(With apologies to Colin who suggested foul play and a con for blog traffic!! 😛 )
Just a reminder:
This was my second picture which I didn’t post previously because the angle was slightly different. The red ‘button’ is a buoy/boat fender that got left behind which you can just make out in the original picture.
You could argue that it wasn’t a full working week with the New Year Bank Holiday Monday, but it took 2 guys 4 days to disconnect and remove the blue electricity bollards. Those supplying water had already been removed before Christmas to save turning it off in freezing temperatures. There were only two or three to each pontoon line as they had long hose pipe reels attached.
No-one is working in the basin today****.
It’s raining could be one reason or simply they either don’t know which bit to attack next, or don’t have the heavy-duty equipment lined up yet.
The plan is (or was last time I heard it being discussed) for everything to be gutted, the basin dredged, the sides reinforced and then new wiring/cables/phone lines and pontoons installed to accommodate wide beams along the entrance (top left off the river), with the narrowboats, cruisers and vessels on brokerage inside the basin itself.
A lot of the narrowboat liveaboards have 50, 55, or even 60 foot boats, one is over 70 feet, so tying up on a forty foot finger is going to lead to a few short tempers I think.
Watch this space……….. I’m keeping a photo diary so the next stage may be quite dramatic!
Work may possibly continue next week according to the Marina Manager.