Canal Mooring Consultation

by paulcrosland on January 23, 2016

The Canal and River Trust (C&RT) is consulting with the residents of Berkhamsted over the arrangements for mooring of boats on the stretch of the Grand Union Canal through the town. The consultation ends on 29th February 2016, and the views of individuals is important – we understand that the voting arrangements mean that bodies such as Berkhamsted Town Council will only get a single vote, the same as an individual person.

Currently, boats are permitted to moor for 14 days alongside the towpath, away from locks and bridges. The C&RT’s proposals for revised mooring arrangements are as follows:-

  • from Park Street bridge to Lower Kings Road bridge : 2 day limit, all year round
  • from Lower Kings Road bridge to Ravens Lane bridge : 7 day limit (April to September), 14 days (October to March)
  • outside these areas : 14 day time limit for mooring to remain, and existing winter moorings to remain

The Berkhamsted Town Council-led Canal and River Partnership (on which the Berkhamsted Citizens Association is represented) believes the mooring time limit should be 2 days throughout the restricted area, all year round. If properly policed, this should create more space for boaters to moor up in order to visit the town and also prevent a repeat of the problems caused by overstaying boaters causing a nuisance to local residents and towpath users. Nuisance caused to local residents by generator noise and diesel fumes should also be reduced.

Further details of the proposals for all south-east locations can be found here (scroll down for Berkhamsted, and a map of the proposals) :-

The survey link is here.

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