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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Lock Keepers are they really a luxury?

    Quote Originally Posted by DogsBody View Post
    The EA define the minimum chargeable area for a powered launch as 5 square metres at £19.60 per square metre i.e. £98, so are giving the rowing launches a hell of a discount!

    Interestingly, the latest newsletter received from the ATYC today, states that according to the EA, some 2,000 boats have not yet renewed their annual license fee for 2018...

    With the above two facts in mind, perhaps people can understand my comments elsewhere about all river users paying their fair share.
    The Environment Agency have negotiated block agreements with both British Rowing and the British Canoe Union. They enjoy generous discounts in return for managing registration issues themselves which they seem to do quite efficiently. All Rowing club craft display a 6 character code, the first 3 characters are alphabetical and identify the club whilst the last 3 are numerals which identify the boat itself.

    I have been quite vociferous regarding this but receive scant support for several reasons. In particular, Rowing is a widely supported sporting activity and the lobby is strong.

    However, the fact is that even if their contribution were to be doubled it would make little difference to the overall funding problem and the reaction to such a suggestion would likely be "quite interesting" !

    The fact is a club rowing 8 pays less for a river registration than an angler pays for a rod licence.

    The EA are now analysing the responses to the recent consultation re charges in more detail and will use them to help shape their proposals for the future of navigation charges. These proposals will form part of a further public consultation. Watch this space.
    TMBA - Championing the non tidal Thames

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Lock Keepers are they really a luxury?

    Quote Originally Posted by Actionmat View Post
    The Medway is packed with history. It's where Spearmint the Rhino discovered mud wrestling
    Rochester is famed for a prison ship being moored there.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De6hVE6Wj8c

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
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    Default Re: Lock Keepers are they really a luxury?

    If it were in proportion to the amount they use the river and disrupt it for other users, 10X is more reflective.

    (BTW why on earth is Henley Regatta Course in place 3months before the regatta?)

  4. #24
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    Dec 2012
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    Default Re: Lock Keepers are they really a luxury?

    Quote Originally Posted by Parabordi View Post
    If it were in proportion to the amount they use the river and disrupt it for other users, 10X is more reflective.

    (BTW why on earth is Henley Regatta Course in place 3months before the regatta?)
    For training purposes. They own the river, we only pay for it.

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