The Environment Agency is tightening mooring restrictions at 22 locations along the non-tidal river.

The move follows a pilot scheme in which legislation designed for car parking was used to regulate short-stay mooring sites owned by the agency. The first included Oxford, above Osney lock, and Walton.

Now the civil procedures for enforcement are to be used at more locations from this month.

The sites will include Hurst Park, Walton Towpath, Walton, Gridley and Miskins, Weybridge Towpath, Desborough Island, Egham, Marlow, Goring, Wargrave (Lashbrook Moorings), Eynsham, Abingdon, Sonning, Boveney, Lechlade, and Kingston Wharf.

The agency is also considering extending the restrictions to Stevens Eyot between Teddington and Kingston and to the land between Molesey & Sunbury Locks.

At most locations  boaters are allowed to moor free for up to 24 hours but face an increasing mooring charge for subsequent days up to a maximum. Skippers face penalty charges and possible court action if the rules are ignored.

Meanwhile it has also been revealed that the agency carried out spot checks on suspected unauthorised river taxis at the Reading Festival and at the Rewind Festival near Henley.

The checks resulted in two boats at Reading being ordered to stop operating on the river and a further three at Rewind.

Story dated October 2nd 2015