You have probably heard that the EA are proposing to sell off 22 lock houses on the Thames. Here is the statement copied from their petition website.
“The Environment Agency (EA) have announced the proposed sale of many Lock keepers cottages, which will result in the safety of Boats navigating the river being compromised, and the flood management service being adversely affected too.
This action is inevitably going to result in a great deal of avoidable damage being caused to property and infrastructure along the Upper Thames being damaged during periods of flood, and increase the risk of human loss with regard to both flooding and boating.
The EA have been asked to raise funds for DEFRA to pay an EU fine, but there are alternative ways of doing this without creating risk to life and property, such as mortgaging the properties and using the rental income of said properties to self fund the mortgages, leaving the irreplacable infrastructure intact.
We need Lock keepers, and they need to live very close to the River itself. There is no excuse for this action.”
If you feel you are able please follow this link to sign the e-petition against the sell off.
And here is the link to their campaign website: http://www.saveourservice.org/14501.html
Please help and pass the message on. You never know, you may require their help when navigating the Thames one day!