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					                     RIVER THAMES ALLIANCE
           MOORINGS SUB GROUP
                          (Chairman Michael Shefras)

Commencing with the initial work on the “Thames Ahead” process it
was always recognised that the provision of both permanent and
temporary moorings was fundamental to the development of the River
Thames.

The RTA are the appropriate body to take the process forward and a
wide selection of stakeholders where invited to attended a successful
meeting held on 30 January, 2008.

A full note of the meeting was published and circulated*. It called for
various actions listed at the end of this paper.

To forward necessary actions, it is proposed to issue consultation
papers on each of the actions.

                 CONSULTATION PAPER NUMBER ONE
                                 CHARGES
               (1. CONSISTENT MOORING POLICY – CHARGES)

     A paper developed by Michael Shefras in co-operation with Angela Quayle


OBJECTIVES OF THIS PAPER

To set a pattern that might be applied by all the differing
bodies offering TEMPORARY moorings on the length of the
River Thames.

(Note: By temporary moorings this paper is referring to those moorings
made available for boaters who are away from their permanent moorings
either on the Thames or from other navigations in the UK or abroad.)


1.       TARIFF

1.1      There are many sizes of boats. The suggestion as a principle the cost of
         overnight mooring be based on the length of the boats. (Note: Based on EA
         2008 prices.)

                        LENGTH OF BOAT           NO SERVICES       WITH SERVICES
          1.       0 – 6.9 Metres
          2,       7 – 12 Metres
          3.       Over 12 Metres

1.2      The length of the boat is not Thames measurement, but should be taken from
         the stern of any dinghy or davit to any protruding anchor from the bow.
1.3    ‘NO SERVICES’ is to be understood that the mooring is alongside either a
       made up bank or appropriate alongside bank, with or without mooring bollards
       or rings.

1.3.1 There may or may not be waste disposal facilities.

1.4    ‘WITH SERVICES’ is to be taken to mean that there they are proper
       moorings with suitable mooring bollards; the availability of power and water
       (although they might have to be paid for as used), and certainly waste
       disposal.

2.     BETTER UTILISATION OF THE MOORING
2.1    Boaters are requested to moor efficiently to make the best use of the space.
       Advice will be given on the signage to encourage this practice.

2.2    From the bow of each boat a recommended 1.5 metre space is left, and boaters
       will be requested to moor within these parameters even if they have to move.
       Should space be made available by such actions boats might be asked to
       accommodate a late moorer.

3.     RAFTING OUT

3.1    There is and always be a limited alongside mooring. The accepted policy on
       the Thames since 2005, as is common on the coast and in Europe, is to raft
       out.

3.2    There are boating protocols to be followed:

3.2.1 Where ever possible raft out on a similar type and size of boat

3.2.2 Always make contact with the host boat where practical and discuss the
      mooring.

3.2.3 Always take shore lines to take the weight of your boat of the host boat.

3.2.4 If the stream conditions allow it is sometimes good practice to moor the other
      way to protect the privacy of aft decks.

3.3    Approximately 15% discount rounded off each boat tariff will be acceptable.

4.     PAYMENT
4.1     It is getting more and less cost effective to manually collect mooring fees.

4.2    Investigation will commence in finding convenient ways to collect the
       mooring fees by mobile telephone.

4.3    As an example to pay for parking in Westminster a motorist has to phone to
       book the space giving the parking area, paying by credit card.
4.3.1 Confirmation of the price paid and the time allowed follows by a text message.

4.4    One suggestion could be that the EA or another agency has designated
       telephone number for a moorer to phone.

4.4.1 All the various providers could use the same agency and the income less the
      cost of management could be distributed at appropriate times.

