A not for distributable profit company limited by guarantee - Registered in England Company No. 09550359

The ever rising price of property and cost of rent ashore has led to an unwanted and ongoing explosion of unsightly illegal online houseboat moorings.The RTA are working hard to help resolve this moorings issue

The Police have the unenviable task of trying to enforce recently introduced bylaws regarding illegal moorings but the real answer is not force but alternative choices.The RTA are working hard to help.

A Busy Day On The River

The Lock Keepers are an invaluable resource on the Thames. RTA is a member of the working group of EA River Manager, Lock Staff and boaters, all working hard now to improve services.

The moorings outside all of the locks must be reserved for safe navigation of vessels. The hard pressed Lock Keepers along with their volunteers do their best. The RTA thanks them all for all of their help and assistance.

The cost of a craft like this is sensational and if the Navigation and Moorings problems are not resolved soon then owners will disappear elsewhere.The RTA work hard to keep the marine trade buoyant.

   All Overseen By Mr Barry Russell M.B.E.

River Thames Division issues are all managed and coordinated by the E.A.’s Senior Manager and active RTA Board Advisor Mr. Barry Russell MBE.

Moorings & Illegal Moorings  Trade

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust protects wildlife

and enhances iconic landscapes across our three counties. We look after 86 nature reserves, run events, speak up for wildlife and inspire thousands of children to discover the joys of the natural world.

Support our work by donating just £5 a month.

Free Town Centre Wi-Fi Delivered  by Henley Town Council Click on any image to visit that website

Waterways Plan - ACTION POINTS 2015 /21

A living evolving document subject to changes

SECTION E: Navigation and Moorings

35. This Waterways Plan has been prepared on the assumption that current levels of service on the non-tidal Thames will be maintained by the Environment Agency. If that ceases to be the case, RTA will campaign for the maintenance of high levels of stewardship, including the necessary dredging and lock service so that the river remains navigable for recreational boats.

36. RTA will not take up a position on the transfer of the non-tidal navigation to the Canal and River Trust unless and until the terms of transfer are made clear. When those terms become known,RTA will consult supporters.

37. RTA attaches considerable importance to resolving the problem of unauthorised moorings in all its aspects. RTA is concerned that too little reliable information is available on the extent and nature of the mooring problem which is also, in many respects, a social housing problem. Therefore RTA will approach supporters, other authorities, NGOs and housing charities to fund research to establish the numbers involved, their location and why the occupants chose to live on the Thames. When available, the results will be presented to a special conference of riparian land owners, local authorities, EA and other interested parties. This conference will be used as the basis for a fresh attempt to develop a strategy that will apply along the length of the non-tidal Thames.

38. To facilitate the development of an effective strategy, a multi-agency report into the mooring situation should also be commissioned. The report should aim to produce costed proposals that would ensure consistency and will avoid itinerant boaters playing one local authority or landowner off against another.

39. RTA will continue to aim for a best practice framework that brings together interested parties including EA, Councils, landowners and boaters. A particular priority will be given to the better provision of waste disposal facilities for visiting boats. RTA will advise supporters of what is being accomplished and how miscreants are called to account.

40. RTA will lobby Government to ensure that EA has the power to undertake river enforcement covering all the river banks subject to cost recovery and including the right to use fixed penalty notices. Enforcement must allow removal and impounding both of abandoned boats and the boats of persistent offenders. It should also include removal of dilapidated boats, the marking of sunken vessels and effective control of the discharging of waste.

41. Local byelaws and rules in respect of overstaying on transient moorings must be enforced. Provision of temporary moorings for events is necessary but short moorings or mooring up in locations that are clearly not suitable for mooring should not be allowed. Acceptance of free or nightly charges should be accepted with the ability to enforce through civil law as necessary.

42. The scope of Boat Safety Certificates should be broadened to cover Houseboats.

NOTE: The Waterways Plan is a living evolving document that is subject to change

Certain assumptions have been made.

For the period of the Plan, the Environment Agency is expected to continue as the river authority for the non-tidal Thames and funding is assumed to continue at about its current level.

If these or other assumptions prove to be incorrect, or the effects of the nations BREXIT decision impacts significantly, this living Plan will be revised.

The Waterways Plan will continue to help determine the future policy of RTA and its working groups whilst giving the RTA the necessary authority to lobby and influence the relevant statutory, non-statutory and political bodies.

The success of the new Waterways Plan will depend on effective implementation. Some of these Actions can be progressed but RTA’s capacity is limited and a comprehensive Action Programme is required with RTA supporters coming forward to take on a leadership role in organising implementation of particular parts of the Programme. Working Group Leaders and their related delivery groups - please volunteer.


The Thames is an iconic river and the river basin is home to nearly 20 million people with many more

millions passing through the each year.  Inevitably the river is subject to conflicting demands from

residents, users, tourists, industry, agriculture, sport, and the need to maintain a good environment for

nature as well as for humans. The new Waterways Plan aims to try to resolve and mitigate some of these conflicts and to promise an even better River Thames for all of our future generations.

The RTA it Supporters, Sponsors ad Volunteers will continue to work hard to ensure the success of the Waterways Plan and its 2020 Vision programme.