PRESS RELEASE: IWA Welcomes Legal Decision on Moorings

Issue date: 20th February 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has welcomed the decision by Mr Nick Brown, on 19th February, to abandon judicial review proceedings against Canal & River Trust over its mooring guidelines. The Association believes this now clears the way for the Trust to make good progress on regularising misuse of visitor moorings by a minority of users attempting to avoid proper home mooring arrangements.
The High Court Hearing for the Judicial Review was set to last for two days, but the judge accepted an application to abandon the case from Mr Brown towards the end of the first morning, and before Canal & River Trust had been able to present its advice.  This followed comments from the Judge after the presentation of Mr Brown’s case. The Judge also ordered substantial costs to be paid to the Trust by Mr Brown.
Les Etheridge, IWA National Chairman, said “Visitor moorings on the inland waterways need to be managed with the best interests of the whole boating community.  It is sad that Mr Brown’s actions caused the needless expenditure of CRT’s charitable funds on addressing an unnecessary legal action. With the matter now settled, boaters and IWA expect CRT to make solid progress in addressing the pockets of misuse of visitor moorings where they exist along the waterways. There has already been some progress on certain popular mooring spots, particularly in the South East.  I am sure that the vast majority of boaters will welcome the settlement of this case, and look forward to properly-managed moorings on the waterways where visitors can confidently expect reasonable facilities, and in turn boaters must respect the rules and move on to new waters within a reasonable time.”


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See IWA's briefing note on long term moorings