Oxford area moorings agreements

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edward surridge

Dear Environment Agency,

Please share via this site all pertinent information pertinent to mooring agreements with organisations, companies and induviduals in and within 4 miles of Oxford city limit.

Yours faithfully,

Edward Surridge

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

Dear Edward,

Thank you for your enquiry regarding moorings in Oxford.

For your information, I have passed your query to our local External Relations Team (Planning and Corporate Services) for advice. They will check whether we hold this information and they will be in touch with you shortly.

The External Relations team have 20 working days from the date we receive your enquiry to provide a response, and they will get this to you as soon as possible.

Should you wish to contact them in the meantime, their details are below. Please quote your Enquiry Ref 120306/SC22 in your correspondence with us.

External Relations
Planning and Corporate Services
Environment Agency
South East Region, West Thames Area
Redkite House
Howbery Park
WALLINGFORD
OX10 8BD
Tel: 03708 506506

If we can be of further assistance, please contact us again.

Kind Regards,

Simon Cutts
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WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Surridge

 

RE: Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) our ref. WT4240

 

On the 5 March 2012 you asked us to “please share via this site all
information pertinent to mooring agreements with organisations, companies
and individuals in and within 4 miles of Oxford city limit”.

 

Requests for information that is recorded are generally governed by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The information you have requested
is environmental and is therefore exempt from the provisions of the FOIA
by section 39(1).  We have therefore considered your request under the
provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). The
information supplied is subject to the attached notice.

 

There are a number of different types of moorings arrangements relevant to
your request.  For clarity we have separated these with an explanation of
each.  We have included wider or background information where we feel it
is helpful and relevant to your request.  All numerical data we have
provided is for the area of the river between Eynsham Lock and Abingdon
Lock. 

 

Licenses issued by the Environment Agency for mooring structures in the
Thames

 

We licence mooring piles, landing stages, slipways and other structures
that encroach in to the Thames the under section 60 of the Thames
Conservancy Act 1932. These structures are known as ‘accommodations’.  A
copy of our Thames Accommodations Licensing Policy is attached.

 

There are 47 licensed accommodations on this part of the river.  This
number does not include boats moored directly to riparian owners riverbank
because there is no requirement for these moorings to be licensed.  This
total also excludes any unlicensed structure used to moor a boat, as we
have not issued a licence for these and do not hold this information.

 

We have not provided you with copies of each individual licence.  We would
not disclose personal data on the licence, including names and addresses
of the licence holders because it would be in breach of the first
principle of the Data Protection Act 1998.  With personal data removed, we
would effectively be sending you multiple copies of standard licence
conditions.  We have therefore attached a copy of our standard
accommodations licence conditions that we hope will provide you with the
information you require. 

 

Permits issued to individuals or organisations to moor boats at
Environment Agency owned Lock Sites

 

We provide base moorings for boats at Eynsham, for the summer months only,
and Kings, Godstow and Iffley Locks on an annual basis.  We currently
have13 boats using these moorings.  As above, we have not sent you copies
of each mooring agreement but attach our standard conditions for mooring
that all of our base mooring customer sign up to.

 

Tickets can also be purchased to moor boats overnight from £6.00 per day
at the following lock sites: Abingdon, Sandford, Kings and Eynsham.  These
can be booked in advance and are allocated on a first come first served
basis as space allows. Overnight customers agree to comply with conditions
set on the back of the mooring ticket for the duration of their stay.

 

Agreements between the Environment Agency and other riparian land owners
to manage moorings

 

We currently have no specific agreements in place with organisations,
companies or individuals to manage or operate moorings on each others
behalf in this area.  We have published a fact sheet and moorings position
statement (both attached) to help all boaters and riparian owners
understand their rights and responsibilities relating to moorings on the
Thames.

 

We are currently in discussions with the owner of the bank immediately
upstream of Godstow Lock to assist them in making this mooring available
for all boaters.  The outcomes of these discussions may result in us
playing a role managing the mooring, but the plans are not yet finalised
so we are not able to share any details because no written agreement is in
place. 

 

Unlawfully Moored Boats Enforcement Group (UMBEG)

 

We are a member of the Unlawfully Moored Boats Enforcement Group.  This
Group is led by Oxford City Council and also includes representatives of
British Waterways, Thames Valley Police and landowners in the Oxford area
who have an operational role in managing moorings on the river.  We attach
a briefing note about UMBEG that was written when the group was formed in
2010.  Please note the name of the group has since changed from illegal
moored to unlawfully moored Enforcement Group. The Memorandum of
Understanding referred to in medium term objectives is not in place.  We
have redacted this briefing note to withhold information that would
prejudice the effective running of the UMBEG group if made public (section
30 FOIA 2000).  The group recognise the actions of one will have
implications for others, so working together is the only way we can manage
the river for all. Through this group we have agreed mooring information
signs in Oxford will have partnership branding.  The UMBEG meetings are
closed so to not compromise the delivery of the groups work but members of
the public are invited to make representations.

 

Oxford Canal Partnership

 

We are also a member of the Oxford City Canal Partnership.  This group has
a strategic role in developing and promoting the local waterways.  Mooring
policy is an issue relevant to this group.  The minutes are available on
the Inland Waterways Association website. 

 

River Thames Alliance and the Waterway Plan

 

We act as secretariat for the River Thames Alliance (RTA).  This is a
partnership made up of riparian local authorities and other organisation
to co-ordinate plans to rejuvenate the River Thames.   The RTA has
published the Thames Wateway Plan (copy attached).  Specific mooring
policies can be found on pages 60, 61 and 67 of the attached plan. 

