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Kingston riverside enforcement

Kingston Council currently has two moorings, Horsefair Quay and Town End Pier, that allow vessels to moor for up to 24 hours. No mooring is permitted at the rest of the riverside in its ownership or management.

The council has powers following the service of a notice to remove unlawfully moored vessels from its land. In order to clarify and strengthen enforcement options we are proposing to amend the notices.

The proposal is to include provisions that if a vessel unlawfully moors on council land and has been served a valid notice, if it then returns to any council land within six months of the date of issue and the notice period has expired the vessel can be removed without further warning or notice

Problems caused by unauthorised and unlawful moorings include:

  • Inability to move the boats without resorting to lengthy and costly legal action.
  • Appearance/condition of the boats which is a nuisance to the area.
  • Illegal and anti-social behaviour.
  • Sites not being appropriate or equipped for long term and/or residential mooring.
  • Interference with residents/visitors to enjoy the public open space.

Some owners are using the boats as either permanent residence or as rentals accommodation, which means the boat owners who are unlawfully mooring their vessels are profiting at the council’s expense.

Proposed changes intend to:

  • address the problems
  • welcome authorised users to council-owned water frontages
  • prevent unauthorised mooring
  • encourage users to moor at safe areas along watercourses
  • discourage anti-social behaviour along its water frontages.

Please let us know your thoughts by filling in our short survey below.


Kingston Council currently has two moorings, Horsefair Quay and Town End Pier, that allow vessels to moor for up to 24 hours. No mooring is permitted at the rest of the riverside in its ownership or management.

The council has powers following the service of a notice to remove unlawfully moored vessels from its land. In order to clarify and strengthen enforcement options we are proposing to amend the notices.

The proposal is to include provisions that if a vessel unlawfully moors on council land and has been served a valid notice, if it then returns to any council land within six months of the date of issue and the notice period has expired the vessel can be removed without further warning or notice

Problems caused by unauthorised and unlawful moorings include:

  • Inability to move the boats without resorting to lengthy and costly legal action.
  • Appearance/condition of the boats which is a nuisance to the area.
  • Illegal and anti-social behaviour.
  • Sites not being appropriate or equipped for long term and/or residential mooring.
  • Interference with residents/visitors to enjoy the public open space.

Some owners are using the boats as either permanent residence or as rentals accommodation, which means the boat owners who are unlawfully mooring their vessels are profiting at the council’s expense.

Proposed changes intend to:

  • address the problems
  • welcome authorised users to council-owned water frontages
  • prevent unauthorised mooring
  • encourage users to moor at safe areas along watercourses
  • discourage anti-social behaviour along its water frontages.

Please let us know your thoughts by filling in our short survey below.