Thursday, July 25, 2013

Notes on Meeting with Cam Conservancy/City Council 4/7/13

Navigation Issues
Issue of boats moored blocking access to waterpoints. The new sign is up but seems to have had little effect. The gap between the railings and the Waterpoint on Stourbridge is consistently full, making it difficult for boats to wait for water. We stressed that because this is a navigation issue, both the Cam Con and the Council should make efforts to deal with it. The enforcement officers are continuing to tackle this issue
"Rosie" using waterpoint for pick up of passengers. They do have permission for this but boaters needing access to the waterpoint have priority, and the trip boat must to move up if boats need the waterpoint. We asked about trimming back the Crack Willow near the Jesus Green waterpoint such that it is no longer dangerous to moor under. 

Several boats have left following the crack-down on unlived on boats, but the exact details of these and the negotiations ongoing with some boaters are private matters and the Council will not divulge details. The biggest issue to come out of the meeting was the fact that the mooring waiting list is frozen, until the Railings issue has been decided upon. This is because one of the consultation options is to give Railings boats moorings on the Commons, and they want to make sure they have space to do this should it be the preferred option. UPDATE: We believe that this move is premature and pre-empts a decision which has not yet been made. Cllr O'Reilly is going to be taking this matter
forwards with the other Councillors for us and I will post any updates here and elsewhere.

Riverside/Railings moorings Consultation
The Consultants have yet to report back on this - we expect to hear the results at the October Environment Scrutiny Committee Meeting.

Waterways Chaplaincy

The Waterways Chaplaincy started in the St Albans area but has expanded significantly since then. It is a strictly non-evangelical (i.e no preaching) group who minister to the needs of the boating community, as objective but informed people who can help those in need get access to services or just provide a sympathetic ear. The scheme has been very successful and well received by boaters on the Grand Union and the Rivers Lee and Stort. Currently our nearest chaplain is based in Huntingdon, but there is a possibility that we will get one for the Cambridge area.

River Festival 2014
We really hope that this will go ahead next year. Various other groups eg Cam Valley Forum are interested in helping organise. Our next meeting will be the first week in September.

If there are any issues you would like us to bring up at the next Council meeting, or at our meetings with the Cam Conservators or the River User Group meetings, do let us know.