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TOPIC: Not really new but do we have any new Thames movement information

Not really new but do we have any new Thames movement information 13 May 2020 11:53 #115916

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Thanks again Andy, information is your forte (I'm sure amongst many things)...I wouldn't be alone in wishing you were running the country

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Not really new but do we have any new Thames movement information 13 May 2020 11:01 #115914

And today:

all forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed. You can continue to use towpaths for walking, running and cycling, being mindful of other users and people living in boats along the water

/www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces?fbclid=IwAR3WxQ3ZhGtJmRmwalpaWF8VwMv9NB1J7WPOavCAsxZnZwnw8gfwdNrbyjc

CRT, Wey and Basingstoke have already re-iterated essential movement only and no overnight stays.

EA guidance awaited!
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Not really new but do we have any new Thames movement information 12 May 2020 13:53 #115909

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Thanks Andy, I knew you'd be all over it. Government did seem to forget we boaters.

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Not really new but do we have any new Thames movement information 12 May 2020 13:24 #115906

Hello Michael,

The EA are considering all the implications of the new guidance (which didn't mention boats, yachts, sailing, kayaks paddleboards or marinas) as evidenced by the following extract from a letter sent yesterday by the Chief Executive to all EA staff. There has been no official communication to river users. Note that the letter does specifically mention navigation as an area of consideration, particularly with regard to working outside.

QUOTE - “ Working outside: Many of our teams have been active throughout lockdown (we closed the Thames Barrier last night, for example). We will restart the rest of our outside operations wherever it is safe to do so. This will include getting our field and construction teams back to more normal working patterns, and restarting other important activity that can only be performed in the outside workplace: onsite regulation, fisheries, navigation, sampling, monitoring etc. We will be in touch with the relevant teams as soon as we have plans in place.
Health, safety and wellbeing: we take our duty of care very seriously. We will ensure that wherever staff are returning to the workplace, risk assessments have been done and all the necessary hygiene measures are in place. We know that some staff will not be able to return yet because they have childcare or other caring responsibilities.
Timescale: we expect it to take a couple of weeks to remobilise staff in this first phase. We need to take the time to get it right, including ensuring we have the right operating instructions and hygiene measures, and that the estate is ready.” - UNQUOTE

Please also note the last sentence from the quote above which suggests it may be some time before we receive a definitive statement.

While boating / barging is social distancing it is hardly exercise! Visiting your boat to check its safety now appears to be acceptable but not crusing or staying overnight (cf CRT advice iin the other thread which has been replicated by the National Trust who operate the River Wey and by the Basingstoke Canal Trust).

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

Not really new but do we have any new Thames movement information 12 May 2020 12:45 #115904

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How/who can get information from this confusing government on when (and why not now) movement can recommence on the Thames?
Surely boating is as good a social distancing action as anything so why have they, firstly stopped it, and now why not loosened movement?
I can't see a reason why lock-keepers (a group of 1 per lock) can't work, why maintenance teams can't go back to work and attend to the issues (some of which should have been done before the lockdown) while keeping 2 metres apart in the open air which is now claimed to be reasonably safe?
Manufacturing (mostly inside) and building are heading back to work along with a few other operations so surely Thames maintenance can also.

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