COVID-19 Government Advice
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COVID-19 update 3

13th May 2020

Response to Government Statement of 11th May

Dear Boater & Supporter
 
The Trust would like to give you an update of the situation following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May and the publication of the detailed phased plan of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy. Step one of the changes in government policy apply from Wednesday 13th May.  Also, I wanted to give you an update on the state of the navigation following the six months of flooding and the last two months of lock down.
 
As the government slowly changes the tone of the lock-down message and allows the public more flexibility then the interpretation of the advice becomes more challenging. This is made harder because the activities associated with the river cover numerous categories that are not necessarily spelt out in the government guidelines. We have consulted with all the main boating authorities to try and ensure we all give consistent advice and follow the law in support of the government’s strategy. We will continually monitor the changing advice and interpretation of the advice and we will issue updates as things change.
 
Step One of Government’s Adjustments to COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures
 
The key parts of the latest Government Guidelines that relate to the river are:

  • You may drive to publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance so long as  you respect social distancing guidance and do not meet up with more than one person outside your household.
  • You may exercise outside or spend time outdoors as many times each day as you wish with members of your household or with no more than one person from outside your household socially distancing.
  • For exercise you may use outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts, golf courses,  kayaks, sailing, canoes or stand up paddle boards. Also short trips in private motorised boats is allowed. These can only be with your household or one person from outside your household socially distancing .
  • Following travelling to open spaces, exercising outdoors or spending time outdoors you must return back to your home at the end of the day.
  • Businesses that are required by law to stay closed include, indoor & outdoor leisure facilities, campsites and caravan parks.
  • You should not stay away at another home nor should you visit or stay at other homes which includes, holiday homes and second homes.

 
Visiting Your Boat
Most boats on the Avon are moored at private mooring sites and marinas. These are not publicly accessible open spaces but are privately run businesses and often form part of the home of the marina owner. These are not normally places for outdoor exercise. Most boats with cabins are effectively floating holiday homes, second homes or floating caravans.
 
As the navigation authority, it is not for us to say whether you can or cannot drive and visit your boat at a private mooring site. Private marinas and boat yards will have to make their own decisions based around the government guidelines and whether the business operator can enforce and ensure that social distancing rules are followed, and that people will not meet up with more than one other person other than their household.

To help with information for boaters, in these fast changing times, we are working with our marina and mooring site partners to clearly communicate the COVID-19 control measures that each operator is implementing. We have set up a page that lists the operators and the current measures they have in place. Before you set off to visit your boat please visit this page to see the latest information or contact your mooring operator directly. Marina Page
 
As boats are effectively floating caravans and holiday homes, we believe that the government restrictions still apply. We also believe that people will meet with more than one person not from their household, especially at weekends if there are no controls. Therefore, ANT has decided for boats who moor at an ANT owned mooring site, we will control access by requiring boaters to pre-book a visit. Anyone who wishes to visit their boat at one of our mooring sites should first contact our office on 0300 111 2010. Signage to this affect will be posted at each site.
 
Boat Movement Management
In line with CRT, including the River Severn, the latest government advice means that passages through locks is still restricted to essential travel only. This is for three reasons. One to support the government in trying to stop the spread of the virus. Two to help those who live-aboard and will need to travel and have access to services and moorings on the river and thirdly to ensure that there are enough flood-safe moorings available for those who need to travel for essential reasons or who are on their boats self-isolating.
 
To try to control boat passages through locks in support of the government’s instructions, Tewkesbury, Strensham, Pershore, Wyre, Evesham and Trinity locks are closed to normal traffic, however they can be booked for essential passages. Boats should book a passage 24 hours in advance by ringing 0300 111 2010. A team will then be sent to the relevant site to open the lock at an agreed time (Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.00pm).
 
Outdoor exercise doing paddle sports such as kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding is allowed. Also short trips in private motorised boats is also allowed. These activities can only be with your household or one person from outside your household socially distancing and you must return home at the end of the day.
 
Overnight Moorings
In support of live-aboard boaters, 24 hour and 48 hour mooring duration limits on all our public moorings continue to be suspended until further notice and until government guidelines change. Similarly, overnight mooring charges that would normally have been in place at various locations continue to be suspended. When boats do have to move, they need to moor up at flood-safe moorings. This information is on our website and all services and moorings identified in our Welcome Leaflet.

 Service Stations
Pershore pump out and tip out service station remains fully open. Unfortunately, the Evesham station is still inoperable and is at our contractor’s workshop. The COVID-19 situation continues to cause the contractor major problems, the company is currently closed and therefore it is likely that this station will be closed for the foreseeable future. All other service sites are operational. Private marinas and boat yards continue to be making their own decisions on managing the situation so you will need to call them to see if they can provide their normal services.
 
We request that everyone be considerate and make sure a minimal amount of essential movement is maintained to keep vital facilities available to those who need them.
 
Operations & Maintenance
Even though the ANT team is significantly reduced with many of them stood down, we still have a skeleton team of field personnel out on the river doing essential flood recovery and public safety works while strictly following the government COVID-19 guidelines. Our administration function has been moved to our satellite office (used in flooding) and the Trust continues to be administered in the normal way. Contact details are as below.
 
