'Time to move these boats on'

A boat moored on the banks of Castle Mill Stream in Oxford

A boat moored on the banks of Castle Mill Stream in Oxford

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

THE body charged with managing Oxford’s waterways has come under fire for failing to move on illegally-moored boat dwellers.

In June, a group calling themselves “Friends of Castle Mill Stream” took over a 100-yard stretch of Oxford Canal’s banks.

They said it was unregistrered land and they were claiming it as their private property.

The Canal & River Trust has said it is seeking to clarify land ownership, then try to obtain a court order to get the land back. The Land Registry describes unregistered land as “a complex area of law”.

Its guidance said that all land is owned by someone, but it is possible to claim unregistered land by occupying it for at least 12 years without permission.

Susanna Pressel, who is a member of Jericho and Osney for Oxford City Council, said: “I am very cross about this and so are a lot of residents.

“They said they were dealing with it but it is grinding through their legal department.”

The trust’s Neil Owen told her in an email on July 13: “We are still resolving the ownership issue through our legal team.

“This is coming to completion at the moment, at which time we can then resolve the other issues via a court order.”

The trust had yet to comment further when contacted by the Oxford Mail last night.

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1:40pm Sat 2 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

The boats are not on the canal they are on a side stream. Why should a charity such as the Canal and River Trust have to spend money on legal fees when the boats concerned are not on the canal? What have our councillors got against boats? Boats moored on the Thames posed no problem whatsoever, there was no refuse mess, the area was clean and tidy as were the boats and yet our councillor tried and failed to get them moved on. Perhaps Oxford should just concrete over the canal then some residents and councillors will be happy.
The boats are not on the canal they are on a side stream. Why should a charity such as the Canal and River Trust have to spend money on legal fees when the boats concerned are not on the canal? What have our councillors got against boats? Boats moored on the Thames posed no problem whatsoever, there was no refuse mess, the area was clean and tidy as were the boats and yet our councillor tried and failed to get them moved on. Perhaps Oxford should just concrete over the canal then some residents and councillors will be happy. mytaxes
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9:22am Sun 3 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Fair enough. If they're making no mess it's better that they be there on the water instead of adding to the problems in Speedwell Street, which is the only other place they'd realistically be.
Fair enough. If they're making no mess it's better that they be there on the water instead of adding to the problems in Speedwell Street, which is the only other place they'd realistically be. Lord Palmerstone
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