Back in 2015 when the spot was awarded the Transport Trust’s Red Wheel plaque marking significant sites in transport history, David Viner, heritage advisor at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Tardebigge was where it all turned around for the canals, so it’s fantastic to see its important history marked.”
For years it was used as long term moorings with boaters tied in the very place where it all started. That ended a few years ago, but a few days ago Paul Theakston reported on Facebook that a new red 'No Mooring' sign had gone up and even the steel rings had been cut off to prevent visiting boats mooring on the spot.
“We believe this was caused by prop wash from moored boats.
“This is not a recent decision and has been the case for at least a couple of years, though the signs have recently been replaced and the mooring rings only relatively recently removed.”
This echoes what another boater was told by C&RT: “There has been no mooring, and there is no permissible mooring at that point, and has not been for some years, nothing has changed other than old obsolete signage being removed and the correct signage put in place.”
The Floater has asked why these historic moorings cannot be used as visitor moorings – perhaps with a notice prohibiting the running of engines in gear – as yet there is no reply.