4.5    There would be no charge for shopping, but any boat moored at 1800 each day
       would be expected to pay.

4.5.1 A system of spot checks would have to be devised

5.     SIGNAGE
5.1    Each mooring will have the same instruction. An example for discussion

 THIS IS A TEMPORARY SHORT TERM MOORING PROVIDED BY
                      ENVIRONMENT AGENCY*

              THIS IS A NON SERVICE MOORING**

                MAXIMUM OF TWO NIGHT OCCUPANCY

             PLEASE MAKE BEST USE OF AVAILABLE SPACE

                   ALLOW A MAXIMUM OF 1.5M
               BETWEEN BOW TO STERN OF EACH BOAT

       MOOERS ARE EXPECTED TO CO-OPERATE IN MAKING
              BEST USE OF THE AVAILABLE SPACE

      MOORERS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE ONE OR MORE
                        BOATS ALONG SIDE
         (Number boats allowed to raft on this mooring ?)
 NOTE: If arriving after the host boat(s) have already paid the rafted
     boat will advise when mooring and appropriate discounts will
      be arranged, with the host boat or boats being recompensed)

IF THERE ARE NO REFUSE FACILITIES AT THE MOORING BOATERS
      ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THEIR RUBBISH TO A DESIGATED
           DISPOSAL SIGHT SITUATED ON VARIOUS LOCKS

                     PAYMENT IS MADE BY PHONING
                          ????????????????
            YOU ARE MOORED ON MOORING NUMBER ?????
             (From time to time mooring Inspectors/balifs will
                    Spot check and monitor payments)

 PAYMENT FOR MOORINGS MUST BE BETWEEN 1600 - 2000 HOURS
          OR BETWEEN 0800 – 1000 THE FOLLOWING DAY

(** Note: If it is a With Service Mooring it will specify)

6.      PROGRESS OF THIS PAPER

6.1     This consultation paper will be tabled at the EA Thames Water Ways Working
        Group on Monday 3 March, 2008. It will be explained but not discussed.

6.2     It is hoped that it could be debated and agreed at the next WWG meeting to be
        held on Friday 27 June, 2008.

6.2     It will be presented to the RTA Management Committee meeting to be held on
        Monday 10 March.

6.3     It will be circulated to all those present at the initial meeting of the sub group
        with the request that its content be considered as a consultation document.

6.4     Consultation period will be until the end of July, 2008 with comment and
        suggestions to michael@shefras.demon.co.uk

6.4     The final document will be an agenda item for a further meeting of the
        Moorings Sub Group in September 2008, with the a final policy be available
        to be taken up by all members of RTA who provide moorings

6.5     The programme could start to be rolled out from the season 2009!

6.6     Investigation into the best agency to collect payment will commence

7.      SCHEDULE OF ACTION POINTS FROM MEETING
        NOTES

7.1      CONISTENT MOORING POLICY                                   Item 1

7,1.1     Mooring Charging Policy         Bullet 1         EA      Consultation Paper 1
                                                         Michael
                                                         Shefras
          Kingston                        Bullet 2        Jason
                                                         Debney

          Pubs, Hotels, Restaurants       Bullet 3   ?



7.2      QUANTIFY THE PROBLEM                                       Item 2

7.2.1     Lock Traffic Figures            Bullet 1        EA

          Hot Spots                       Bullet 2        EA
         Association Moorings          Bullet 3      ATYC

         New moorings by               Bullet 4        ?
         Landowners

7.3     MANAGE EXISTING MOORINGS                                 Item 3
7.3.1   Enforcement River Wide Bullet 1               EA

        Share Enforcement            Bullet 2     EA/Providers
        information
        Find more visitor moorings   Bullet 3     EA/Providers

7.4     CASE FOR MORE VISITOR MOORINGS                           Item 4

7.4.1   BMF Research                 Bullet 1        Paul
                                                   Wagstaffe
        Importance of Boating for    Bullet 2       IWAC
        the wider public
        Wallingford/SODC good        Bullet 3      EA/John
        practice                                    Dalton
        Health and Safety Issues     Bullet 4     EA Guidance




* NOTE:     Notes of the meeting can be obtained from the EA using
        angela.quayle@environment-agency.gov.uk

To find out more of the process or make contribution to any of the
      consultations please contact michael@shefras.demon.co.uk
      or angela.quayle@environment-agency.gov.uk


Prepared by Michael Shefras 1000 – 29 February, 2008

				
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