A plan by a city council to issue on-the-spot fines for boaters mooring without permission has gone out for public consultation.

Oxford City Council  wants to impose a Public Spaces Protection Order across waterways within its boundaries – the Thames, Cherwell and the Oxford Canal.

The order would give council officers power to impose £100 fines or commence legal proceedings which could result in £1,000 court fines for unauthorised mooring or anti-social behaviour near the waterways.

It would cover the mooring by riverbanks without permission from riparian  landowners, obstructing paths or waterways, putting up structures or leaving rubbish and failing to control dogs.

The first phase of the consultation is expected to be completed in September.

A meeting last autumn of the city’s Unlawfully Moored Boats Enforcement Group, which has representatives of various organisations, heard there were a number of hotspots in Oxford.

These included areas where there were unlawfully moored boats or were known for anti-social behaviour. They included Castle Mill Stream, Folly Bridge, Fiddlers Island, Donnington Bridge, and Aston’s Eyot.

A PSPO is defined as a “means of preventing individuals or groups in a public space from behaving in a way that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality; be persistent or continuing in nature; and be unreasonable.”

Evidence had been presented to city councillors showing that in the 18 months to October there were 95 crimes reported to police on or near the waterways of Oxford. Offences included arson and criminal damage, assault, public order offences, burglary from boats and boat houses and drug related offences.

It follows tightening of mooring regulations on other parts of the river, including Richmond and ingston.

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Story dated June 14th 2016