Jon also explained that it is a popular visitor mooring and will always be full; sosmoke and overstaying should be dealt with separately.
Miles Hubbard commented on the comparison of buying a property next to a busyroad and the expected consequences which led back to the need for a mutualunderstanding of the needs of all members of a local community.
Del Brenner commented that the problems at Noel Road have been an on-goingissue for more than 2 years and should have been addressed before.
Jon Guest pointed out that we have looked at it before and that the current meetingswith the councils show how we are progressing towards a better management plan.
Sally Ash confirmed the 2 major contributing factors were the increased number of craft on the waterway and a higher number of craft overstaying. CRT has 2 coursesof action to deal with overstaying; firstly by applying the extended stay charges or bythe judicial route. The judicial route can take anything up to 3 months and then thecraft moves on and the time and money spent comes to nothing.
Del Brenner commented that this situation should have been better managed in thepast and that CRT have allowed this to happen.
Sally Ash asked, bearing in mind the powers that CRT have, what more the floor feltcould have been done?
Sue Lees, an Islington resident, responded that the rules should be enforced andboaters stopped from causing a nuisance.
Sally Ash responded that there is currently an open dialogue with boaters to worktowards a solution to nuisance caused.
David Gee commented that this dialogue needs to done in a mindful way so as not topush boaters out but to work towards a better understanding between those that liveon the water and those on the land.Q. Louis Jankel asked how many
Officers now covered London andwhether they are PACE trained?
Jon Guest confirmed there are 3 Enforcement Officers supported by extra datacheckers and that the primary concern was unlicensed craft. Jon also confirmed thatenforcement does not sit with the local waterway but is a national team.
Louis Jankel questioned whether 3 are enough to deal with the current situation inLondon.
Jon Guest replied that, as explained previously, the team is bigger now than it ever has been.
Sally Ash explained that the Trustees endorse the more softly approach to theoverstaying issues and that it is agreed the way forward is by engagement. Moreenforcement officers would not help the situation, it is regrettable that so manypeople are upset but with outdated bye-laws this is the only way to proceed.Q. Could CRT restrict the number of licenses issued?
No, this is not possible but the numbers are being looked at.Q. Could the clean air act be applied?
No, craft come under marine law and are exempt.