Illegal moorings in the Borough
We are aware of an increase in boats moored without permission along the River Thames. The River has a complex range of land owners, and only the owners of the land that the boats are moored on can take action against an illegal mooring. Land owners could include the Environment Agency, Network Rail or in a minority of recent cases Elmbridge Borough Council. At this point the landowner could consider applying to the Courts for a possession order, or other powers under their jurisdiction.
The Environment Agency (EA) will seek to take action against any incidents of pollution in the river that are reported to them. If you witness any dumping of waste into the river you can report to the EA on their hotline 0800 807060 and the EA will investigate.
Latest update (November 2016)
We are working closely with the EA who are taking action against a number of illegally moored boats, most recently a hearing at Kingston County Court on Tuesday 8 November 2016 where the EA were successful with a claim for possession of land at Teddington and Molesey Locks.
The remaining boats in the Elmbridge area are not moored on Elmbridge owned land and as such the Council has no powers to move/evict but we continue to work with other agencies to try and resolve this issue.