The post from Steve Wright, the owner of Apperley Bridge Marina on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Bradford utilised all the usual epithets used by those who claim continuous cruisers are a problem on the system.
Referring to the licence review Steve Wright said: “CRT really need to get this sorted. Rethinking the licensing model isn't going to stop these bridge hoppers. It's enforcement that's needed. Take away their continuous cruising licences and the right to use the navigation. Sell their boats and put the proceeds towards maintenance of the system. That way law abiding folk might be able to cruise London again and actually find a mooring spot!”
The marina he owns describes itself as: “Part of the prestigious Waterfront Mews development” and claims to “offer secure, quality long term moorings on the picturesque Leeds & Liverpool Canal between Leeds and Bingley.” We have to assume continuous cruisers are not welcome in his marina.
When boater Clara Loft responded with the words: “blimey you nazi”, Steve was having none of it. He said: “Not at all. Sometimes Draconian measures are required to deal with these leeches on our society.