Our office and wharf are closed and locked down together with Stratford Waterways Information Centre.
 
If you need to licence your boat, please do so by going to our website and licensing online where you can pay with PayPal or contact us as detailed below.
 
Unfortunately following six months of flooding the navigation has been hit quite hard. Over the last two months the small field team has been working hard to try to recover the navigation to a safe condition.

  • Barton Lock top gate has been repaired and the lock dredged, the lock is now fully operational.
  • Evesham Lock has now been cleared of a significant amount of debris on the weir barrier and at the lock entrance and the lock is fully operational.
  • Nafford Lock is now clear and fully operational with over 200 tons of debris being removed from above the lock.
  • Eckington Bridge has now been cleared of debris.
  • The debris clearance and tree-shear barge has now travelled the navigation.
  • All moorings and lock sides have been cleared.
  • All locks and overnight moorings have been mowed and cleared several times.

 
We will do everything we can to support our boaters by administering and maintaining the navigation so that we can all return to enjoy our lovely river once this crisis is passed.
 
We recommend that all boaters follow the government advice on the coronavirus by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 
How to Contact us
Please do not hesitate to contact us on our numbers below if you need any advice, guidance or support.

  • Satellite Administration Office & Customer Service: 0300 111 2010
  • Licensing Queries, booking an essential passage or advising of an essential visit to an ANT mooring: 0300 111 2010
  • Navigation concerns or incidents including an update of the navigation condition: 0300 999 2010
  • For general inquires or online licensing enquiries: 0300 111 2010

NEW SMS TEXT SERVICE
During the lock-down period we have been looking at ways to communicate better and quicker to ANT river users. We have now launched a FREE SMS Text Alert Service. To be included in the list, all you have to do is send a text message to 78900 with the word AVON. Do not include any other words in the text. When you no longer wish to receive the messages from us text STOP to 78900. We will be sending more information about this service in a separate email.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.
 
In these difficult times we need to all pull together to ensure that we get through this and are ready to once again enjoy our wonderful waterway.
 
Best Regards and please keep safe.

Clive Matthews

Chief Executive

 

COVID-19 update 2

23rd April 2020

Dear Boater & Supporter
 
Following last week’s confirmation of another three weeks of lock down I wanted to give you an update of the situation and an update on the state of the navigation.
 
As per Government requirements, boat movement is restricted to essential travel only. This is for three reasons. One to support the Government in trying to stop the spread of the virus. Two to help those who liveaboard and will need to travel and have access to services and moorings on the river and thirdly to ensure that there are enough flood safe moorings available for those who need to travel for essential reasons or who are on their boats self-isolating.
 
Overnight Moorings
In support of this 24 hour and 48 hour mooring duration limits on all our public moorings continue to be suspended until further notice and until Government guidelines change. Similarly overnight mooring charges that would normally have been in place at various locations continue to be suspended. When boats do have to move they need to moor up at flood safe moorings. This information is on our website and all services and moorings identified in our welcome leaflet link below.

Welcome Information Leaflet
 
 Service Stations
As communicated before both Pershore and Evesham pump outs were wiped out in the floods. I am pleased to report that our engineers have managed to refurbish the Pershore pump out and tip out and this service station is now fully open. Unfortunately the Evesham station is still inoperable and is at our contractors workshop. The COVID-19 situation is causing the contractor major problems who is currently closed and therefore it is likely that this station will be closed for the foreseeable future. All other service sites are operational. Private marinas and boat yards continue to be making their own decisions on managing the situation so you will need to call them to see if they can provide their normal services. Pump out tokens are only available to purchase online. Click here to order Pump out Tokens
 
We request that everyone be considerate and make sure a minimal amount of essential movement is maintained to keep vital facilities available to those who need them.
 
Boat Movement Management
To try and control boat movements in support of the Government’s instructions, Tewkesbury, Pershore, Wyre, Evesham and Trinity locks are closed to normal traffic, however they can be booked for essential passages. Boats should book a passage 24 hours in advance Monday to Friday only. Call 0300 111 2010 to book your passage. A team will then be sent to the relevant site to operate the lock Monday to Friday 9:00 to 16:00. There are no weekend passages available.
 
Operations & Maintenance
Even though the ANT team is reduced with over half of them stood down, we still have two teams of field personnel out on the river doing essential flood recovery and public safety works while strictly following the Government COVID 19 guidelines. Our administration function has been moved to our satellite office (used in flooding) and the Trust continues to be administered in the normal way. Contact details are as below.
 
Our office and wharf are closed and locked down together with Stratford Waterways Information Centre.
 
If you need to licence your boat, please do so by going to our licensing page and licence your boat online. Payment can now be made with PayPal or contact us as detailed below. (PayPal account not necessary)
 
Unfortunately following six months of flooding the navigation has been hit quite hard. Over the last month the small field teams have been working hard to try and recover the navigation to a safe condition.

