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At a short, combined CRT Council and AGM in November, last year’s annual report and accounts were accepted. Topics of particular note included:

A special Boaters’ Reps meeting was convened on 20th November to discuss the London Mooring Consultation, following concerns that we raised. Boat sighting numbers 2010 - 2020 were queried: we were assured that exactly the same stretches of waterway were covered. The 2020 figures were dubious as Covid-19 restrictions had impeded counting. There was much discussion over whether numbers had now stabilised after rising for 8 years – so was the premise of ‘foreseeing continuing increases’ correct? Head of Boating, Matthew Symonds, said: “We are not trying to reduce numbers but we do need to control the situation in future”.

Why not see out the 2018 strategy first to counter criticism that nothing is being done to deal with the impact of so many boats in London? There should be major improvements under the 2018 strategy in 2021, but these alone would not address the overall situation. When questioned, Matthew emphasised that CRT did not intend to introduce any additional fees or mooring zones, and that there was no pre-destined outcome. Six Zoom sessions had been held so far, with around 100 attendees in total, and 400+ written responses received. Reps will consider the results of the preliminary consultation in January and hope to have some input into the ensuing proposals, which will then go out to boaters for another consultation.

Helen Hutt