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Chairman:            Hilary Pereira

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Hon Secretary:    Pat Speight

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The Upper Tideway branch has a limited social programme of talks, walks and picnics, some together with other local groups.

We have a presence at various annual events, such as Tidefest, the Great River Race and Richmond Fair, and currently host the RTS cutter alongside a vintage craft just below Richmond bridge. With other local groups, we engage with the Thames Landscape Strategy, supporting and enhancing on our special local Arcadia.

We have an interest in planning matters, trying to preserve what is best about the river, and are ever watchful for applications, including any new non-mobile houseboats, that appear to encroach on precious river space.

The river authority for us is the Port of London Authority and in coming months we expect to respond to plans from them for changing the legislation under which they operate.

We are a small branch in terms of the length of the river we cover, but hope we punch above our weight, for example in relation to policy matters.

Current Activities (November 2021)

  • The River Thames above Richmond half-tide lock is in drain-off throughout November. Check the tide tables for low water to better access and explore the exposed river bed.

  • Submissions have been made on behalf of the RTS to the consultation on the PLA Harbour Revision Order and to that by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on the 'marina' at Waterman's Park. Plenty of concern on both was expressed on behalf of the RTS.

  • Submissions have been made on behalf of RTS to planning applications such as Twickenham Riverside. 

  • There has been attendance at various meetings, real and remote, on behalf of RTS with PLA and others.

  • We are looking forward to restarting our social programme - details are on the Events page and in Thames Guardian magazine.  

Upper Tideway Branch