Memorandum by the Association of Thames
Yacht Clubs (IW 64)
The Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC)
represents more than 60 clubs along the non-tidal and tidal River
Thames from Lechlade to Southend. The clubs memberships include
at least 9,500 individuals.
We welcome the publication by the Government
of Waterways for Tomorrow. It gives Government authority
to many points which boating organisations and navigational authorities
have been saying for a significant number of years.
The ATYC regard the River Thames as "the
Jewel in the Crown" of the United Kingdom waterways. However,
we have consistently expressed our concern that, having freely
contributed additional funds through increases in navigational
licences towards the cost of capital works on the River Thames,
we have seen a steady decline in the maintenance to the detriment
of the River as a whole. We are particularly concerned at the
growing backlog in maintenance, and the ever increasing danger
The Committee of our Association met on 26 September
to consider Waterways for Tomorrow. The members present
endorsed the concerns about the level of investment in the River.
In considering paragraph 5.10 within the document,
it was the unanimous view of the meeting that the Association
of Thames Yacht Clubs wish to see the transfer of navigational
responsibility on the River Thames from the Environment Agency
to the British Waterways.
It was felt that this would enhance the opportunities
to develop the navigation through Partnerships and Third Party
We would be pleased to expand upon these comments
to the Committee if that is appropriate.
Dr M M Warner
27 September 2000