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TOPIC: EA Consultation on Increasing Boat Reg Fees

EA Consultation on Increasing Boat Reg Fees 08 Nov 2018 12:10 #102269

damn I meant for CRT waters of course!

p.s any chance of an edit post function?

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EA Consultation on Increasing Boat Reg Fees 08 Nov 2018 12:08 #102268

Andy Soper wrote: Hello Sam,

Pretty much exactly what CRT did with their widebeam tax, no doubt they will follow suit with a similar increase.

CRT latest press release attached - dated 7 November 2018.


Thanks Andy, I am in the lucky position of not needing either an EA or a CRT licence on Sirius unless of course I venture onto their waterways which is impossible in Sirius without a chainshaw and grinder attack on the wheelhouse :-)

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EA Consultation on Increasing Boat Reg Fees 08 Nov 2018 11:34 #102267

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Hello Sam,

Pretty much exactly what CRT did with their widebeam tax, no doubt they will follow suit with a similar increase.

CRT latest press release attached - dated 7 November 2018.

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EA Consultation on Increasing Boat Reg Fees 08 Nov 2018 11:18 #102266

Andy Soper wrote: Received from EA today:

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A succinct and accurate summary (so no need to follow the link!) which tells us that they have ignored all consultation responses and increased charges as they intended when they set out to 'consult'. Interesting how consistent the responses were!

As ever any questions or comments please.


Pretty much exactly what CRT did with their widebeam tax, no doubt they will follow suit with a similar increase. I already find the non-Tidal Thames prohibitively expensive for short term licences now it has just pushed it even further out of my desires.

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EA Consultation on Increasing Boat Reg Fees 07 Nov 2018 18:04 #102258

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Received from EA today:

Dear TNUF member

Earlier in the year, we consulted on proposals for our navigation boat registration charges 2019 to 2021. We had 441 responses from a good cross section of customers over a range of private and commercial interests, including 39 on behalf of an organisation or group. Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation and shared the consultation with those you represent.

Many customers gave very detailed and considered responses which we very much value. We have now reviewed them thoroughly and taken them into account when making our decision on the charges for 2019 to 2021.

What did the consultation tell us?

· The majority of respondents did not agree with the level of increase we proposed, many suggesting it should be linked to inflation/CPI

· Many respondents were clear they did not want to see any decrease in service levels and a number do not believe the current service meets their expectations

· Respondents were also clear we shouldn’t just look to boaters to recover the cost of our navigation service but need to secure other ways of making our funding sustainable

What have we decided?

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to implement the increases as proposed. Our Directors are clear that if we do not make these increases, the level of service and maintenance will decline, which will not be acceptable to boating customers. This decision is supported by our Board and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

What does this mean?

We will increase our boat registration charges for any boat kept, used or let for hire on our waterways each year for the next 2 years 2019 to 2021 by 5.7% (Thames), 7.5% (Anglian) and 10% (Upper Medway). The only exception is for all unpowered boats (not houseboats) and those registered with British Rowing or British Canoeing, which will be 7.7% per year – being a national registration which can be used on all our waterways, this is an average of the 3 different percentages being applied across our waterway areas. The Gold Licence fees for 2019 will increase by 4.1%. This figure is based on the Canal & River Trust increase of 3% for 2018/19, and our average increase of 7.7% for 2019/20.



We have published a summary of the consultation responses and our replies to the main points raised. I’ve attached it for you and you can also find it online here - www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-proposals-for-navigation-boat-registration-charges-2019-to-2021


Please share this information with your members. We’ll let River Thames customers know about the increase in their renewal packs which we will be sending next week. Our Anglian and Upper Medway customers will get this message when their renewals go out next February, so we would be grateful if you could help us spread the word in these areas.

What are we doing now?

Looking forward, we are working hard on plans to make management of our waterways more financially sustainable. We know we need to seek alternative funding and maximise commercial opportunities in order to help fund navigation services. We need government’s support to do this and customers have provided plenty of ideas to help us develop this work through recent consultation.

We also continue to work on our wider ‘Strategic Review of Navigation Charges’, developing our proposals for charges from 2021. We will engage customers to help shape these proposals before consulting on them.

These areas of work are the top priority for us. To illustrate our directors’ commitment to this, I can confirm that in early 2019 the Environment Agency will bring together its existing national Navigation team as well as a new, small team tasked with developing commercial opportunities for the whole of the Environment Agency business under one Deputy Director.

Non Tidal Thames Harbour Master / Waterways Manager │Thames Area

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A succinct and accurate summary (so no need to follow the link!) which tells us that they have ignored all consultation responses and increased charges as they intended when they set out to 'consult'. Interesting how consistent the responses were!

As ever any questions or comments please.

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Andy Soper
DBA Director
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Coookham
0044 (0) 303 666 0636

You don't need a barge to join - a dream of boating in Europe will do'. See www.barges.org
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