Monday, 11 October 2010

ISIS LOCK

Despite the recent improvement below ISIS LOCK it is not a lot of good if you cant use it. It has been anticipated by BW that this mooring would be used by non-licence payers and overstayers. There is a sign to this effect on the mooring stating that the pontoon is specific for lock operation only. There are those that live on the Thames and pay no BW licence who insist on mooring up for an hour or two while they take on water. Of course in doing that they are not only stopping genuine licence payers using the landing for operating the lock, a boat moored on the pontoon is moored partway across the opening of the lock so causing an obstacle to navigation, but they are stealing from BW. Water supplied on the BW moorings is for the use of BW licence payers not skankey scroungers. I love what has been done here but I feel that people will go the long way around on the river to avoid what could become a wart on the end of the canal.DSCF8547

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do wonder about the brain of anyone who begrudges a fellow human water. Then again, if you dropped that bit your post might even appear vaguely reasonable, and that would never do...

Maffi said...

If I dropped that bit of my post it would be pointless. You dont have to wonder about my brain it is not a point in issue here. If I arrived on your drive with a 100 gallon tank and took water from you house with out your permission it would be theft as sure as if I took your tele. I do not berudge a 'fellow human' water, but there are people who will be on this lock mooring every few weeks preventing law abiding boaters from using a faility that licence fees have paid for. There are water supplies on the river that they can use, but no this is the easiest one to get to and they dont give a shit if others are inconvienenced. Of course they could do as the rest of us do and pay a licence fee. Oh sorry too radical! Irrespective of all that this is not a water point!. The taps are provided for the residents not passing boaters

MortimerBones said...

Do you really 'love' this landing stage and the work that has gone on here despite knowing that if you have a longer boat it is completely rediculous and possibly dangerously located?

Maffi said...

It is only dangerous if people use it inappropriately. I have observed people coming up and going down the lock and dont see it as a problem. However where BW has mis-judged this is when people want to turn around and go back up the canal in preference spending a few quid on the river (Dusty excepted).

MortimerBones said...

so the landing stage is OK, but turning around is not? Surely then the whole thing is not OK? Or is it the posts in the middle of the channel that are the problem? I am having trouble marrying up what you say to what you have written.
What has spending a few quid on the river got to do with anything?

Maffi said...

Most people turn around here because they are too tight to pay the fee to go up the Thames

MortimerBones said...

I don't think you are right about that? It has nothing to do with being tight or not. I was under the impression that if you have a big boat you HAVE to wind at the bottom of Isis lock in order to get UP sheepwash channel to enter the Thames when there is a flow!!!And it is that which makes the whole structure dangerous as it impedes that ability.... Paying the Thames fee a million times will not allow the impossible to happen....?!