A River Thames News reader has lodged a strong complaint with Oxford University about the state of the river following a recent regatta.

Nigel Ward writes: " We must protest at the disgraceful abandonment of litter outside of the Oxford University Boat Houses following the Regatta.

"We travelled through Oxford, on the Thames, that evening whilst on holiday and as we entered the reach from Iffley Lock we noticed a considerable amount of litter floating in the river, as we approached the University boat houses we realised exactly where it was coming from.

"The boat houses were all locked up and deserted, all but one had left a colossal amount of litter strewn across its frontages for any gust of wind to blow into the river, or harm local wildlife.The university should be thoroughly ashamed that no plan was in place to clear it quickly and thoroughly during and at the end of the event.

"However, we must commend just one boat house, we think St Anne's, who were the only people still there and who were just finishing clearing up outside of their building. We took the time to approach them and congratulate them on their efforts!"

The complaint follows an initiative downstream on the Tideway where, as reported by RTN, the Port of London Authority has launched a Cleaner Thames campaign. The problem was recenty highlighted in a presentation to MPs. Read MORE HERE.

In his letter Mr Ward draws the university's attention to the PLA's website which, he says addresses "the very serious problem of rubbish in the Thames harming wildlife and the environment in general."

A spokesman for Oxford University Boat Clubs said "The matter has been referred to the OURCs senior member who is investigating."

Pix: Nigel Ward

Story dated June 21st 2016