The Waterways Minister Richard Benyon has today made a written statement on the issue of transfer of the EA waters to CRT. He said that the Government has (therefore) decided that the Review planned for 2013/14 to consider options for the transfer will be postponed until Defra’s finances improve and there is a realistic prospect of the transfer being affordable and that it can take place on terms which would enable CRT’s Trustees to manage the additional liabilities involved.

A boater moored his boat on the River Great Ouse in Ely without permission for four months.

He claimed he could not move the boat, as it did not currently have an engine.

  • The River Nene is all reopened after winter maintenance closures.
  • The Great Ouse continues to be closed at St Ives lock where major works are taking place. Hopefully these will be completed before Easter.
  • The Facilities in March are now closed. This means there are now no public facilities for boaters on the whole of the Middle Level. There are some at Foxes Marina - for a charge. I have been in touch with Fenland District Council, who provided the facilities. It seems that there are no plans to reopen them. They have said that they will not reopen the Elsan disposal or the pump out but will provide water and refuse disposal. There is no date given for when this will come to pass!
  • At present there are public facilities on Peterborough embankment. I advise members to make use of these before entering the Middle Level system.

Best wishes and happy boating to all,


u that there is a summary of the responses to the consultation on the proposal to update the Government strategy for the inland waterways of England and Wales, this can be found at:

Boaters on the River Thames can now be clearer about the service they can expect with the launch of a new customer charter today, Thursday 1 April.