Rogue boats seized at the Hythe

Gazette: Legally moored boats at King Edward Quay Legally moored boats at King Edward Quay

Parts of King Edward Quay were cordoned off as Colchester Council seized boats that had been moored there illegally.

Two boats were taken by the local authority’s regeneration team on Friday afternoon following reports of unpaid licences and anti-social behaviour.

Colchester Council had been working for months to try and resolve the issue.

Eye witness saw the boats being removed with cranes and said pedestrians had to be escorted through the cordon.

A spokesman said: “Colchester Council has taken enforcement action against boats illegally moored on the King Edwards’s Quay who have continually refused to sign a licence to reside on there.

“This is the culmination of a long process where we have been working to respond to concerns raised by local residents.

“We were left with no alternative but to pursue legal action, which has resulted in the offending boats being removed from this illegal mooring on the river.

“The Council is committed to ensuring that boat owners sign a licence and adhere to its terms if they wish to continue to reside on the Quay.”

The boats will be taken to a secure location until a fine is paid but they will not be allowed to return to the quay.

 

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2:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

hughie-s says...

The caption suggests that the Sea Scouts lightship been seized or is the photo unrelated to the story?
The caption suggests that the Sea Scouts lightship been seized or is the photo unrelated to the story? hughie-s
  • Score: -5

2:33pm Mon 2 Jun 14

hughie-s says...

hughie-s wrote:
The caption suggests that the Sea Scouts lightship been seized or is the photo unrelated to the story?
Thanks for changing the photo caption.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: The caption suggests that the Sea Scouts lightship been seized or is the photo unrelated to the story?[/p][/quote]Thanks for changing the photo caption. hughie-s
  • Score: 1

2:50pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.
It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 5

5:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

stevedawson says...

Well it is a dump!
Well it is a dump! stevedawson
  • Score: 1

11:59pm Mon 2 Jun 14

falsepod says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.
There are industrial units and the scrap yard down there? Who gives a crap about a few boats and some campers? Its not like they're going to be making it any worse.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.[/p][/quote]There are industrial units and the scrap yard down there? Who gives a crap about a few boats and some campers? Its not like they're going to be making it any worse. falsepod
  • Score: 2

9:21am Tue 3 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

falsepod wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.
There are industrial units and the scrap yard down there? Who gives a crap about a few boats and some campers? Its not like they're going to be making it any worse.
Most of the old industrial units have been demolished to make way for housing and the opposite side of the quay is faced by appartments.

Just because there's a scrapyard nearby doesn't mean that people are entitled to use the public highway as a dumping ground.
[quote][p][bold]falsepod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.[/p][/quote]There are industrial units and the scrap yard down there? Who gives a crap about a few boats and some campers? Its not like they're going to be making it any worse.[/p][/quote]Most of the old industrial units have been demolished to make way for housing and the opposite side of the quay is faced by appartments. Just because there's a scrapyard nearby doesn't mean that people are entitled to use the public highway as a dumping ground. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 6

12:17pm Tue 3 Jun 14

romantic says...

I go along this stretch almost weekly, and it does always seem a bit like a project that was started, got halfway, and just stopped. There is a 770 room student block being built at the moment, and I think that has the potential to bring this area to life a bit, but it's still a bit of a mish-mash. I believe that the plans are that eventually there will be housing all along the quay and a (foot)bridge further down. That would make sense. Encourage bars and restaurants along the quayside.

In a few years time, this could be a great area, although I do feel a bit for the new students who will be signing up to move into what will be a building site for the first year. £90 a week all-in, but still a significant walk to campus and not many buses. But longer-term, I think it will boost the area.

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I go along this stretch almost weekly, and it does always seem a bit like a project that was started, got halfway, and just stopped. There is a 770 room student block being built at the moment, and I think that has the potential to bring this area to life a bit, but it's still a bit of a mish-mash. I believe that the plans are that eventually there will be housing all along the quay and a (foot)bridge further down. That would make sense. Encourage bars and restaurants along the quayside. In a few years time, this could be a great area, although I do feel a bit for the new students who will be signing up to move into what will be a building site for the first year. £90 a week all-in, but still a significant walk to campus and not many buses. But longer-term, I think it will boost the area. . romantic
  • Score: 3

2:29pm Tue 3 Jun 14

WitchofColchester says...

Savages!
Savages! WitchofColchester
  • Score: 2

7:54pm Tue 3 Jun 14

supernaut says...

Anyone seen my boat?
Anyone seen my boat? supernaut
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Plausible Deniability says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.
You might consider moving down there maybe someone will scratch your boat this time.
As for the anti social boats, i mean killjoys there is nothing on the dock side apart from the unpainted light boat, that needs a coat.
A couple of houseboats.
Spending our money again on playing tubbs & crocket miami vice busts, you ought to get hicks down there
hicks, tubbs, crocket that would be a laugh stick em up danno? Youre boats bought it.
What a joke !
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.[/p][/quote]You might consider moving down there maybe someone will scratch your boat this time. As for the anti social boats, i mean killjoys there is nothing on the dock side apart from the unpainted light boat, that needs a coat. A couple of houseboats. Spending our money again on playing tubbs & crocket miami vice busts, you ought to get hicks down there hicks, tubbs, crocket that would be a laugh stick em up danno? Youre boats bought it. What a joke ! Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -1

9:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Plausible Deniability wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.
You might consider moving down there maybe someone will scratch your boat this time.
As for the anti social boats, i mean killjoys there is nothing on the dock side apart from the unpainted light boat, that needs a coat.
A couple of houseboats.
Spending our money again on playing tubbs & crocket miami vice busts, you ought to get hicks down there
hicks, tubbs, crocket that would be a laugh stick em up danno? Youre boats bought it.
What a joke !
What a crackpot.
[quote][p][bold]Plausible Deniability[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.[/p][/quote]You might consider moving down there maybe someone will scratch your boat this time. As for the anti social boats, i mean killjoys there is nothing on the dock side apart from the unpainted light boat, that needs a coat. A couple of houseboats. Spending our money again on playing tubbs & crocket miami vice busts, you ought to get hicks down there hicks, tubbs, crocket that would be a laugh stick em up danno? Youre boats bought it. What a joke ![/p][/quote]What a crackpot. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 1

2:15pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Misty4 says...

falsepod wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.
There are industrial units and the scrap yard down there? Who gives a crap about a few boats and some campers? Its not like they're going to be making it any worse.
Crap is the operative word. You don't think they've got plumbing, do you?
[quote][p][bold]falsepod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: It's gradually becoming a bit of a dump down there - camper vans as well as boats.[/p][/quote]There are industrial units and the scrap yard down there? Who gives a crap about a few boats and some campers? Its not like they're going to be making it any worse.[/p][/quote]Crap is the operative word. You don't think they've got plumbing, do you? Misty4
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