SMALL boat owners are able to enjoy this year’s Henley Festival in safety from an enclosure after complaints sparked a U-turn by the Environment Agency.
Organisers said they were advised by the agency to introduce new conditions for safety reasons due to the growing popularity of people enjoying the event from the river.
The festival said that boat users who had not purchased a mooring must continue to travel up and down the river on the navigation channel.
This upset small boat owners who said they would not be allowed to moor as they have done in previous years in an enclosure and would be forced to navigate in the dark.
But this week the agency agreed to provide an enclosure as in previous years.
Waterways manager Barry Russell said: “We have agreed a small boat area downstream of the floating stage.”
Henley boat owners Caryn Moberley, Geoff Probert and Ed Atkinson had raised safety concerns.