Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Two marinas in Cropredy backed by Cherwell council

It can all be read about here and here.  I have often heard that a Marina at Cropredy would solve all the boating issues that the southern Oxford apparently has. I have never been convinced, not least because getting to work in Oxford from Cropredy  (and I have transport) is a long slog.  The news however gives the impression that the main objection was to children drowning as it wasn’t going to be far from the primary school.  The news article itself is quite calm and placid, the comments are certainly worth reading.


Anonymous Andrew said...

Please tell me if I have the wrong idea about this as I do not own a boat yet but live in the Oxford canal area. Surely this is like building a very large car park on the side of a gridlocked M25

11:19 AM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

In part, I suppose it is. When I lived in a marina I likened it to being in a car park but that doesn't make it wrong.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you help me with this question! Do boat people who live on permanent moorings in marina"s pay council tax. come to think of it make that all moorings. Thank you for your information. jeff soon to be a live aboard

12:25 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

DO you mean do boat people pay council tax on their boat? Many pay council tax on a property they might own or have as their primary address and not actually live on their boat. Some people in a Marina do pay council tax but I think that is only if it is a residential mooring. For a mooring to be residential it has to provide certain facilities. The best thing to do is ask around in person. Have you checked out the canalworld forums or justcanal forums? They often have the answers to these sorts of questions.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Nick Holt said...

Heck! I wanted to use a (much!) stronger expletive, but there may be some of a sensitive disposition reading... What a ludicrous plan! The South Oxford struggles to keep water levels at the best of times, and queuing for locks is often an issue in summer months. There's simply no logic to yet more marina development inevitably encouraging still greater use of a canal that's already often overwhelmed. Cropredy too is in serious danger of losing what remains of it's once delightful character if such clumsy development actually goes ahead... I need to lie down!

Nick, blogging @ http://inlanding.wordpress.com/

8:05 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

Oh Nick! Come on! Surely you don't expect all those boats in the Marina to have time to go anywhere?! As Steve Haywood says - by the time you arrive, unpack, clear out the food you left last time, unload the shopping and do all the checks and are ready to set off it is time to go home again!!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like a grey area there are many live aboards who dont own a property but with permanent moorings but thanks anyway jeff

12:42 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

It is probably best to talk to people who have a permenant mooring who live aboard their boat on that mooring as the mooring as their permenant address. They will have a better idea about how it all works.

10:13 AM  

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