You may of read about changes afoot around Fradley.
There is a new marina being built below common lock - the next lock down from our mooring
There is housing getting ever closer - some of the farmers have sold up - the pig farm has gone and it is understood the and behind our moorings has a house builders option on it.
The caravan park has a new entrance and there is a rumour of touring caravans being put onto the site
The biggest impact however is the approved local plan extract gravel on the fields directly opposite Hunts moorings.
I was on the boat last night and it is a beautiful peaceful place. I like it as it has two faces, during the brighter months during the day there is a lot of activity and being aboard you feel a little like the stars of the show and also there is a lot of boat activity and I feel like the canal is my moat !
Then as the day gets longer the place empties and we get the beautiful and peaceful Fradley Junction back. The gravel extraction will alter this visually as well as dust and noise it will loose a lot of appeal.
Sadly this pending change has seen my good neighbour Mandy of NB Don't Panic jump mooring and is off to pastures new on the Shroppie. A good move as the mooring there allows cars to the mooring and has water on tap, plus we all know how beautiful the Shroppie is. So there will be a 50 foot mooring available soon - lets see who we get !
This post was sponsored by C&RT who sent me my mooring reminder note today.... gone up 3.4% As I type this UK inflation is 2.7% .... The cost to moor my 60 foot boat is £1885, reduced this year by a prompt payment discount of 10% to £1696. In future years they are removing the discount !
Its a lot of money for no water on site, no hook up no internet no grass cutting - just a place to put your boat behind a gate, but it is cheaper than a marina and is a nice place - at the moment. I have my name down for the same moorings as Mandy, not sure of the cost. They are closer to the cottage, but have a limited cruising options especially now with the breach on the Middlewich branch.
I still may opt for a marina mooring when the time comes, with the thought being when we will be on the boat we will be cruising. It'll be either KingsBromley, Great Haywood or Aston. The latter two being closer to home and on on of my favourite stretches of canal between Great Haywood and Stone. Problem is they are pushing another £800 more a year - that is a lot of cash for a poor retired bloke ! Kings Bromley is a nicer marina less commercial but the wrong side of Rugely but the right side of Fradley (and they offer a first year 20% relocation discount.
Still while the fields are fields opposite we will stay put plus with plans changing the location may be the best....more on that later.