9 February 2023 – EA National Navigation Update

Following inaugural meetings of the new EA National Waterways Forum (NWF) and EA National Waterways Advisory Group (NWAG), the Environment Agency National Navigation Team have published their first National Navigation Update for EA waterways users.
The 13 page document can be  downloaded  HERE

Commenting on the new customer engagement strategy the EA explain:
“We completed our national stakeholder engagement review last year and rolled out our new engagement model in time for the autumn, as planned.
We launched the new National Waterways Forum (NWF) with an inaugural meeting chaired by the EA Board Member for Navigation, Robert Gould on 19th October; whilst the first National Waterways Advisory Group (NWAG) took place on 29th September. The NWF brings together senior decision makers from all national organisations with an interest in our waterways from both a boating and non-boating perspective and NWAG is made up of subject matter experts on each of our areas of work, as set out in the Navigation Business Plan.”

 

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TMBA Boaters Survey 2022 Outcome

During December 2022, the TMBA conducted an online  survey of motor boat users on the non tidal Thames.
The summary results of the survey are now available here:TMBA Survey 2022 Outcome

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22nd November 2022 – TMBA Motor Boaters Survey 2022

The TMBA Non Tidal Thames Motor Boaters Survey 2022 is now online – https://www.tmba.org.uk/machform/view.php?id=19138

All Motor Boaters based on, or visiting, the Environment Agency managed non tidal Thames during 2022 are invited to participate in this survey which will remain open until 31st December. Summary results will be published on the TMBA website in January 2023.

The TMBA’s 2021 survey was completed by almost 600 boaters and provided valuable information about river usage and satisfaction levels. Please take a few minutes to assist us by completing the survey and also encourage your boating friends to do so.

The TMBA are currently offering FREE membership until 31st March 2023 – More information available on the website here: www.tmba.org.uk/register

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17 September 2022 – Queen’s Funeral

E A Notice re river restrictions at Windsor relating to Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral on Monday September 19th. Download HERE

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24 August 2022 – EA drydocks to close.

Dear TNUF member,

Following the completion of a recent review regarding the dry docks at Sunbury Depot (Surrey) and Osney Depot (Oxfordshire), the Environment Agency has decided to close these facilities for the foreseeable future.

The review was undertaken by local area staff and our national advisors who assessed three main aspects: the effective management of liabilities for third-party works undertaken in an Environment Agency facility; the anticipated cost of completing the required health and safety measures, and the cost of developing a fully assured safe system of work for the operation and maintenance of these facilities by Environment Agency staff.  It has been concluded on both safety and cost grounds that these facilities should not be continued.  Unfortunately, the cost associated with these three aspects is prohibitively expensive and may not have met public sector scrutiny requirements.

We understand this decision will have an impact on our dry dock customers, but wanted to provide this update as close to the review completion as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at WaterwaysThames@environment-agency.gov.uk if you have any queries or would like further clarifications. 

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