No-mooring zone on way for section of River Avon

An investigation into unauthorised moorings on the stretch of the River Avon below Pulteney Weir and  Widcombe Basin has resulted in the area in front of the Recreation Ground becoming a no public mooring zone.

Pulteney Bridge and Weir.
Pulteney Bridge and Weir.

From October 14th, the space for around six moorings in front of the sports ground, which is the only permitted mooring area, will not be available for the public to tie up their craft.

Bath & North East Somerset Council says it has serious concerns about the presence of these unauthorised boats. This follows an investigation which discovered a range of possible issues which included the following:

  • Possible discharging of human waste/ sewerage into the water course;
  • Examples of uninsured and unlicensed boats – some were found to be at risk of sinking or potentially discharging fuel into the water course;
  • Littering and debris left behind by unauthorised boats.

In light of these concerns, the Council is requesting that the owners of these unauthorised boats move them immediately. Appropriate legal action will be taken if they fail to do so. The Council will take steps to ensure that the needs of occupants are taken into account as part of this process.

In recognition of the opportunities and potential of River Avon supporting the area’s regeneration, a plan will be developed by the Council to improve the riverside environment and make it more suitable for tourist boats and temporary moorings.

B&NES says it is important that a plan is in place to ensure effective management of the entire river between Pulteney Weir and Widcombe Basin prior to this stretch of waterway possibly being made available for the public to moor their boats. Alternative moorings are available at Broad Quay and on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

As part of this plan, the Council anticipates that key facilities should be available, such as adequate supplies of water and electricity, and moorings introduced which are able to rise and fall with water levels. This temporary measure will help benefit the river users and the public in the long-term.

For further information contact Council Connect on councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk or call 01225 39 40 41.