Kings Cross is a densely populated place. People from all walks of life live cheek by jowl. Occasionally frictions will arise due to this proximity and, over the years a body of rules has built up to enable harmonious co-existence without infringing unduly on peoples rights and encouraging some give and take. Quite often on this website people raise problems with us and we air them, usually getting both sides of the argument. There’s discussion in the comments on a recent post about canals (see panorama picture above for moorings last Friday) and a local resident has got in touch with the following which encapsulates a range of issues:
‘regarding the smoke pollution emanating at face level from canal barges moored up alongside residents` houses and flats (between Thornhill Bridge and Maiden Bridge).
Today, in our communal gardens the stink of smoke was particularly bad, so I took a photo of one of the offending smoke stacks.
The owner emerged from his cabin. When I put it to him that London was under an air pollution alert, and that his smoke was drifting into our gardens , flats and houses, he became immensely aggressive, ranting a lot of gibberish about the pollution being caused by `your power stations` and that I was intruding upon his private way of life and he was calling the police etc etc etc.
So you can see the problem of nil enforcement of existing laws and the failure to provide barge users with adequate mooring, electrical power points, staged and assisted introduction of electric motors, refuse collection – and so on.
I hope that you can use this to support the movement to unblock the log-jam preventing canal users and canal side residents from living harmoniously and healthily alongside each other.
And why are barges no longer permitted to moor up alongside the St Martins development? So as not to spoil the view?
Regards, resident who wants the right to breath smoke free air……….’
The canal is an integral part of Kings Cross and it’s no accident that a canal museum is here. The canals enabled the industrial transformation of the area. I have sympathy with people who live on boats, but in urban areas the clean air act and noise nuisance reflect real issues that crop up time and time again in Kings Cross. And an unwillingness to accommodate new neighbours where you choose to moor, regardless of how limited mooring choices may be is not good.