Following the conclusion of a trial begun by the last administration that saw boat moorings installed along Mead Lane, Saltford, B&NES Cabinet has resolved to remove the moorings citing concerns over the destruction of the riverbank.
1250 people responded to a survey considered by the cabinet. The Lib Dem-run Council will commission a structural survey of the riverbank to allow an informed decision on the long term use of this land going forwards.
The Council will also look at general residential mooring arrangements along the river, to ensure that there are arrangements that are suitable and sustainable for boaters and their families. A decision on future use will be made at a Cabinet meeting.
“The moorings trial is an experiment which hasn’t worked. From the start, proper processes and residents’ views were ignored.
“This is an unsuitable location for moorings. No proper facilities were provided, leading to the deterioration of the riverbank. There is a risk that essential infrastructure could be damaged.
“I’m pleased that the new Lib Dem administration is listening to local people and will initiate a structural survey. It’s vital that decisions are based on proper evidence.
“In the long term we must secure the stability of the riverbank, restore it to public open space and ensure there are enough suitable moorings within the Council area for live-aboard boaters.”
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