Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Council’s moorings in need of repair

MOORINGS and riverbanks in Henley are in need of repair.

MOORINGS and riverbanks in Henley are in need of repair.

A report commissioned by the town council found:

* The steel angle capping on the upstream slipway off New Street needs re-fixing.

* Steps on the Singers Park mooring are missing or broken and need to be replaced.

* Vegetation needs removing from the pontoons in River Terrace and the jetties need cleaning.

* The upper concrete river wall at the Mill Meadows permanent moorings site is damaged and should be repaired or upgraded. Three mooring rings have been pulled from the concrete and need replacing.

* A number of concrete blocks on the upstream course of the Mill Meadows temporary moorings need replacing. The upper wall upstream of Salter’s landing is cracked in “many areas” and requires repair or an upgrade.

* The upper concrete wall at Marsh Meadows is in need of repair. A 25m section of concrete sandbags requires replacing with steel sheet piling and a 2m footpath is starting to collapse and needs sandbags and sheet piling to repair it.

The report by marine construction specialists Thames Riverworks Pilings says the mooring facilities at Mill Meadows are otherwise good but an extra 15 to 20 mooring rings would improve them further.

It also found the White Hart jetties and riverbank need no maintenance or repair work.

Town clerk Mike Kennedy told a meeting of the council’s Mill Meadows and river sub-committee that it would be “quite severe” to do all the identified work within a year and suggesting phasing it over two to three years.

Councillor David Clenshaw said: “I think these works need to be done. If we don’t keep up with them the problem gets much worse. Even if we don’t do all the works in the coming year then I think we need to at least start them.”

The sub-committee agreed to forward the report to the recreation and amenities committee for consideration.

* Electricity and water will not be installed at the moorings after the majority of boat owners said they didn’t want them.

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