The Middle Level, apart from its flood protection role, is also the fourth largest navigation authority in the United Kingdom and is responsible for approximately 100 miles (160 kilometres) of statutory navigation and the operation of six navigation locks.
The Nene-Ouse Navigation Link forms part of the Middle Level Navigation. The Link is at present the only connection between the Great Ouse and the Main Canal Network.
During a normal summer, over 1,000 passages of the Link-Route are made by pleasure craft.
The Commissioners issue Navigation Notes, which provide navigation details for boat owners, who wish to use the system. See Navigation documents for more information.
You can now follow the Middle Level on Twitter via @MLCnavigation
BREAKING NEWS – Anglian Pass
The MLC are pleased to advise that for the 2021/22 licencing year and beyond vessel owners be able to purchase an Anglian Pass from the EA, which when used in conjunction with the Middle Level licence will allow passage onto EA (Anglian) and Conservators of the River Cam waters – see the PDF below:
Link to EA application form – Anglian Pass Online Application Form|Anglianwaterways(visitanglianwaterways.org)
Lock Keeper of the Year Presentation
Three Fenland Lock Keepers were finalists in the British Marine Inland Boating Lock Keeper of the year award 2020. The Award, also known as the Esme Dowling Award in memory of Esme Dowling, a Lock Keeper at Napton Locks on the Oxford Canal from 1957-1988, is presented annually by hotel boat and hire boat operators in British Marine membership to navigation authority staff or volunteers who have gone the extra mile in delivering excellent customer service on the UK’s inland waterways network. The award is open not only to Lock Keepers, but to all waterways staff who have offered outstanding assistance to waterways users.
Runner up certificates were presented to Ben Di-Giulio and Dan Pollard of the Denver Lock and Complex (EA Anglia) and Paul Grodkiewicz Salter’s Lode (Middle Level Commissioners).
The certificates and a letter of thanks from British Marine Inland Boating Chair Nigel Hamilton were presented by Paula Syred Vice Chair of British Marine Inland Boating and Managing Director of Fox Narrowboats at Denver Lock on Thursday 10th June 2021.
Paula thanked the recipients for their hard work and dedication in assisting hire boat customers through the lock and for their knowledge of the local area that they pass on to holiday customers. All three work as a close team across two navigation authorities which shows an additional amount of cooperation.
It is the first time in the long history of the award that anyone from the Anglia Region has reached the finals of the award.
Their nomination for the award read “These guys are amazing controlling the tidal crossing, acting as a public information service and assisting hire boat customers. Over the past few years they have calmed the nervous, assisted with taxis when people have had to respond to family emergencies and their knowledge of the local waterways is second to none.”
Also in attendance for the presentation were Jon Fenn, Operations Engineer at the Middle Level Commissioners and Rupert Wilson from the Environment Agency.
Middle Level Commissioners & Well Creek Trust Replacement Moorings, Salters Lode Lock
The eagerly awaited replacement moorings at Salters Lode have recently been completed, just in time for the start of the 2021 navigation season.
The new structure has been constructed using a bespoke design, and is the first to be constructed in the Middle Level Commissioners’ system featuring a simplified steel pile subframe topped with GRP decking material.
It is hoped the new design and use of steel piles will extend the anticipated lifespan of the structure, and minimise future maintenance at this frequently used facility.
The 24 metre long mooring has been part funded by a contribution from the Well Creek Trust, with the remainder being funded by the Middle Level Commissioners.
Fenland District Council’s (FDC’s) Sanitation Point
The Sanitation Point at March Town Bridge is maintained and remains the responsibility of Fenland District Council (Tel: 01354 654321).
Due to COVID-19 and the closure of FDC’s customer contact hubs they regret that they are temporarily unable to issue tokens for the pump out facility at the March Sanitation point. There will still be facilities for boats to use the Sluice Room and the Potable Water facilities which are operational as normal. They apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The facilities available to navigators on a no charge basis include:
- Drinking Water
- Boat Hold Refuse Disposal
- Chemical Toilet Disposal
- Tank Wash Out
The Pump Out facilities are currently out of order. Further information can be found on the Council’s web site, by phoning 01354 654321 or on the purple information board at the Service Block.