Berkshire

Illegal mooring boat owners face Thames and Kennet ban

Boat owners who have been illegally mooring their vessels for more than 24 hours on the rivers Thames and Kennet have been served with court orders.

The order affects craft owners at Kings Meadow, Chestnut Walk and behind the Queen's Road car park in Reading.

Reading Borough Council said it was responding to complaints of anti-social behaviour by some of the owners.

The order either bans them altogether from those sites or for periods of no longer than 24 hours, the council said.

Ongoing review

Richard Willis, lead councillor for transport and strategic planning, said: "Despite repeated warnings some boat owners have ignored rules that restrict their mooring rights.

"The only recourse to repeated infringements of the rules was to seek court action and the council has now obtained a ruling that confirms the stance that has been taken.

"I hope that all owners will now respect the legal position and that further action will not be required."

The court orders were obtained at a Reading Crown Court hearing on 12 July.

A spokeswoman added: "The council will continue to monitor the moorings and those who overstay their welcome, will have action taken against them."

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