Another, and rather unexpected, Environment Minister with Michael Gove’s appointment to replace Andrea Leadsom who becomes Leader of the House. It would be nice to think he might take an interest in the waterways but we suspect there are other more pressing matters likely to take precedence !
TMBA represents interests of responsible power craft owners on non-tidal Thames.
TMBA is a member of the Thames Navigation User Forum which is an Environment Agency sponsored body of those representing non tidal Thames navigational user groups.
There are barely 8000 powered craft now registered on the EA Thames waterway, down from over 15000 20 years ago. Revenue income from boat registrations is falling at same time as government austerity programme has led to massive reduction in public funding for recreational river – 2017 budget is down to half that for 2010.
TMBA campaigns for sustainable funding for the recreational waterway. Major change in legislation and treasury rules neeeded to promote alternative income streams.
The EA Customer Charter includes an overview of lock keeping service targets for 2017/18.
Note that there is no ‘guaranteed’ assisted passage. There is a standard lunch break at all locks from 1300-1400 when there may be no cover unless a supervised volunteer is on site.
The EA Thames Customer Charter for 2017/18 is now available – see link on
tmba.org.uk under EA and Other Information on RHS
Also available from .gov.uk website here:
The TMBA and other river user groups are increasingly concerned by the continuing decline in the availability of staff to assist passage through locks on the non tidal Thames.
River users are invited to assist us in gathering evidence of locks unmanned during normal duty hours to support our representations to the Environment Agency.
If you have personal experience of this please help us by submitting the report form on this website HERE