IWA calls for affordable moorings

The IWA is calling for more affordable moorings, especially in central London. Photo courtesy Paul Strudwick The IWA is calling for more affordable moorings, especially in central London. Photo courtesy Paul Strudwick

More affordable moorings are needed, especially in London, according to The Inland Waterways Association.

The call follows an announcement that Waterside Moorings is increasing its prices on almost 300 permanent moorings in the capital.

“Home builders across the capital are having to meet requirements to provide some level of social housing in any new developments, but navigation authorities can charge on or above market rate for permanent moorings,” said Paul Strudwick, IWA London region chair.

“IWA calls for affordable moorings to be provided in the capital. These do not need to have the all-singing, all-dancing facilities of the more expensive marina moorings, but should have access to basic facilities.”

Overcrowded

And Paul said IWA is concerned that the price hikes will drive even more boaters who live aboard to leave their current moorings and turn to continuous cruising.

By declaring that they do not have a home mooring and taking to temporary moorings, the boats will add to already overcrowded sections of waterways in London and will join the towpath shuffle between short stay moorings, having to move at least every 14 days, he said.

They will also put an additional strain to the limited facilities on London’s waterways, which IWA already believes to be insufficient for the number of boats in the area.

However there are several possible sites that could be bought into use including disused basins or off-side mooring sites, said Paul as he called on navigation authorities and local authorities to look at alternative types of affordable moorings.

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