© Crown copyright 2014
This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 except where otherwise stated. To view this licence, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3 or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email: email@example.com.
Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned.
This publication is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/paddle-and-rymer-weir-improvments/paddle-and-rymer-weir-improvements
The Environment Agency own 5 paddle and rymer weirs on the River Thames. These are located at:
Paddles and rymers are heavy and awkward to move, and could cause injury to Environment Agency staff. The Environment Agency is therefore looking at how these weirs operate to see if they need to make any changes to reduce the risk of injury.
The Environment Agency has started work at Rushey to replace the weir, as structural surveys showed it was in very poor condition and needed urgent attention.
They are keeping a small, safe-to-operate paddle and rymer element as a heritage feature. This was agreed with English Heritage.
Goring Weir includes a small paddle and rymer section, which the Environment Agency replaced with a lightweight version on a trial basis. They intend to make this a permanent change.
This will require listed building consent, as the weir is Grade-2 listed.
Northmoor, Iffley and Streatley
The Environment Agency will not know if any work is needed on the paddle and rymer weirs at Northmoor, Iffley and Streatley until a health and safety review has been completed.
For more information, email: WTenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk