Drop-in session about future of the navigation lock at Elvington

Residents and river users are invited to a public drop-in event to discuss the future of the navigation lock at Elvington on the River Derwent.

The Environment Agency is hosting the event to allow people to find out what the future options are for the lock and sluices, following closure of the guillotine lock gate in February.

This part of the lock is out of use because the metal frame is old and unsafe. If the structure failed when being operated, it could cause damage to boats or injury to anyone nearby.

The Environment Agency carried out a structural assessment of the lock gate and the sluices, and the organisation is keen to share the findings with interested local people, and to seek their views on what should be done next.

Although the lock gate has been maintained by the Environment Agency for some time, the lock and sluices do not provide any benefits in terms of flood protection so it has been difficult for the Environment Agency to obtain money to manage and maintain them. There is also no formal right of navigation through the structure or upstream of the lock and sluices, although boat users have travelled upstream via the lock gate for many years.

To allow people to find out more about the future options for the lock and sluices, a public drop-in will be held at Elvington Parish Hall between 4.30pm and 8pm on Tuesday 14 October.

Mark Reid, from the Environment Agency, said: “We recognise that the River Derwent is used for a variety of purposes by a range of people, and we would like to discuss the future of the lock and sluices with them before we reach a final decision about what to do next.

“We are particularly mindful that people may have concerns about the future of navigation on the river, and we will be taking this into account as we work towards a solution.”