Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Riverbed rubble 'damaging boats'

RESIDENTS of Rod Eyot in Henley claim boats are being damaged by rubble submerged in the River Thames.

RESIDENTS of Rod Eyot in Henley claim boats are being damaged by rubble submerged in the River Thames.

Simon Loring and Ann Tully say a pile of debris including concrete was left on the river bed about a foot out from the bank after the town council refurbished a 100ft section of its moorings at Marsh Meadows in the spring.

They say the rubble is about a foot beneath the surface and is visible when the water is clear but they have seen several boats scrape their hulls after failing to spot it.

Mr Loring said he had damaged his own 14ft boat when taking a closer look.

He said: “I saw a boat run aground on it the other day — they had to get a pole to push themselves back out again.



“People are still trying to grind their way in but it should be cordoned off until it can be cleared up.

“It’s not just mud — it’s definitely concrete. I tapped it with a paddle and it was very hard.”

Ms Tully said: “As a boat owner and river user, I feel compelled to warn people and have considered putting up big signs on the trees.

“However, I think it might be wiser if the council put up such a notice.”

Town clerk Mike Kennedy denied the council contractors were to blame, saying they had swept the river bed with an excavator to check for rubble after finishing the refurbishment of the moorings.

He said this area on the river bed had always been shallow and rocky.



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