Issue date: 16th April 2013
A joint study group set up to examine the future of lock sites on the River Thames is to extend its review by a year (until the end of March 2014), the Environment Agency and river user representative have announced.
The group, made up of boater representatives from the Thames User Group (navigation) and Environment Agency managers, is examining the management and operation of a number of lock sites on the River Thames to help understand the implications of renting vacant lock houses rather than housing resident lock keepers.
Environment Agency Chairman, Lord Smith, agreed to form the group after river user representatives expressed concern at plans to rent a number of vacant lock houses in 2011. Lord Smith has capped the number of lock houses to be rented at five whilst further study takes place.