The Environment Agency, who are the navigation authority for the non-tidal Thames, and other waterways including the River Medway and Anglian region, have been consulting with river users about proposed increases in charges for 2018.
The consultation closed yesterday and the TMBA has submitted a comprehensive and detailed response on behalf of its members. All members were canvassed for their views and over 40% responded. As well as answering specific questions posed by the consultation, the TMBA also took the opportunity to draw attention to many of the issues currently affecting enjoyment of the river by powered craft and other users.
A copy of the TMBA response has been sent to all members.
Membership of the TMBA is open to all those keeping or using a powered craft on the non-tidal River Thames and having a current EA licence to use the river.
Full details of membership can be found HERE
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: