5 May 2017 – TMBA Objectives

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.

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29 April 2017 – Lock Keeping Service Targets 2017/18

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.

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13 April 2017 – Thames Customer Charter 2017/18

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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/managing-the-river-thames

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21 April 2016 – TMBA Seeks Thames Boaters Feedback

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

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25 March 2016 – Between a rock and a hard place – a sad state of affairs.

In July 2012 the Canal and Rivers Trust took over the responsibilities for the inland waterways previously managed by British Waterways,
Government endowed the new trust with some £500million in assets and property and also agreed an ongoing grant totalling approximately £800million over the ensuing 15 years to 2027. From that time the C&RT also became free of government shackles and able to identify and grow new sources of income.

The EA waterways – the Thames, Anglian. Little Ouse/Great Ouse and Medway were originally intended to be included in the new trust but, due to a number of issues, not least the complexity and extent of additional funding required, government decided to leave the transfer of these inland waterways until another day.

So, EA waterways remain firmly under the control of Defra and the Environment Agency and, whereas the canal system now enjoys security of income and is largely the master of its own future, we on the Thames are witnessing at first hand the devastating effects of the government austerity programme and the impact on maintenance and services to river users.

Thames boaters may like to compare the £50million p.a. plus in protected grants enjoyed by the C&RT to the little more than £5million(and reducing) p.a. reaching the EA Thames budget. We, as private powered craft owners contribute some £3million in registration fees – sad to say, after overheads, little more than half of that actually reaches the coalface.

I think thats enough to explain why we are experiencing problems with maintenance and lock manning – the question is what can we do about it?

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