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TOPIC: PLA 1968 Act. Consultation to change the Act affecting Thames users

PLA 1968 Act. Consultation to change the Act affecting Thames users 22 Nov 2019 14:35 #111648

Hello Al,

Fear not DBA is on the case led by Patrick Schulenburg and Scott Pereira ably assisted by an analysis that Scott’s wife Hilary (Chair of the Upper Tideway branch of the River Thames Society) has prepared.
Your comments noted and any further thoughts very welcome!
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PLA 1968 Act. Consultation to change the Act affecting Thames users 21 Nov 2019 17:52 #111616

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Hi,

Are the DBA aware of / scrutinising this Port of London Authority (PLA) consultation to change the 1968 Act affecting London moorings and Thames users?
https://server1.pla.co.uk/About-Us/Communications-Consultation/Other-Consultation

The foreword says they aim "..to modernise the Act to reflect the operations and technology in use on the river today..." a quick glance over however shows some pretty big overhauls of the Act which was originally granted by Parliament, but this is via a statutory instrument to be granted by a harbour revision order signed off by the MMO. So I'm guessing lacks the scrutiny of parliamentary debate and normal stakeholder engagement?

Anyway, I notice there's mention of a new definition of port limits which seem ambiguous and possibly counter to other Lee Conservancy Acts, River Roding, Dartford Creek, and other creeks with historic rights. River works licences and a specific mention of Downings Road ancient moorings rights are included, do they know, is it reasonable? So possibly more than the original claim to just modernise the act to reflect technology etc..

Sorry I haven't thoroughly read it myself yet, but I'm not as well versed in unpicking the legal implications as some may be, so I thought a heads up could be useful for others, unless there's already someone looking at it?

Any thoughts?
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