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Title: River Nene waterway plan
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
This plan is linked to the Quality of Life theme as set out in our Corporate Strategy 2006 - 2011. By taking this theme into account we will help local authorities and others to improve local environments, particularly in disadvantaged areas. We will also play our part to encourage more people from more diverse backgrounds to enjoy and care about their water environment, for example providing opportunities for them to enjoy our rivers. These goals can only be achieved through action-orientated partnerships. The River Nene, or Nen upstream of Thrapston, is one of the most natural river valleys of any navigable river in England and Wales, offering the unspoilt beauty of the waterway and the wider countryside. The public right of navigation - a common law right of access for boating - was established before King John put his seal to the Magna Carta. The Environment Agency is the present day guardian of this right. The Nene becomes navigable at Northampton and Environment Agency controlled navigation extends to Bevis Hall, just upstream of Wisbech. There are 38 locks that maintain water levels for navigation and discharge floodwater in times of high flow. For this reason the design of the locks differs from those on other inland navigations. Nearly all the Nene locks have upstream pointing doors and downstream guillotine gates. In times of flood, at certain locks, the pointing doors are chained back and the bottom guillotine gate controls the flow of the water. This unique design is an important heritage feature of the River Nene.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 1996]
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: RiversRecreationQuality of lifeAction plans
Geographic Keywords: EA AnglianNene (river)Nene catchment
Extent: 27
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