London Assembly investigation into waterway moorings

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the final report

In May 2013 the London Assembly began a review of mooring availability in London and the side-effects of overcrowding at mooring sites.

Click here to see a letter that was sent to stakeholders.
If you are unable to view this letter in MS-Word format, then click here instead.

Here are some further links.

London Assembly, Current Investigations - Moorings on London's Waterways

Proposal for Rapporteurship

London Assembly Press Release - Can London's waterways cope with increasing demand for moorings?

Response from Friends of Regent's Canal, 7th June 2013

Waterways World, July 2013, page 30

Waterways World, November 2013, page 11

Islington Tribune, 11th January 2013. "Councillor says 'huge increase in dirty and noisy canal boats' close to homes could force residents to move away"

Islington Tribune, 7th June 2013. Front page story. "Investigation launched into claims that excessive boat noise and fumes are making lives a misery for residents along Regent's Canal"

Islington Tribune, 21st June 2013. "Increase in anti-social behaviour on towpath fuels legal threat against Canal and River Trust"

Islington Tribune, 18th October 2013. "Charity is urged to act over loud music, late-night drinking and boat smoke on the canal"

Islington Tribune, 22nd November 2013. "Raft of new measures to cut canal noise and ease tension between boaters and homeowners"

Evening Standard, 21st January 2013. 'Barge rage' at canal as locals protest over smoke and noise.

BBC News, 17th May 2013. "London boat users 'raise river tensions'"

BBC News, 29th April 2013. "Houseboat owners 'spoiled view' fear"

BBC News, 3rd August 2013. "Overcrowding on London's Canals"

BBC News, 22nd November 2013. 'Extra moorings needed' on London waterways, says assembly

Freedom of Information Requests

Correspondence to Mike Wells (requester)
Correspondence from the public
Complaints about boats at Angel London

Canal World Discussion Forums

London Assembly and Moorings
Boris bites boaters?

From an e-mail sent to interested parties (on 4th July 2013)...

There will be a meeting - held in public - on Friday 12 July at 9.30am in Committee Room 3 at City Hall.

The meeting will be used to consider some of the findings from the recent call for evidence. Guests at the meeting are still to be finalised but are likely to include representatives from the Canal and River Trust, the London Borough of Islington, resident associations, boater groups and the Environment Agency.

The meeting will be webcast live here: and a recording will also available on the Committee's web page after the meeting.

Camden Community Radio

Argy Bargey on London's Canals
(synposis and links)

Listen to radio interviews (MP3 format)
9 minute clip (0m21s introduction; 1m12s Jenny Jones; 3m00s Ian Shacklock; 7m28s Pete the Boater)

Transcript of radio interviews


London Assembly Report on Moorings on London's Waterways (27th November 2013)