Audlem Online published a story earlier this morning about the permanent moorings petition. We've also received an interesting Chatbox comment from Johnny about this issue.
Readers may be interested in the following announcement from British Waterways that has been forwarded to us. It says:
Public Consultation on moorings policies, November 2009 – January 2010
The aims of this consultation are to:
- improve understanding of the complex issues associated with management of moorings on BW's 2,000 mile historic waterway network in England and Wales
- invite feedback on new policy proposals which we have developed with help from national boating organisations.
We expect the consultation to be of interest to:
- boat owners, particularly those who live aboard their boat (or are considering doing so)
- the boating trade, particularly operators of commercial boats for hire, passenger boats or moorings
- other frequent waterway users
- people living close to waterways, particularly in residential areas
- waterside businesses
- parish councillors
- local authority planning, environment and housing departments
- statutory and third sector organisations concerned with civic amenity, housing, heritage, environment and of course, inland waterways.
#Pre-consultationWe have developed the ideas in this paper with the help of many representatives of boating and boating trade organisations. The subject was debated with a sub group of the British Waterways Advisory Forum in summer 2008.
We subsequently tabled an early pre-consultation draft at the meeting of our national 'waterway users special interest group' in April 2009, and then held meetings with leading representatives to work through many points of detail.
We are particularly grateful to the Residential Boat Owners Association for their help in developing part 2 of the paper including joint consumer research into residential mooring demand and preferences that provided important data to underpin our proposals. We have continued to consider comments received on an ad hoc basis since these meetings.
Responding to the consultationComments are invited by 31st January 2010. When responding, please be sure to indicate your particular interest in the waterways. If applicable, please also tell us which parts of the network you have most experience of which have influenced your comments.
We prefer responses by email to firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com. Please use this feedback form.
Otherwise, please post them to:
British Waterways Mooring Consultation
64 Clarendon Road
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