Home / FAQ / Staff / Downloads / Site Map /

The Cam Conservancy Header Image

Notices

Latest News /River Lowering /River Status /

Regional Navigation Closures and Restrictions /

Boats For Sale/Reclaim /

Visit our Archive Notices page to see all expired notices previously displayed here.


Latest News..

 

Notice of Information 2014/2015

Please view our information note issued March 2014.
PDF

 

Requirements of Registration

 

The Conservators have issued a consultation on the requirements of registration under their byelaws. All river users are invited to comment on these proposals. The deadline for responses at Baits Bite Offices is 5pm, Friday 31st January 2014.
Stakeholder letter (PDF)
Proposed revisions to requirements of registration (PDF)

 

Conservancy response to Cambridge News punting article

 

Raymond Brown’s article (‘Stop foolish legal battle over punts’), evidently based on information provided by Mr Sam Matthews, is wrong on important points. The facts are these:
1. After safety concerns, the Cam Conservators decided that commercial punts would only be licensed if they were operated from one of six recognised punt stations. Mr Matthews challenged this decision through a shell company he established (Cam Punting Ltd) in the High Court. He failed. The Court dismissed the claim and made an order of costs in favour of the Conservators against both Mr Matthews personally, and his company, Cam Punting Ltd.
2. Mr Matthews applied to the Court of Appeal for leave to appeal. This application was dismissed, being described by the judge as “hopeless”. Mr Matthews then applied to the Court of Appeal for an oral hearing. The Court of Appeal considered that the main point of the appeal (the need to operate commercial punts from a registered punt station) was unarguably right and upheld that. The Court of Appeal did allow Mr Matthews to argue against the costs he was personally ordered to pay.
3. At a hearing last week, Mr Matthews succeeded in having the costs order against his personally being set aside. The Court described Mr Matthews as “foolish” for not attending court earlier. The order for costs against Cam Punting Ltd still stands, but has not been paid.

This legal battle has been instigated and pursued by Mr Matthews. His proceedings failed. The only reason the Conservators have to pay the costs is because Mr Matthews established a shell company with no assets. He hid behind this company when bringing the proceedings. Despite the outcome of the proceedings, he continues commercial punting operations from the Garrett Hostel Bridge in contravention of the Conservators’ byelaws and in defiance of court orders. Mr Matthews is currently expected to appear in the magistrates’ court later this week in relation to those breaches.

On behalf of the Conservators.

Clive Brown
Appointed Conservator
25 November 2013

River Lowering

 

Arrangements for lowering the middle river 2013-14.
Click here to view PDF

Error in 2013/14 craft registration renewal

 

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that an error was made when calculating the craft registration fees for the 2013/14 registration year. If you have been sent a registration renewal letter from us, then the demand for the annual fees commencing 1st April 2013 is incorrect. We apologise for this error which resulted from applying an incorrect inflationary increase. The effect of this error is that you have been overcharged by 2.2%.

We set out below how we propose to deal with this issue.

Option 1 – already paid

If you have already paid your craft registration for 2013/14 and we have banked the payment (cheque or credit card), we will arrange for a refund of 2.2% of the fee paid to be returned to you.

Option 2 – application sent but paid but not processed yet

If you have sent us your cheque for 2013/14 but we have not banked it yet, we will return your cheque to you and respectfully request that you send a new cheque for the correct amount.

Option 3 – paying by monthly instalments

If you have already arranged to pay the annual registration fee by monthly instalments then you should ask your bank to reduce the amount of the final (January 2014) instalment so that the correct amount is paid.

The correct tariff of fees for the Cam Conservancy Area 2013/14 is now showing on our web pages.

If you have yet to pay your registration fees for 2013/14, or if you have been asked to re-issue a cheque following return of your original payment, please remit payment of the amount owing based on the corrected tariff of fees. New applicants must complete a Registration Application Form 13A with any payment.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this error.

 


Suspension of Navigation as follows:

 

25/03/2014

NOTICE is hereby given under Section 42 of the River Cam Navigation Act 1851 that navigation on that part of the River Cam at Baits Bite Lock, Milton, will be suspended from 8am until 5pm on Tuesday 25th March 2014. This suspension of navigation is for a routine mechanical engineering inspection. The lock will be out of action between these times.

The Conservators of the River Cam apologise for any inconvenience caused.

05/01/2014 - 19/01/2014

NOTICE is hereby given under Section 42 of the River Cam Navigation Act 1851 that navigation on the middle river (Bishop’s and Newnham Mills to Jesus Lock) will be suspended from 5pm on Sunday 5th January 2014 until 5pm on 19th January 2014 inclusive.

The middle river is being lowered to allow for inspections of structures, identification of underwater hazards and riverbank repairs by landholders. River users are requested to remove their boats from the ‘middle river’ during this period of lowered water levels.

