Moorings bylaw application approved by Richmond Council

Richmond Council plans a crackdown on illegal boat moorings after launching an application to put a bylaw to restrict boats shoring up along the banks of the Thames.

Council members agreed to apply for the new bylaw so that will give it the power to prosecute people tying up vessels without permission.

By restricting prolonged periods of illegal mooring the river can be opened up to other boat users.

Councillor Virginia Morris, Richmond’s cabinet member for environment said she was delighted the council had taken action.

She said: “We consulted the public on the best way to tackle this and I believe the bylaw is the right way forward and, given time, will enable all boat users to rightfully enjoy the Thames.”

A bylaw was drafted following a public consultation where residents raised concern about illegally moored boats clogging up the riverbank. The council and police said they had regular nuisance and antisocial behaviour complaints related to the unauthorised boats creating litter, noise and intimidating other residents by having unleashed dogs.

If the secretary of state agrees it will become a criminal offence, prosecutable in magistrates’ court, to moor in restricted areas. A decision on whether the bylaw will be made enforceable is expected to be made in the next 12 months.

For details about moorings in Richmond, call 08456 122660.

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9:45am Sat 9 Jun 12

edrandall says...

A couple of years back I was able to enjoy a pleasant afternoon's angling with my son along the river just upstream of Teddington; This is sadly no longer possible due to these illegally moored boats and the menace of their aggressive dogs. I will be glad to see this new law enforced once it is FINALLY in place.
A couple of years back I was able to enjoy a pleasant afternoon's angling with my son along the river just upstream of Teddington; This is sadly no longer possible due to these illegally moored boats and the menace of their aggressive dogs. I will be glad to see this new law enforced once it is FINALLY in place. edrandall
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12:19am Mon 11 Jun 12

Gareth_Roberts says...

The question remains will Cllr Virginia Morris take steps to act on the unanimous view of the Regulatory Committee that, until such time as the bye-law is passed, the council should use such powers as it currently has at its disposal to make life difficult for these illegal moorers.

In Hampton the riverbank is festooned with possessions of the illegally moored boats. The council can't touch the boats but they can insist on the possessions being kept on the boats or threaten to seize and remove. We have assurances from the police that they would support such actions.

Even low level actions would be appreciated by residents as at the moment illegal mooring in Richmond is a pretty cushy little billet.
The question remains will Cllr Virginia Morris take steps to act on the unanimous view of the Regulatory Committee that, until such time as the bye-law is passed, the council should use such powers as it currently has at its disposal to make life difficult for these illegal moorers. In Hampton the riverbank is festooned with possessions of the illegally moored boats. The council can't touch the boats but they can insist on the possessions being kept on the boats or threaten to seize and remove. We have assurances from the police that they would support such actions. Even low level actions would be appreciated by residents as at the moment illegal mooring in Richmond is a pretty cushy little billet. Gareth_Roberts
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