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EA backs down on lock house sales - for now

Under pressure from Thames MPs and Environment Minister Phil Woolas, the Environment Agency has agreed to put on hold its proposed sell-off of Thameside lock houses.

In a statement issued this weekend, it said: "We have agreed to put on hold any changes proposed by the lock house review until we have completed our full review of staff roles, responsibilities, terms and conditions. No action will be taken to sell or rent lock hosues until these negotiations are completed.

"We anticipate that this will take six months, but this guarantee will continue until all negotiations are completed or January 1, 2009, whichever is latest. We will then review the position with lock-keepers and their representatives and with the MPs' group."

Could the EA perhaps be optimistic about the chances of getting more money out of DEFRA - and being able to afford to keep the houses?

Monday 23 June  | Richard Fairhurst  | 11.07am, Monday 23 June 2008

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