.... as if there were not enough angst amongst bloggers at the moment Bruce is blogging about having me evicted !!
I agree with Bruce about one thing in his post and that is now nice Alrewas is. It is on a good waterway, road network and has a good balance of needed shops and pubs. It is also a very pretty village no doubt with the canal being at its centre. It is close with Stone as being top alternative places for us to live and we keep an eye on the local property market.
So (light hearted no more flame wars here) Bruce has commented on linear moorings and BW's or will it be Cart's policy. I have been involved with BW over this issue clicky here with an extract below for my blog reference.
My opinion is that there needs to be a balance. Anyone who has done parts of the Shroppie will know how stop/start it can be with linear moored boats. I like them, that is because I never cruise in a hurry and part of the attraction of the waterways is the variety of boats moored up. I like to wave at the occupants and smell their wood smoke! But there has to be some control. I think like most 'rules' to manage a situation BW's are too constrictive. I also know we are one of the attractions at Fradley. When there are no boats moving people come and wander down looking (in many cases in envy) at our little community of boats. I know I did it regularly and therefore we are a shop window for the canals and the interest/lifestyle. I sometimes think I should be being paid by BW at Fradley as part of their show!
Anyhow, the complexities of the BW linear mooring (non) removal is below, make of it what you will. One thing is for sure linear moorings are much valued, as the last time one came up at Hunts it went for over £2,000 that is a lot when you consider no water or electricity, and for a 58 foot boat getting close to marina prices.
I like Hunts, so next time you pass give me a wave and Bruce, I am at the boat later so I'll pop down for a fight then a cup of tea !
Take care and don't take it personally, for anyone who has a linear mooring, marina mooring or no mooring, we are first and foremost boaters.
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