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James Page



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PostSubject: River Thames Alliance mooring group meeting   Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:18 am

A TAC representative attended this meeting yesterday, its duration was over 3hrs, its subjects were all mooring related and its participants included the Mayor of Henley.
This group was started 4 years ago to face mooring challenges. In the current economic climate their priority is to deliver more for less.

A flagship project, Wallingford moorings was discussed.
19 tenders were received for the contract, this was whittled down to 7, with the contractor recommended by the EA gaining the contract.
The cost was £246,000, work was temporarily interrupted for a short period by a kingfisher looking for a nest site, and 2 red board days.
Its generated revenue was below forecasts, under £3000 for its first year, the improved revenue to local business's was impossible to ascertain, so a sum of £10,000 was guestimated.
However this new facility is used frequently by boaters, most dont stay overnight, so do not pay mooring fees.

Illegally moored boats were also discussed, surprisingly, despite this problem existing long before this association was formed, a joined up approach with the councils is yet to be achieved.
Spelthorne Council had achieved successful prosecutions against illegal moorers at Kings Lawn, Sunbury.
Oxford Council learn't from Reading Council, how to deal with illegal moorers.
Head of Parks for Richmond Council, said the illegal moorers above Teddington, were an increasing priority.
Carl Waters from the EA, said they had tried to address the problem with limited results, adding the Met Police had offered to assist.

Kingston Council would like more residential moorings, but cant afford them.

A new group/organisation was announced, to try to deal with illegally moored boats, involving councils, riverbank land owners and the EA.
Named the Unauthorised Moored Boat Enforcement Group. UMBEG, it aims to bring a unified response to the problem all along the river.

The Mayor of Henley praised the EA for the excellent job they do. Although not a boater herself, a recent trip in the great river race opened her eyes to our great river.
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PostSubject: Re: River Thames Alliance mooring group meeting   Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:36 am

From an anglers point of view.

All these subjects have existed for a very long time.
The boating community is patently unable to deal with a number of them.
All are discussed at River User Group meetings.
We've now got UMBEG, this mooring group, what's next, a group for using the correct rope.

When the chairman of a River User Group, was asked what his success's were during his 8 years of service.

He replied getting everyone together at the meeting, 7 years of which were without anglers involvement.

This same River User Group has been unable to supply agendas or minutes from their previous meetings, despite our repeated requests for many months.

Form your own opinions chaps, root around with google and see for yourselves.
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PostSubject: Re: River Thames Alliance mooring group meeting   Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:53 am

We are finding with all these groups that angling in not represented, or wasn't until the TAC got involved. Given the number of licences sold in the Thames region, the amount of money generated for the EA, it is long overdue that our voices are heard.

The TAC has applied for membership of the RTA so we are getting the message out.

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