EA ap­peals in li­cens­ing case

RIVER THAMES

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THE EN­VI­RON­MENT AGENCY’S le­gal bat­tle with Thames boaters over the need for reg­is­tra­tion (li­cens­ing) of boats that never leave off­line mari­nas has con­tin­ued af­ter the Agency lodged an ap­peal af­ter los­ing the first round.

As re­ported in our Jan­uary is­sue, the EA’s at­tempt to use a 1932 Act of Par­lia­ment to force 22 boaters based in Thames & Ken­net and Pen­ton Hook mari­nas to reg­is­ter their craft was dis­missed in a Read­ing court case. The judge said the EA, which had tried un­suc­cess­fully in 2004 to get Par­lia­ment to ex­tend its li­cens­ing pow­ers to ‘ad­ja­cent wa­ters’, was now try­ing to do so “by the back door”.

How­ever, the Agency has de­cided to take it to the next level. Nav­i­ga­tion Man­ager An­drew Gra­ham said: “Un­less and un­til we have a High Court de­ci­sion that re­quires us to change our po­si­tion, we re­main of the view that all mari­nas con­nected to the main chan­nel of the River Thames form part of the river as de­fined by the Thames Con­ser­vancy Act 1932.”

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