The Conservators of the River Cam apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

CHESTERTON (GREEN DRAGON) BRIDGE 6/01/14 - 14/03/2014

NOTICE is hereby given under Section 42 of the River Cam Navigation Act 1851 that navigation on that part of the River Cam at Chesterton (Green Dragon) Bridge, will be partially suspended from 8am on Monday 6th January 2014 until 5pm on Friday 14th March 2014 inclusive.

Contractors will be making repairs to the bridge and undertaking repainting of the structure. Scaffolding across the structure will restrict the navigation channel width to half the normal width (approximately 10 metres only). There will be traffic lights on the bridge to control river traffic. River users are requested to proceed with caution and to observe the red and green traffic control signals.

 

20/01/2013 - 14/03/14

NOTICE is hereby given under Section 42 of the River Cam Navigation Act 1851 that navigation on that part of the River Cam at Jesus Lock, Cambridge, will be suspended from 8am on Monday 20th January 2014 until 5pm on Friday 14th March 2014 inclusive.

This suspension of navigation is to permit a refurbishment of Jesus Green footbridge. Scaffolding will be in place across the structure. The lock will be out of action between these dates.

The Conservators of the River Cam apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

06/01/14 - 14/01/14

NOTICE is hereby given under Section 42 of the River Cam Navigation Act 1851 that navigation on that part of the River Cam at Chesterton (Green Dragon) Bridge, will be partially suspended from 8am on Monday 6th January 2014 until 5pm on Friday 14th March 2014 inclusive.

Contractors will be making repairs to the bridge and undertaking repainting of the structure. Scaffolding across the structure will restrict the navigation channel width to half the normal width (approximately 10 metres only). There will be traffic lights on the bridge to control river traffic. River users are requested to proceed with caution and to observe the red and green traffic control signals.
The Conservators of the River Cam apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 


Boats For Sale/Reclaim

 

VESSEL FOR SALE: PERCEPTION KAYAK

 

red kayak

The above Category 02 craft is offered for sale (under Byelaw 11.4) by sealed tender if not reclaimed by 26 January 2014. It is being sold ‘as seen’ and it is held in the Conservators’ Depot at Clayhithe Bridge, Horningsea, CB25 9JB. Viewing is by appointment only; telephone the River Foreman, 07802 862711. Sealed tenders should be sent to the River Manager at the address below in an envelope marked ‘vessel tender’, to arrive no later than 26 January 2014.

The Conservators are not bound to accept the highest or any tender received. Please note that the registration fee for the vessel will have to paid before it is released.

River Manager
Conservators of the River Cam
Baits Bite Lock
Fen Road
Milton
Cambridge CB24 6AF
Date:  30 December 2013 (PDF)

BOAT FOR SALE - G5964 ‘Tina’

 

Dancer

The above Category 34 craft is offered for sale (under Byelaw 11.4) by sealed tender if not reclaimed by 16 July 2013.

It is being sold ‘as seen’ and it is held in the Conservators’ Depot at Clayhithe Bridge, Horningsea, CB25 9JB. Viewing is by appointment only; telephone the River Foreman, 07802 862711.

Sealed tenders should be sent to the River Manager at the address below in an envelope marked ‘vessel tender’, to arrive no later than 16 July 2013.

The Conservators are not bound to accept the highest or any tender received. Please note that the registration fee for the vessel will have to paid before it is released.

River Manager
Conservators of the River Cam
Baits Bite Lock
Fen Road
Milton
Cambridge CB24 6AF
Date:  19 June 2013

 

Abandoned Boat for Reclaim - G16475 ‘JESTER’

 

Jester

 

The above Category 37 craft having been recovered by the Conservators (under byelaw 11.3) is retained (under byelaw 11.4) for reclamation by the owner within 2 months of 11 September 2009. In the event that no person reclaims the boat and pays the amount owing by the 11 November 2009 the boat will be sold immediately (under byelaw 11.4.). Claims of ownership (with supporting documentation and payment) should be sent to the address below in an envelope endorsed ‘Boat Claim’ to arrive no later than 11 October 2009.

Please note that the craft will have to be registered, and the registration fee paid together with the costs of recovery and storage, before release.

 

Philippa Noon
River Manager
Conservators of the River Cam
Baits Bite Lock
Fen Road
Milton
Cambridge
CB4 6AF

 


River Status..

 

River Rhee at Byron’s Pool, Grantchester

River Cam at Jesus Lock, Cambridge

River Cam at Baits Bite Lock, Milton

River Cam at Bottisham Lock, Waterbeach

 


Regional Navigation Closures and Restrictions..

 

Temporary Emergency Restrictions of Recreational Waterways will be listed here:

Bedford River Festival 16/07/10 - 19/07/10 PDF>>

Click on one of the following links for more regional information.
(External Links will open in a new browser window)

Environment Agency

Middle Level Commissioners

 


 

This page is for all up to date information regarding strong stream advice and closures as well as any other news from the Conservators. Any river lowering periods or notices of restricted access that we are aware of will be listed here for your convenience. Be sure to bookmark and check back regularly for all up to date notices.

 

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The navigation authority for the River Cam since 1702.