Im­prove­ment scheme

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

The works, which be­gan in Septem­ber are part of a scheme to im­prove 10 locks along the Med­way, the ma­jor­ity of which will be given fish passes to al­low the river’s pop­u­la­tion of pike, perch, roach and com­mon bream to nav­i­gate the span.

East Far­leigh is the sec­ond lock boaters ar­rive at if vis­it­ing from the tidal river and head­ing up­stream.

While shut it cuts off hun­dreds of boats from nearby mari­nas from us­ing half the river, in­clud­ing around 150 who head up to Med­way for Rochester’s Sweeps Fes­ti­val in April.

The sched­uled June fin­ish date also falls close to the much-an­tic­i­pated re­turned of the Maid­stone River Fes­ti­val on July 29 af­ter a three-year ab­sence and the mayor’s an­nual Court of Sur­vey Cruise.

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