Originally Posted by Noddy
Although I cant make the trip I am interested to know?
We live upstream of Oxford on The Thames and you need a permit
to use any kind of watercraft on our end of the river. Do you need one in the area you are cruising in?
The Environmental Agency who "Police" the river are some real jobsworths and will fine you even if you are using an Airbed.
You do not need a permit on the tidal Thames such as Putney.
You need a permit on the non tidal areas, ie from Teddington upstream. The cost of the permit, less than a tenner for my boat goes to the cost of maintaining the massive locks and flood defence gear. As the Agency is practically self funding in respects of its navigation function I happily pay the money.
Jobsworths? Interesting comment. I wonder if anybody will agree with you? All the EA staff I have come across are keen to help and keen to ensure they get all the revenue they can to promote boating. Just cause they chase people up on unpaid navigation licences does not mean they are a jobsworth, well not in my book anyway.
Either way it would be nice to see you on a future spin.