The Canal & River Trust is revising the current policies for mooring along the banks of our waterways. The revised online mooring policy seeks to set out the strategic aims, principles and criteria for considering online[1] mooring sites on the Trust’s network.

The revised online mooring policy states that online towpath moorings will generally be retained for:
  • 14-day moorings (general towpath mooring)
  • Short-stay visitor moorings
  • Winter moorings
Towpath moorings for the following types of boat may be acceptable in certain circumstances, for example:
  • Commercial boats and boats providing services for tourists and day visitors (e.g. trip and passenger boats, floating shops and restaurants) including not for profit community boats or boats operated for charitable purposes (for which there are no suitable alternative moorings in the area)
  • Historic/feature boats that have a specific and documented function for adding value to tourism and enjoyment of visitors to the area.
  • Moorings for disabled access or to support the Trust’s Equality Policy
  • Other mooring types may be acceptable in the context of a local mooring strategy.
Change to online mooring reduction approach

The current policy includes an online mooring reduction element as follows:

The Canal & River Trust will reduce the number of online, long-term moorings as new offline capacity comes onto the market. This will be done in a ratio of 1:10: one on-line berth will be given up for every ten new berths created off line. Reductions will be made within the geographical market supplied by the new offline marina within 12 months of the opening date of the new site. For the purpose of clarity, we will make the reductions within a 30 mile radius of the new marina berths.

In March 2017 the Trust published an update on how it has reduced online mooring in line with the current policy. Between 2007 and 2017, 587 online long-term moorings have been removed as new offline moorings have been created.

The revised online mooring policy will remove the automatic reduction of online mooring when new offline mooring provision is created. The removal of the online mooring reduction approach is to ensure there remains a fair choice of both online and offline moorings for boating customers.

The revised online mooring policy does not support large scale development of new online moorings and sets out clear criteria against which all new online mooring proposals must be considered to ensure they are only created in appropriate places.

Read the draft Online Mooring Policy
[1] Online moorings mean those on the main line of the navigation and does not include basins, layby’s or other offline mooring.

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