|Date and Time:
||Monday 7th December 2015, 7pm to 8:30pm
||Studio 7, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road.
|Steve Burt||St Pancras Cruising Club|
|Bill Risebero||Reachview Resident|
|Christine Risebero||Reachview Resident|
|Emilios Tsavellas||Urban Planning, University College London|
|Christopher Moon-Miklaucic||Urban Planning, University College London|
|Duncan Bertram||Urban Planning, University College London|
|Ben Plagerson||Angel Wharf Residents' Association|
|Ruth Barker||Angel Wharf Residents' Association|
|Ross Emerson||Angel Wharf Residents' Association|
|Becca Wolff||Boat resident and Islington Boat Club|
|Carolyn Clark||Community Historian|
|Rose Parnis||Skipper, Laburnum Boat Club|
|Fiona Cullen||Angel Association|
|Guy Taylor||Hillingdon Narrowboats Association|
|Fanny Blank||London School of Economics|
|Marina Ecouomidou||Ice Wharf|
|Bob Philpotts||Resident of Tower Hamlets|
|James Tregaskis||Resident, Sturt's Lock|
|Beverley Dean||Angel Association|
|Eric Sorensen||Angel Association|
|Beryl Windsor||Angel Canal Festival; St Pancras Cruising Club|
|Gordon Meen||Reachview Resident|
|Ian Shacklock||Friends of Regent's Canal|
|Del Brenner||Regents Network. London Waterways Commission; Regents Canal CAAC|
|Richard Elkan||London Canal Volunteers CRT|
4.1 The National Bargee Traveller Association (NBTA) had arranged a public meeting (on 9th December) with the Canal and River Trust (CRT) to discuss provision of facilities, such as water taps, pump outs, rubbish bins, recycling facilities and mooring rings.
4.2 The chair suggested that the Friends website could be used for publishing information on boat yards and emergency services for boaters. Although these types of facilities had been squeezed out of central London, they are still important for visiting and local boaters.
5.1 Residents of Reachview in Camden had been forewarned about proposals to redevelop Bangor Wharf. This site had been earmarked as an ideal interchange between road and water but the council was keen to exploit it for high density residential accommodation instead. Further information is available on our website.
6.1 The Inland Waterways Association was ramping up its campaign to transfer the Environment Agency navigations to the Canal and River Trust (CRT). This has no direct on the Regent's Canal, which is already being managed by the CRT, but it is of general interest to boaters who cruise through other parts of the waterways network.
7.1 The North London Waste Plan includes a proposal to operate a recycling facility on the site that is currently being used as a warehouse for the Museum of London. An extract from the draft proposal is available here .
7.2 Opinions were very divided over this proposal. Campaigners for water-borne freight are very keen to see a revival of the canal for this purpose, which is in keeping with government policies on modal shifts from road to rail and water. However, leisure users and immediate neighbours were in favour of lighter vessels on the canal.
8.1 Vodafone has held talks with the freeholders of Angel Wharf regarding the installation of mobile phone masts overlooking the canal at Packington Bridge. Further information is available on our website.
8.2 Residents of Angel Wharf are particularly disturbed by this proposal because it will harm a green roof. Canal campaigners are equally disturbed because this site is in a conservation area that members of the public choose to visit to escape from busy modern life. Others feel that the need for mobile communications outweighs the importance of roof-level aesthetics.
9.1 The Canal and River Trust has advertised a vacancy for a mooring ranger in central London. (This vacancy had already expired before the meeting).
10.1 The chair appealed for volunteers to take responsibility for maintaining vegetation along the towpath in Westminster.
10.2 If no vounteers are available and if no organisations are prepared to adopt this stretch of the towpath then the Canal and River Trust will consider concreting over the entire width of the walkway.
11.1 Beryl Windsor gave an illustrated review of this year's festival (on Sunday 6th September) and invited volunteers to take part next year.
12.1 Carolyn Clark described progress so far with a heritage project. Volunteers have now visited three archives and gathered some great material. Seven oral histories have been completed. A mini-exhibition was held on the Hertford Union Canal at a community event at Growing Concerns on Ducketts. This has now been substantially developed for and large exhibition of the Hertford Union Canal on display at the London Canal Museum until 27th March 2016. Work is now pressing ahead on the Regent's Canal.
12.2 The project included plans for a community heritage exhibition in the summer. There is now a possibility this will be a much larger Festival event in the Art Pavilion and negotiations are taking place with LBTH on this.
13.1 No further news about this unpopular planning application.
14.1 The meeting was attended by three students from UCL who were particularly interested in the public realm at City Road Basin.
15.1 Guy Taylor addressed the meeting with suggestions to create mosaics along the towpath. His ideas were inspired by similar displays along the River Thames.