Friday, July 27, 2007

EA launches online boat owners survey

Environment Agency navigation chiefs are launching an online survey to find out boat owners' priorities when it comes to spending cash on our waterways.

The EA is the navigation authority for the non-tidal Thames, the rivers Wye and Medway and six East Anglian waterway systems including the Great Ouse and Nene catchments .

"In August we are running an online survey to gain views on how our navigable waterways are used and what boaters consider and what boaters consider as the priorities for operations and services," says a letter to boat owners from National Navigation Manager Stuart Taylor.

"These responses will help inform and be fed into a national funding strategy. To help inform our decisions, we want to hear yyour views on what we do, what you value and what you may feel we do too much of."

Survey results, which will be gathered anonymously by an independent survey company, will be presented to the board of the EA in November and published afterwards.