PRESS RELEASE: IWA’s Gap Tracker to improve boaters’ facilities

Issue date: 23rd May 2018

In a major drive to improve boaters’ facilities nationwide, The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is asking for boaters’ help to identify areas on the UK’s canals and rivers where water and waste facilities are absent or inadequate.

The Gap Tracker campaign will gather evidence over the summer months to build up an accurate picture of boaters’ facilities across the whole waterway network, and IWA is asking boaters to supplement its own research by reporting significant gaps or where a site is in need of major refurbishment at waterways.org.uk/gaptracker.

IWA maintains that basic facilities such as water points, rubbish and sewage disposal should be available at least every five hours cruising time, and the Association intends to take its findings to navigation authorities across the country to encourage them to provide new or additional facilities in the right locations.

Steve Warwicker, Chairman of IWA’s Navigation Committee, explained: “It’s important this campaign is as wide-reaching as possible and we’re asking for boaters’ help to cover all navigable waterways, including those not connected to the main system.”

“We’re also aware of the difficulties that boaters’ face in some parts of the country in trying to recycle their waste, so we will be pressing navigation authorities to provide more recycling points. In the meantime, it’s great if all boaters can use existing recycling points whenever possible, so navigation authorities can see that there is a demand for this service from responsible waterways users,” he said.

More information about IWA’s campaign can be found at waterways.org.uk/gaptracker

 

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Photo caption “IWA is campaigning for basic boaters’ facilities to be no more than 5 hours boating apart”

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Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

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About The Inland Waterways Association

The Inland Waterways Association is the membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.

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Photo caption “IWA is campaigning for basic boaters’ facilities to be no more than 5 hours boating apart”

Higher resolution and alternative images available on request.