I suppose boaters will have differing opinions about another marina being built 2 miles from the 120 berth Barby marina that has yet to be fully occupied. Again just 2 miles further on Blue Haven marine under the name of Hillmorton Wharf Marina (bridge 73) have applied for a 125 berth extension.
Boaters seeking a mooring in this area might have the opinion that the more berths available the better the price. Those already moored in the area might view the extra berths as leading to congestion when they cruise.
It seems Barby and Onley Parish Council and the Onley Park Residents Association support the marina. Me? Well as a much travelled Continuous Cruiser I feel any congestion will for me be limited to a short period when travelling through the area so I have no view either way. The council`s decision is due on the last day of this month and I think it will be approved but will it ever be completed? Kings Orchard marina
|© 2012 original picture, J marine.|
|Barby marina, 2 miles away from Onley|
In the November issue of Towpath Talk on page100 there is an interesting letter from Paul Lillie M.D. of Pillings Lock Marina Ltd.
Other reading on the web was Canals and River Trust state a 37% increase since 2007 of boats registering as Continuous Cruisers(no permanent mooring). As Jaq and I are under this category it means we are now one of 4,400. They (CaRT) also state a total of 35,000 boats registered on their canals and rivers.
The latest survey by CaRT of 3588 boaters states 31% of continuous cruises want a home mooring! I wonder how many C/c`s actually took part in the survey. Ok just checked 12% of 3588 is 430 which means 133 C/c`s are looking for a home mooring. Now if they moor at Onley that leaves 417 berths to be filled. Perhaps I can earn some money here.
Of course the most successful way to fill the berths is to give away these.
Checking here it seems comparethemooring.com is available. Perhaps a business opportunity here, please remember you got the idea here.