Boater facilities at Tumbling Bay, Ware, River Lee
By: Janet Richardson
PASSING boaters who have been using the sanitary station at Tumbling Bay on the River Lee at Ware, Herts, can find alternative facilities at Fieldes Weir or Hertford Basin.
From today (Friday 25 February) only authorised moorers with a special access key can use the Tumbling Bay station.
According to a statement issued by British Waterways in response to boaters’ concerns, these facilities were installed for the use of long-term residential boaters with mooring permits for Tumbling Bay who pay a mooring fee to be able to have access.
In the past few years other boaters have also been using the facility and following persistent reports of mis-use and escalating cleaning costs, British Waterways is restricting use to authorised moorers.
The statement adds: “The facility has now been removed from boaters’ guides to the area, and cruising boaters are being made aware of other facilities they can use in the area.
"Following concerns from some boaters, and in order to give time for those boaters who have come to depend on the Tumbling Bay sanitary station to make alternative arrangements, the new arrangement will now start from 25th February 2011. The nearest BW facilities open to all boaters are at Fieldes Weir or Hertford Basin.
"Boaters without home moorings are reminded that their licence requires them to cruise continuously, not staying in the same place for more than 14 days.”