Boat owners fighting against eviction from their Brentford moorings have spoken out on a video, produced by the former editor of women's weekly Take a Break.

Hounslow Council is proposing to clear existing boats from the river beside Watermans Park, in High Street, Brentford, so a new marina can be built.

Although boatholders have previously spoken to getwestlondon about their intention to fight the £5.45m plans, they have been reluctant to be named or appear in photos.

However, John Dale, who lives in Brentford and was the second editor of Take a Break, helping to establish the genre of real-life women's magazines, has now captured their views on film.

In a YouTube video called 'Battle for Watermans Park', he interviews two boat dwellers about their vessels, the sense of community and how people living there help police the neighbourhood.

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Photographer Paul Mendoza is shown beside his boat the White Queen, which he says is a 100-year-old former Portsmouth ferry, which played a part in both world wars.

Carolyn Ashley, a pub manager and student, explains how she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. She also expresses her frustration at the council for planning to spend so much evicting people from their moorings and at other boat owners for not helping their cause by tidying up their vessels.

Their comments are interspersed with shots of wildlife along the river, historic photos of the former gasworks on the river bank and statements from the council supporting its case for the marina.

Mr Dale, who has lived in Brentford for more than 30 years, said he wanted to ensure all sides were represented.

John Dale, who spoke to boat dwellers about plans for a new marina at Watermans Park in Brentford
 

The 68-year-old, who has also worked as a reporter for the Mail on Sunday and the Observer, among other publications, said: "I wanted to add to the coverage to show there are two sides to it. I'm interested in new technology and I wanted to use it to cover subjects in the area."

He has also published a number of other videos on YouTube, including footage of the town's Remembrance Sunday ceremony and clips showing how life at Brentford Dock has changed over the years.

* Public consultation about the marina plans ends this Saturday (November 22) and the council hopes to submit a planning application next April.