Illegal moorings 'ruining' Boulters Lock in Maidenhead

Boulters Lock in Maidenhead
Image caption Residents have complained about boats at Boulters Lock in Maidenhead

Illegally moored boats are spoiling one of the prettiest stretches of the Thames in Berkshire, according to Windsor and Maidenhead Council.

The authority wants boats which blight the Boulters Lock area cleared away.

The council has said it will work with the Environment Agency to remove unlicensed craft from its property.

Mathew Carter, of the Environment Agency said only a small minority of the 28,000 boat owners on the Thames were flouting regulations.

Councillor Simon Dudley, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "People living in and visiting this part of Maidenhead are totally fed up with the way these boats, some of them apparently abandoned, are ruining a beautiful stretch of the Thames.

"We are confident that we can not only take action where boats are moored illegally on council property but also find ways of resolving other issues that people have complained about."

The Environment Agency is currently writing to about 500 boat owners along the entire stretch of the Thames who do not have the necessary permits.

The agency has powers to fine boat owners up to £1,000 if they are found to be flouting regulations.

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