Sir – You report (October 22) that the Environment Agency (EA) intends to enforce the 24-hour mooring rule along the River Thames, having received complaints from the public, landowners and boaters unable to find moorings.

Does the EA plan to do this in the winter as well when the river is high and swift? One hopes they have considered the safety implications.

There is a class dimension to this too, as more people on the margins resort to boats for housing. The rules need to be applied to everyone, but hopefully this can be done with some sensitivity.

Is it possible for the EA move boats along during the summer season, when moorings are in demand, and take a more cautious and relaxed approach during the winter?

Andrew Shacknove