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January 2018

RUG 8 CHAIRMAN'S UPDATE
I am pleased to inform you  that the uncertainty over the future of the Thames Navigation has been resolved and that responsibililty for the navigation will not be passed from the Environment Agency to the Canal and River Trust (CRT). Barry Russell MBE, Non Tidal Thames Harbour Master reports that:


"CRT recently submitted their proposed terms for taking over our navigation responsibilities to Government. Ministers have considered the proposals and decided not to proceed with any transfer at the present time; however, they wish to keep the option open and return to it when they feel the time is right. We in the Environment Agency will continue to concentrate on ensuring we run our navigations as efficiently as possible, including looking at new ways to raise revenue and engaging with our boating customers over our charges review. We and CRT will continue to cooperate actively in the running of our respective navigations to ensure the best possible experience for all river and canal users."
 

I expect to find out more at the next Thames Navigation Users Forum which will take place on the 21st February, and will report back after the meeting.

I will also be asking the EA to report on their plans to address the problem of derelict and sunken boats in the RUG 8 Area. I am pleased to report that the notorious burnt-out yellow life boat has, at last, been towed off by the EA, but the others are still there (see below).



Derelict and Sunken Boats
The main constraint on removing derelict and sunken boats is lack of resources - hence the suggestion that some of record fine paid by Thames Water Authority for polluting the river should be used to fund their removal. A good start could be made by removing three notorious wrecks in the RUG8 area.
1. This yellow lifeboat caught fire over a year ago and was abandoned by its owner, initially on the Queen's Promenade in Kingston, then on the River Mole near Hampton Court Station. More recently, it was  found floating the main fairway on the Thames and tied upto  the Hampton Court Bank.
JAN 2018 TOWED AWAY BY THE EA!
2. Sunken tug and motor cruiser next to the draw dock at Hampton owned by  Richmond Council, but previously moored against land owned by Sorbon Investments (Port Hampton).
JAN 2018 STILL THERE!

 
3. Ironically, this collection of a derelict Thames lighter, two narrow boats, and the sunken tug 'Endeavour' are on the EA's own 'commercial moorings' on the Waterworks Reach in Surbiton. The RUG8 chairman is pictured in his yellow kayak drawing attention to them.

The owner of the tug is well known in the local area and to the EA.
JAN 2018 STILL THERE


 


   
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