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Hambleden Lock

GGoose17

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The fence sounds like a good compromise - pity they didn’t do that last year, it would have saved a lot grief all round. I noticed b.t.w. the Lodge is currently being set up at the Upper Thames Rowing Club just up river from Hambleden; private event perhaps?
 

Time Out

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I'm actually looking forward to giving it a go, maybe when the Trade Boat Rally is on, the ONLY boat show I pay/want to go to outside of work!
 

Outinthedinghy

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Maybe the EA owned property making up the lock layby is not wide enough for a fence. They might only own the concrete staging with the rest being the landowner (Copas).

It's not implausible in the case of Hambleden lock as there is no other lock associated infrastructure on that side like water point etc. Just a thin strip layby.

Or maybe it is not EA land and just used under an agreement of some sort which allows boats to stop there to wait for the lock.
 

boatone

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Maybe the EA owned property making up the lock layby is not wide enough for a fence. They might only own the concrete staging with the rest being the landowner (Copas).

It's not implausible in the case of Hambleden lock as there is no other lock associated infrastructure on that side like water point etc. Just a thin strip layby.

Or maybe it is not EA land and just used under an agreement of some sort which allows boats to stop there to wait for the lock.
Some or all of the issues you describe may be valid but that does not prevent the EA seeking to engage with Lockdown Lodge, Copas and the licensing suthority to agree a working solution. Does the Lodge really need to be sited so close to the lock or are they using the added attraction of the lock to enhance their marketing opportunity? Seems to me that, yet again, commercial advantage is being exploited with no benefit accruing to the waterway or contributing to consequential costs to the EA.
Very easy to just stir it up and give the EA a kicking (and I am not uncritical of their mishandling of this issue) but all parties need to realise they have a contribution to make.
I have written to the EA formally requesting that they take more appropriate steps to protect the boating public and ensure safe use of the upper layby and lock area.
 
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