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Mooring campaign gathers pace

15th September 2009 @ 7:07am – by Audlem Webteam
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There's been so much interest in keeping the permanent moorings for boats in Audlem – see Audlem Online news stories, Forum and Chatbox – that a petition is now available in many village shops which may be of interest to local residents and canal users.

Local businesses and councillors are amongst those that fear that removing the permanent moorings will have a negative impact on the character of the canal. The recent breach in the canal to the south has shown how important the canal is to local tourism and trade.

PetitionThe petition says:

Canal Boat Moorings in Audlem

"We, the undersigned, request that British Waterways maintain Audlem's character, by reletting vacant moorings between locks 11 and 15 at Audlem as they are vacated, which their mooring policy does allow. We believe that moored boats between these locks are an essential part of the character of the village, enhance the appearance and interest of the canalside corridor, and contribute to tourism, and thus the economy of the village."

LettersIf anybody wants to write to British Waterways about the reduction in moorings at Audlem, they should contact Sally Ash, Head of Boating Development, who takes over responsibility for all mooring matters from the beginning of November. It's safest to write to her at BW's head office – British Waterways, 64 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1DA. We are told that British Waterways regard Audlem as one of their half-dozen or so "honeypot" tourism sites – the petition and letters might just prevent them from removing the honey!

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