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2m works set for boating river
The River Medway at Rochester
Kent's main boating river will see major works this winter
Kent's main boating river will see "15 essential projects" carried out this new year totalling 2m, the Environment Agency has said.

Projects on the River Medway this winter will include a 400,000 refurbishment of Hampstead Lock.

And a further 400,000 of works will be carried out at Allington to stabilise the eroding bank and improve facilities for boats, engineer Phil Munslow said.

A series of lock closures is planned on the river from January until March.

'Temporary dam'

Mr Munslow said: "We're all set to give Hampstead Lock a new lease of life with a major facelift.

"The lock chamber will undergo a thorough refurbishment and stability works will be carried out on the lock walls. "

He added that the lock would be drained for the duration of the works and a temporary dam would be put in place upstream.

Hampstead Lock will be closed from 7 January until 14 March.

People planning a trip on the Medway this winter are advised to check the Environment Agency website for information about other lock closures on the river.

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