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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.

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