All change for Thames keep­ers

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THE EN­VI­RON­MENT AGENCY is re­cruit­ing lock- and weir-keep­ers for the Thames af­ter the re­tire­ment of four ex­ist­ing res­i­dent keep­ers.

Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of the keep­ers at Rad­cot, Os­ney, If­fley and Rom­ney locks, four ex­ist­ing staff have taken over as res­i­dent keep­ers.

Two (John O’Hara at Rad­cot; Ai­den Ma­hon at If­fley) have moved up from be­ing re­lief keep­ers cov­er­ing for hol­i­day or sick­ness; while two have trans­ferred from other locks ( Mark Winks from North­moor to Os­ney; Katie Mar­shall from Ben­son to Rom­ney). In the past, con­cerns have been ex­pressed by boat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions re­gard­ing the fu­ture of res­i­den­tial keep­ers on the river. How­ever, Thames Nav­i­ga­tion Man­ager Barry Rus­sell said he hoped the new ap­point­ments would be a part of their com­mu­ni­ties “for many years to come”.

The EA has con­firmed that all four va­can­cies cre­ated – at Ben­son and North­moor plus the two re­lief posts – will be filled, with re­cruit­ment un­der­way.

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