Have your say about proposed changes to our river moorings policy

Consultation runs from

27 October 2016, 9:00am to 20 January 2017, 5:00pm

Introduction and background

A twelve-week consultation on proposals to change the way Cambridge City Council manages moorings alongside its land by the River Cam.

The consultation invites views on a number of elements of the council’s approach to moorings and aims to involve people who live on or near to the river and those who enjoy the river for recreational purposes.

As well as being a treasured feature of the city, the Cam has become one of the busiest inland waterways in the UK and is a popular destination for a wide range of activities.

The consultation asks river users, residents and others to give views on a series of proposals including:

  • Basing mooring licence fees on boat length
    The council currently charges a licence fee irrespective of boat length. Previous consultations have shown boaters with smaller vessels believe this to be unfair and research shows that in other parts of the country there are different fees according to boat length.
  • Responding to safety concerns by stopping mooring at the Riverside wall
    A number of options have been reviewed in the past but no feasible solution has been found to provide cost-effective, safe access to and from moored boats and the adjoining river wall on this part of the river. Any boats removed from the railings would be given alternative moorings so that nobody living there would lose their home and the council would also look at ways of supporting residents with housing benefit claims.

The location, type and number of mooring berths, provision for visitor moorings and penalties for those who overstay, a revised enforcement policy and ways of managing mooring waiting lists are among other topics covered in the consultation.

Consultation information

We are in the process of reviewing our River Moorings Policy. We are considering a series of changes to the current policy with the intention of a revised policy being finalised and published during 2017.

We have identified a number of options which could be realised and wish to engage with those with an interest in mooring on the River Cam, and the wider community with an interest in the river.

You can respond to this document in several different ways. The easiest is to complete the online questionnaire:

Online questionnaire

We encourage you to respond in this way if you can, but if you prefer not to you can instead:

The consultation is open to anyone who wants to take part, and is completely confidential and anonymous. 

We will be engaging directly with representative groups known to have an interest in the river during the consultation period.

Format of consultation questions

Each item has been provided with an outline explanation of the key points for consideration and why the City Council considers that they would benefit from a revised policy focus.

At the end of each introductory section, options have been provided for which we would welcome your response. In some cases, where more than one option can be considered, a range has been provided.

Please respond by 5pm on 20 January 2017 to ensure that your opinions are included in our analysis.


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Streets and Open Spaces team at moorings@cambridge.gov.uk or 01223 457200.

Post any correspondence to Streets and Open Spaces team, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

Once we have everyone’s comments, we will produce a report summarising the views we received for consideration as part of the finalisation of the updated Moorings Management Policy.

Once the updated Moorings Management Policy is approved it will remain in place for a five year period between 2017 and 2022.