 

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Yours Sincerely

 

 

Helen Page

 

External Relations Team Leader

 

West Thames, South East

 

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edward surridge

Dear WT Enquiries,

Thank you for your response.

I think it reasonable and lawfull for you to supply to me (with the personal identifying information removed)
the moorings that are currently authorised by the E.A. within Oxford city limits. i request the costs of the moorings and length of vessel if available.

The reason for this is to forward the idea of moorings where thought possitive on the river.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Surridge

WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

Thank you for your enquiry that is being dealt with by our External
Relations team in West Thames area.  

 

We will respond to your enquiry as soon as we can.  Where possible we will
provide a full response within 10 working days.  Should we require further
information to deal with your request, or we require payment, we will
endeavour to contact you within a couple of days.  Please be aware that
when we are receiving large numbers of enquires or your request is more
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Nick Brown left an annotation ()

Redacted paragraphs as follows:

Early Evictions

In parallel with the preparatory work above, early action has been taken against IMBs in the highest priority ‘hotspot’ area. This is the southern strip of Castle Mill Stream to the east of the railway line and running adjacent to the canal terminus. In this location, a combination of physical works and enforcement letters have now virtually cleared the strip of IMBs. In tandem with the creation of a new landing stage, piles have been driven into the Stream bed and a boom is to be erected shortly. Enforcement letters were sent to each IMB occupier at the same time.

Fiddlers Island

RUG and others have raised concerns recently about IMBs at Fiddlers Island. It seems that most of the IMBs originally in the above strip of Castle Mill Stream have now moved to the western bank of Fiddlers Island and it is believed that there are now around 13 boats moored there in 3 distinct groups along the western bank of the Island. It is understood that some IMB residents have also spilled their equipment and effects on to the bank, including the towpath. This has had a detrimental effect upon the amenity value of the area.

This location will be the next to be targeted by IMBEG on completion of the actions on the Castle Mill Stream. Work is currently ongoing to establish the ownership of all relevant land.

(Always pleased to be of service...)

edward surridge left an annotation ()

Mr Brown does not supply information pertinent or helpful to the stated aims of this request.

A question could be be "why clutter this site?"

WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Surridge

 

Re: Authorised moorings in Oxford City our ref. WT4652

 

On 4 April 2012 you requested we supply you with information on the
moorings that are currently authorised by the E.A within Oxford City
limits, including the costs of the moorings and length of vessel if
available. 

 

You've asked for this information, having received our response to your
Freedom of Information request for information pertinent to mooring
agreements (our reference WT4240).  We do not hold the information you are
now requesting because we do not authorise or licence all moorings on the
river.  Riparian owners generally have the right to use the riverbank they
own for mooring.  The ability to authorise the mooring of boats lies with
individual landowners.

 

In our previous response we explained that we licence structures known as
accommodations, that are sometimes required to moor a boat or to provide
access to the river.  We only issue licenses to those riparian owners who
install structures to their river frontage.  The requirements of this
licensing regime do not extend to the licence holder advising us
whether the structure is in use, or by which boat or boats.  Whilst we
therefore know where there are authorised structures, we do not hold live
information about how they are used.  Neither do we hold information about
all sections of riverbank that are used for mooring, without licensable
structures.  

 

The only information we can provide to you is for the 6 base moorings
(non residential)  we  authorise on land that we own.  I attach a copy of
our standard tariff information.  We currently have the following
agreements in place in Oxford City:

 

Iffley Lock

Boat A   length 4.2m - moored 12 months - tariff 2 open less 25% discount
youth/training - £168.85

Boat B   length 8.3m - moored 12 months - tariff 2 -  £1483.04

Boat C  length 3.9 - moored 12 months - tariff 2  open less 25% discount
youth/training - £156.79

Boat D  length 4.9m - moored  12 months - tariff 2  open less 25% discount
youth/training - £196.99

Boat E (unpowered boat)  - moored 12 months - tariff 2 less 25% discount
youth/training - £ 167.51

 

Godstow Lock

Boat F  length 6m - moored 12 months - tariff 1  less 25% -  £670.14 (VAT
inclusive)

 

We also operate short stay moorings immediately upstream of Iffley lock
and on East Street moorings upstream of Osney Lock.  The charges for these
moorings are displayed on site; the cost is the same for boats of all
sizes; Free for the first 24 hours, then £5 per day for up to 72 hours,
then £50 per day thereafter.

 

I regret we are not able to provide you with the level of detail you
require to progress your ideas for moorings on the river and if this
wasn't clear in our previous response.   If you require any further
explanation your are welcome to contact us by telephone on 01491 828310. 
If you are still not satisfied following this, you can then make an appeal
to the information Commissioner, who is the statutory regulator for the
Freedom of Information.  The address is: Office of the information
Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 

Tel. 01625 545700

Fax. 01625 524510

E-mail:[email address]

Website: http/www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Helen Page

External Relations Team Leader

West Thames, South East

 

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Dear WT Enquiries,

    

Thank you for your response.

     

I think it reasonable and lawfull for you to supply to me (with the
personal identifying information removed)the moorings that are currently
authorised by the E.A. within Oxford city limits. i request the costs of
the moorings and length of vessel if available.

    

The reason for this is to forward the idea of moorings where thought
positive on the river.

    

Yours sincerely,

    

Edward Surridge

 

 

 

 

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