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The government's intention to merge the CRT navigations with the EA was still on the table and TUGn members wanted to know how CRT would be handling this. We were advised that discussions had indeed taken place between both parties but nothing has happened yet because of the flood situation. Mr Parry accepted that TUGn should be right at the start of any serious discussions. It is expected that the subject will also be on the agenda for a report from the EA on the Thames Navigation User Forum now scheduled for 1 April, 2014.
We have stipulated that the works be undertaken during the quieter winter months and not during the busier summer boating season. Due to the scale of works, the river closure will be in place for several months, ending before the Easter weekend. We sincerely apologise for the disruption inevitably caused by this, however given the very tight construction deadlines, the work must take priority to meet the Easter deadline.
Transit through the lock should be possible during the closure period, but will strictly be dependent on natural breaks in the works. We have regular communications with Oxfordshire Council to identify opportunities to allow passage. Boaters wishing to transit Whitchurch lock during the works can put their request forward to our email account or call 03708 506 506, asking to speak to their local waterways office. When a transit window becomes available, we will contact boaters expressing an interest to arrange a time slot to pass though the lock. If passage becomes available for a longer period, we will open the lock and publish the dates on our website, investment program and information hotline 08459 881 188.
PLA had no knowledge of any change and from a St Kat’s perspective, whilst they maximise their residential moorings, they will continue to take visitors subject to availability which is exactly the same as now.
Limehouse Basin is now completely managed by BWML who are a commercial arm of CRT. Within the moorings we have on site, 20 have been historically classified for visitor use, as and when required. The uptake of these over the whole of the year is generally at 40-50% occupancy. Due to the interest received in the recent annual moorings that we have made available at Limehouse, all available moorings to date having been sold, and with an obvious shortage of moorings in London, BWML have taken the decision to remove a number of the current visitor moorings from their present location, but we will however be making available visitor berths at an alternative location within the marina. Overall I anticipate the number of visitor berths for 2014 will remain around the same. The use of the wall will not be affected and still remain available for visiting boats.
They have also assured us that they will utilise any residential mooring should the moorer be away.”
Should any boater have cause for concern, ATYC Officers would appreciate the information so that they can immediately follow it through.
1st - Amadeus - Mike Thomas - UTMYC
2nd - Knot Arf - Andrew Bernstein - TMYC
3rd - Bolli - Dave Biggin - UTMYC
4th - Flying Colours - Ian Weston - TMYC
First Time Entry
1st - Harpagon - Tim Marshall - Oxford Ditch CC
1st - Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club
2nd - Thames Motor Yacht Club