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PostSubject: Gypsy boats are back   Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:22 pm

After a seasons respite,the gypsy boats are back below Sunbury Lock on the Surrey side.About 300yds below the lock two barges are moored side by side,with freshly cut logs piled on the deck.The last time this happened Elmbridge claimed they didn't have the budget for any court involvement.The presence of these boats virtually wipes out the only comfortable swims in this stretch,especially when you've endured the long walk/barrow push only to find you've wasted your time and effort as happened on Wednesday.
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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:40 pm

Is this the same Elmbridge that is happy to spend budget on sending park wardens out at all hours policing anglers' umbrellas? Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:43 pm

Ed Randall wrote:
Is this the same Elmbridge that is happy to spend budget on sending park wardens out at all hours policing anglers' umbrellas?

you got it in one
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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:50 pm

Lessons learnt from Teddington is to tell them you have a loss of amenity on public land. Let alone where is all the waste going. Maybe also worth calling the EA, so they have it logged.

Need to also check the local mooring byelaws, Ed?

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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:52 pm

I did inform the EA last time this happened,but they reckoned as it wasn't their land the onus was with Elmbridge.The EA must be aware as their own patrol boat can't miss 2 large craft moored parallel to each other in the same spot.During their previous "stay" the boat people used to take their rubbish to the amenity by Sunbury Lock,which is there mainly for craft passing through the lock.I'll see what info I can get from Elmbridge next week.
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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:26 pm

Are the boats registered ??Date stamp shown in one of there windows??Boat names??
This site will give you that info if you have a boat name
http://www.jim-shead.com/waterways/boatreg.php?bn=88466
If they are not registered suggest we all bombard the EA about it but don`t hold your breath about action sadly ,Hate unregistered permanently hog the best mooring liveaboard types with a passion Steve
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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:32 am

Useful link Steve. I found that it matches on the first part of the name, so
eg. "palace" returns just "PALACE GYPSY"
But it allows using a "%" as a wildcard, so:
eg "%palace" returns "LONDRA PALACE", "PALACE", "PADDYS PALACE", ... "SLOE GIN PALACE" etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:37 pm

Hi Steve,
The boat moored nearest the bank is called Bounty.Checked the website you posted,and the last registration was late May 2011.Can't see the name of the other craft moored parallel to Bounty.
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PostSubject: Re: Gypsy boats are back   Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:29 pm

Well hopefully the council/EA will decide they've had enough of their 'taste of paradise' and shift them A.S.A.P
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