Barton Lock top gate has been repaired. Three Black Country solutions were developed that has meant we did not need to lift the gate out. However the lock is still impassable due to silt in the lock. We hope to clear this in the next few weeks once the clearance barge gets to site.

Evesham Lock is closed due to a significant amount of debris on the weir barrier and at the lock entrance, we hope to clear this in the next week.

  • Nafford Lock is now clear. This involved 200 tons of debris removed from above the lock.
  • Eckington Bridge has now been cleared of debris.
  • The debris clearance and tree shear barge has now travelled from Tewkesbury to Chadbury Lock clearing the navigation.
  • Above Chadbury there are numerous trees down on the navigation partially blocking the channel.
  • All moorings and lock sides have been cleared.
  • All locks and overnight moorings have been mowed and cleared at least twice.

 
The tree shear and clearance barge is working its way from Chadbury to Stratford and it is hoped that we will clear to Stratford in the next few weeks.
 
We will do everything we can to support our boaters by administering and maintaining the navigation so that we can all return to enjoy our lovely river once this crisis has passed.

 
We recommend that all boaters follow the Government advice about coronavirus  by visiting: The Government Website

 
How to Contact us
Please do not hesitate to contact us on our numbers below if you need any advice, guidance or support. 

  • Satellite Administration Office & Customer Service and booking an essential passage: 0300 111 2010
  • Licensing Queries: 0300 111 2010
  • Navigation concerns or incidents including an update of the navigation condition: 0300 999 2010

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

 
In these difficult times we need to all pull together to ensure that we get through this and are ready to once again enjoy our wonderful waterway.
 
Best Regards and please keep safe.

Clive Matthews

Chief Executive

 

 

COVID-19 update

24th March 2020

Dear Boater & Supporter
 
I wanted to give you an update of the situation following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night. Also I wanted to give you an update on the state of the navigation following six month of flooding.
 
Following from the Prime Minister’s announcement we are asking leisure boats to restrict non-essential travel. This is for three reasons. One to support the Government in trying to stop the spread of the virus. Two to help those who live-aboard and will need to travel and have access to services and moorings on the river and thirdly to ensure that there are enough flood safe moorings available for those who need to travel for essential reasons or who are on their boats self-isolating.
 
In support of this we have therefore suspended the 24 hour and 48 hour mooring duration limit on all our public moorings until further notice and until government guidelines change. We have also suspended any overnight mooring charges that would normally have been in place at various locations. Also it is important that when boats do have to move that they moor up at flood safe moorings. This information is on our website and all services and moorings identified in our welcome leaflet
 
Unfortunately both Pershore and Evesham pump outs were wiped out in the floods and the machines are away at the supplier being rebuilt. We are trying to get these reinstalled as soon as possible but obviously the COVID-19 situation is causing the contractor major problems who has now closed for at least two weeks. All other service sites are operational. Private marinas and boat yards will be taking their own decisions on managing the situation so you will need to call them to see if they can provide their normal services.
 
We request that everyone be considerate and make sure a minimal amount of essential movement is maintained to keep vital facilities available to those who need them.
 
To try and control boat movements in support of the Government’s instructions, Tewkesbury lock is closed to normal traffic, however it can opened for booked essential passages. The Lock Keeper is self-isolating on site in a secure compound. Boats should book a passage 24 hours in advance by ringing 0300 999 2010. A team will then be sent to site to operate the lock at an agreed time.
 
Even though the ANT team is reduced due the need to for some of them to self-isolate, we still have two teams of field personnel out on the river doing essential flood recover and public safety works while strictly following the Government COVID-19 guidelines. Our administration function has been moved to our satellite office (used in flooding) and the Trust continues to be administered in the normal way. Contact details are as below.
 
Unfortunately following six months of flooding the navigation has been hit quite hard. The river only went down just over a week ago so we still have a lot to do with a much reduced team. Below are the current issues.
 

  • Barton Lock top gate has failed and the lock is closed.
  • Evesham Lock is closed due to a significant amount of debris on the weir barrier and at the lock entrance.
  • Nafford Lock is closed due to significant debris above the top gates.
  • Eckington Bridge has debris on it partly into the Navigation arch.
  • There are numerous trees down on the navigation partially blocking the channel.
  • Most moorings and lock sides have mud and debris on them.

 
The tree shear and clearance barge is working its way down river from Pershore and it is hoped that we will clear from Pershore to Tewkesbury by the end of this week. An update will be issued later this week.
 
We will do everything we can to support our boaters by administering and maintaining the navigation so that we can all return to enjoy our lovely river once this crisis is passed.
 
We recommend that all boaters follow the Government advice on the coronavirus  by visiting the GOV.UK website by clicking the button below.
 

Please do not hesitate to contact us on our numbers below if you need any advice, guidance or support.
 
Satellite Administration Office & Customer Service: 0300 111 2010
Licensing Enquiries: 0300 111 2010
Navigation concerns or incidents including an update of the navigation condition: 0300 999 2010

 
Thank you for your patience and continued support.
 
In these difficult times we need to all pull together to ensure that we get through this and are ready to once again enjoy our wonderful waterway.
 
Best Regards

Clive Matthews

Chief Executive