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More London moorings needed, says GLA

PUBLISHED: 15:01 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:01 29 November 2013

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More residential moorings, more lengths of towpath suitable for mooring, and a trial of a community moorings scheme are all among the recommendations for London’s waterways in a report produced by the Greater London Authority.

More residential moorings, more lengths of towpath suitable for mooring, and a trial of a community moorings scheme are all among the recommendations for London’s waterways in a report produced by the Greater London Authority.

With anything up to 10,000 people now living afloat in the capital, the supply of permanent moorings has not kept pace with the increase in demand, and boats with no home mooring are often to be found moored three-deep or more in London – making it hard for visiting boaters to find space, and leading to reports of complaints from local householders about nuisance from boaters. This led the GLA to launch a study, which has now reported back.

Its proposals include ensuring as much towpath bank as possible is equipped with mooring rings and free from silt; ensuring future canalside developments do not exclude residential mooring space; considering replacing the CRT mooring auctions system by which online CRT moorings are sold to the highest bidder; and including a policy of creating moorings in the Mayor’s London Plan.

The Canal & River Trust has welcomed the report, and says it is studying it with a view to responding in detail.

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