HOUSE OF COMMONS MOTION ON LOCK HOUSES
 


The row over the future of resident lock- and weir-keepers on the non-tidal river has reached the House of Commons.

An early day motion put down by Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce (above) calls on the Environment Agency to protect "this unique part of the nation's river heritage and the tradition of lock-keepers living at the site of locks."

The motion follows union claims that plans were being drawn up to phase out resident staff at locks - a claim denied by the agency. See our earlier story

A working party involving river users and agency representatives is currently drawing up recommendations for lock staffing. It is due to report in May.

The full wording of the Commons motion is :
"That this House is concerned about the Environment Agency's proposal to dispose by sale or letting lock-keepers' homes along the Thames;
recognises the importance of lock-keepers being resident in homes adjacent to locks to maintain safety and prevent flooding on the river;
notes that moving lock-keepers away from the locks may reduce response times from 15 minutes to up to two hours; fears for the welfare of the lock-keepers and their families;
and calls on the Government to ask the Environment Agency to protect this unique part of the nation's river heritage and the tradition of lock-keepers living at the site of locks.

EDMs are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view. Other MPs support the motions by adding their names EDM.

Link to House of Commons website

Story dated March 28th 2013

     
 
 
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