NABO responds to the Canal and River Trust consultation report on a proposed “Towpath Mooring Plan” for The Kennet & Avon Canal

Brief History

In 2012, at the request of the Canal and River Trust (CRT), the K&A Waterways Partnership nominated a mooring sub-group to come up with workable ways of addressing the CRT aims for moorings on the Kennet & Avon canal (K&A). The sub-group built on the extensive work of a previous, but abandoned, group of users representatives which had been set up by BW to address this issue. The new Partnership sub-group submitted their report in November 2012. After reviewing this, CRT asked the group to further consider specific objectives.

In May 2013 the Partnership presented their report to the Navigation Advisory Group (NAG) and CRT and it was decided that the group’s proposals should be put out to public consultation. Invitations to take part in the consultation were sent to all boats sighted on the K&A between August 2012 and July 2013, all boats with a home mooring on the K&A, and key stakeholders and organisations with an interest in the K&A.

A Recent Press release from NABO stated :- 

NABO welcomes the recent changes to CRT’s communication strategy as recently announced by CEO Richard Parry and the recent project update issued by Sally Ash Head of Boating.


It is to be welcomed that after the recent flawed SE Visitor Mooring Consultation and subsequent workshops that CRT are now taking stock and engaging fully with the boating organisations (private and trade), Partnerships and the Navigation Advisory Group to define the strategy and vision for visitor moorings going forward.


CRT has confirmed that it was taken aback by the strength of boaters opinions: for example 700+ signed a spontaneous online petition spread by word of mouth against the proposals (not the principle of consulting as implied in the CRT report). Some 360 boaters wrote feedback in response to the CRT email, of which at least 50% was negative. In addition both NABO and RBOA, representing many thousands of members wrote detailed feedback, again rejecting specific aspects of the proposal. CRT decided to focus on the minority that gave positive feedback as the green light to proceed.

NABO have responded to the CRT consultation on Houseboat Certificates. This closed at the end of September and we now await the outcome.

Audlem Moorings British Waterways have opened a consultation about traders overstaying at Audlem. NABO has been invited to respond, so we invite members to add any comments below before January 21st 2012 so that NABO Council can put a response together.