For many years there has been disquiet with recreational overnight moorings being used by long term residential craft. This has caused concern to residents and recreational boaters and is of concern to local authorities and landowners from the source to at least Teddington.
With the cost of finding rental accommodation to purchase a boat to live on can be seen as an easy option.However this boat has to have a mooring and provision of services, i.e. water and sewage. With no electric hook up these boats typically rely on wood burners which are dangerous. -Boats burning wood which has not been dried properly is environmentally polluting.
Finding residential moorings is difficult at this time.The outcome is that these boats take moorings on public land, congregating in large groups.This prevents use of recreational moorings preventing tourism and trade.It also causes problems with disposal of rubbish and with the sound of generators.
The problem is river length on the non-tidal Thames from Teddington to Oxford.It has come to a head below Sunbury Lock where the tow path is being fenced off by boats moored on land owned by the EA and Elmbridge Council.
There are diverse groups complaining to their councils, MPs and EA.RTA Co Ltd provides an umbrella organisation where all these different groups can liaise.The situation will be discussed by boaters attending the Thames User Group (Navigation) (TUGn) meeting on 26 March, RTA Mooring Group meeting on 16 April and will be on the Agenda for the Thames All Party Parliamentary Group meeting on 30 April in Westminster.All Thames MPs are involved.
It is a serious growing problem and all endeavours have to be found to find answers.
15 March, 2019
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