Thames Recreational Powered Boating Organisations, including the Association of Thames Yacht Clubs, the Dutch Barge Association, the Residential Boat Owners’ Association, the Thames Motor Boaters Association and NABO, have expressed their deep concern about the proposed management of Thames moorings by third party contractors and have now found it necessary to issue the following advisory notice to their members:
“The Environment Agency, some Local Authorities and riparian land owners are making increasing use of third-party contractors to manage their moorings on the non-tidal Thames. Terms and conditions, regarding registering on arrival, length of stay and charges, vary, but almost all provide for the issuing of significant penalty charges if boaters fail to comply.
In most cases the first 24 hours may be free of charge but there is usually a requirement to register on arrival and failure to do so may result in a penalty charge of up to £150 being issued.
Boaters should, when mooring, take care to read local notices and ensure they comply with the terms and conditions that apply at the location.”
11th December 2020
NABO has now responded to the consultation by Canal and River Trust on private boat licence terms and conditions.
The consultation closes on 20 December. If you have not done so please complete your personal return. Details are in the last boaters update, or on this link.
You can read the main NABO response here.
During the consulation review, NABO identified issues of privacy laws compliance and readability. We have also provided our comments to the Trust on separate documents.
You can read the comments on privacy here.
You can read the comments on ease of reading here.
CRT is asking waterway users for ideas on how to address perceived problems caused by large numbers of boats moored on some of London’s waterways, particularly the Paddington Arm, Regent’s Canal, Hertford Union Canal, Limehouse Cut and the Lee Navigation. Since October, it has been holding Zoom virtual consultation meetings to hear ideas and answer questions. The remaining meetings are to be held on:
- Saturday 12th December, 3-4pm
- Wednesday 16th December, 10.30-11.30pm
- Friday 18th December, 2.30-3.30pm
- Wednesday 6th January, 7-8pm
- Friday 8th January, 10.30-11.30am
You can register to join a meeting by going to https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/london-and-south-east/managing-boats-on-londons-busy-waterways and clicking the date that you’d like to attend. There are also opportunities to give your views using an online survey at https://wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=160260143288 before 8th January 2021. Or if you do not have internet access, write to CRT Head Office, First Floor North, Station House, 500 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB.
In spring 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement spurred CRT into commissioning Dr Jodie Matthews, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, to undertake literature research into people who had made their wealth through the slave trade and invested the profits in canal building. She also investigated canals that were built specifically to carry goods derived from the exploitation of slaves – especially tobacco, cotton and sugar – and how these canals led to the development of cities such as Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester. Examples cited in the review are: 1) Moses Benson, a Liverpool slave-trader, who owned a ‘palace mansion’ in the city and invested in canals, leaving 230 shares in the Lancaster Canal in his will; 2) Lowbridge Bright was a wealthy Bristol West India merchant who sat on the Committee of the Thames and Severn Canal Company; 3) George Hyde Clarke, who inherited a sugar estate and 220 enslaved people, was a promoter, shareholder and committee member of the Peak Forest Canal Company; 4) Robert Milligan was a prominent Scottish merchant and slave-owner, who was the driving force behind the construction of the West India Docks in London.
The review can be found at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk > search ‘transatlantic slavery’.