The delayed closure of Molesey Lock means there will only be a 23 day window between Bell Weir re-opening on 15 December and Molesey closing on 8 January – see timeline :
We have been advised by the EA that, due to operational and resource issues, winter works at Molesey Lock, originally slated for 30th October to 8th January will now start on 8th January 2018 and finish on 23rd March.
We have been advised by the EA that the reduced headroom at Clifton Lock cut bridge will continue until 10th November.
See ” River Restrictions” at top of right hand column on TMBA website.
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 !