The London Assembly has launched a new investigation into the impact of increasing boat numbers on river and canal infrastructure, existing boaters and water-side properties.
London’s rivers and canals are used by many boats, some with a home mooring, and others with a continuous cruising license allowing them to stop in any area for less than two weeks.
The Assembly says a rise in the number of continuous cruisers is creating tension within the boating population, and between boaters and those who live near to mooring sites.
Initial research shows many boaters in the capital are having difficulty finding the moorings they want and there are reports that some are not observing canal rules, overstaying the visitor period and creating air and noise pollution from stoves, engines and generators.
The investigation will be led by Jenny Jones AM, on behalf of the Assembly’s Environment Committee, and will look at ways to alleviate these problems.
Jenny Jones AM, said: “As house prices in London escalate even further, some people may think that living on a boat on one of the capital’s waterways is an attractive alternative.
“However, there are considerable pressures on moorings and we have heard that in some parts of the capital, overcrowding and pollution is causing tension within the boating population, and between boaters and local communities.
“We need to find out if London’s waterways can cope with the growing demand and how they are being managed so everyone is able to enjoy the capital’s rivers and canals.”
The investigation is keen to hear from boaters, local communities and others about any issues they are facing. To find out more about how to contribute, visit www.london.gov.uk/moorings