NEW COURT ACTION OVER MOORINGS
 

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Spelthorne Council has successfully prosecuted the owners of three illegally moored boats. Hearings held at Redhill Magistrates Court resulted in a total of £1400 in fines and £1050 in costs paid to the Council.

The Council had received complaints of some boaters persistently mooring in excess of the 24 hours permitted within a 48 hour period. Magistrates decided the defendants had moored in contravention of Spelthorne's Byelaws. None of the boaters was in court.

Andrew Jones of Bedfont was accused of illegally mooring his boat Driftwood 75 at a public mooring adjacent to Dockett Eddy Lane, Shepperton. Mr Jones who committed offences on three specific sets of dates in March and April 2015 was convicted, fined £600 and ordered to pay £450 in legal costs to the Council.

Philip Heather of Chertsey was accused of illegally mooring his boat Boleyn Castle at the same public mooring.  Mr Jones who committed offences on two sets of dates in March and April 2015 was convicted, fined £400 and ordered to pay £300 in legal costs to the Council.

Leigh Roy Bryant of Isleworth was fined £400 and ordered to pay £300 in legal costs. Mr Bryant had illegally moored his boat St George III at the public mooring at King’s Lawn, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames on two sets of dates in January and March 2015.

Cllr Vivienne Leighton, ward councillor for Shepperton Town said afterwards: "This demonstrates that Spelthorne Council will enforce the mooring byelaw by prosecuting those responsible. These three boat owners have been convicted and will have to pay their fines and costs.

" Enforcement officers continue to monitor the public mooring and the council is currently progressing further prosecution cases. I trust that this will serve as a strong deterrent to those who moor illegally by exceeding the permitted 24 hours.”

Story dated June 22nd 2015