Middle Level Waterways Users Committee Report
Points of interest for MLWC members.
So far to date 80 to 90 boat licenses have been issued.
Enforcement has still not been implemented but the pending bylaws are with the Secretary of State who has told our MP Stephen Barclay, that they will be ratified in the next two to three weeks and license enforcement will start immediately after.
Therefore for any of our members who have not yet taken the opportunity to enjoy 25% discount for this season 21/22 and next season 22/23, you have until the end of this month to apply or lose it!
This of course also applies to all other boat owners on the Middle Level system and if you were one of those who licensed their craft last year, you can also claim the 25% discount that was arranged through our clubs representation on the Navigation Advisory Committee.
Boaters coming onto or through the Middle Level will be able to purchase a visitor license of seven days or one month. One day licenses will be available but only issued if travelling straight through from Stanground to Denver and vice versa. It will also be possible to pay electronically at Salters Lode or Stanground locks.
The collapsed Well Creek moorings at Salters Lode have been replaced jointly by MLC and Well Creek Trust and are now available to use.
The mooring stages both side of Marmont Priory lock have now been repaired and are also ready for use.
The live aboard boaters who have consistently abused the town moorings this past year, have since the date of this meeting, have apparently been served notices to quit and some but not all appear to have heeded the instructions and moved off. We will post further updates as and when we have the information.
Repairs to the collapsed bank along side Nene Parade is due to start June/July and Cambridgeshire County Council have contracted SKANSKIA for the work. This will consist of replacing the existing steel piling with new and will be a major civil engineering project. The navigation will remain open for the boating season and if closure is necessary it won’t happen until the winter months.
Steve Courtney, a Ramsey Councillor is joining the Navigation Advisory Committee. He has a fifty foot narrow boat and will be working to improving the Ramsey moorings. MLC have put in a quote for the work and Steve will see if the winding hole will need to be enlarged for boats longer than his own.