Views needed on new borough-wide moorings byelaw

Residents are being asked to give their views to Hounslow Council on a proposed byelaw to prevent unauthorised mooring of boats along the banks of the River Thames in the borough.

Published: Friday, 4th August 2017

Image of boats moored in Brentford.

Residents are being asked to give their views to Hounslow Council on a proposed byelaw to prevent unauthorised mooring of boats along the banks of the River Thames in the borough.

The byelaw would enable the Council to restrict and control the mooring of boats along areas of Hounslow’s riverbanks with an aim to stop unauthorised mooring which causes problems to those boat owners who have prior approval from the Council.

Problems caused by unauthorised moorings include:

  • Inability to move the boats without resorting to lengthy legal action
  • Appearance/condition of the boats which is a nuisance to the area
  • Illegal and anti-social behaviour
  • Interference with residents/visitors to enjoy the public open space

Many owners are using the boats as either permanent or as rentals accommodation, meaning the unauthorised boat owners are profiting at the Council’s expense.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “Boats that are moored unlawfully are being unfair to those owners who pay their mooring fees and those who visit our waterways.

“This consultation will give us a platform from which we can develop the byelaw to prevent unauthorised moorings.

“There is a huge amount of regeneration taking place in Hounslow and we want to make sure we have a clean, safe and accessible environment that can be enjoyed by all.”

To give your views please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/consultations the consultation runs until Friday 3 November.