Since the London borough of Richmond introduced a bye – law outlawing illegal mooring on their side of the river, we have been experiencing the fallout. More and more boats are mooring on our side of the river and causing damage to the river banks as well as leaving litter and causing other anti-social behaviour.
MRA Councillors, thanks to the eagle eyes of our residents, have been working with the Council to try to deter these moorings and provide a long term solution .The difficulty is who owns the land and whose responsibility it is to manage these illegal moorings. The Environment Agency owns the vast majority with the Council only short stretches of riverbank. In the short term, the Council has been warning moored boats that they must leave within 24 hours and if not, then they are using the same approach that is used to respond to traveller unauthorised camps.
We have been informed that discussions have taken place to utilise recent Government legislation to arrive a long term solution and full credit should be given to the EBC officers who have responded positively to our concerns.
We will keep residents informed as the situation develops but be assured we are on the case