused the planning application on the grounds that it was not supported.
Short term licences down
The Canal & River Trust’s annual report shows the number of boaters without home moorings given short term licences (for not satisfying the Trust that they cruise far enough) fell from 560 to 520 in the last six months. Most boaters issued with them have since satisfied CRT they are cruising further, moved off CRT’s waterways, sold their boats or taken up a home mooring. Of the remaining 16 percent, most have been issued with a further short-term licence or are still subject to action – leaving 1 percent whose boats were removed by CRT.
Boat seller jailed for fraud
David Shakespeare of Nottingham Boat Sales has been jailed four four years after admitting cheating customers out of £480,000. The court heard that he sold a boat on behalf of a customer but kept the money, used a boat he did not own as security for a loan and issued a cheque for £27,000 which bounced.