We are asking these MPs to take up issues affecting the inland waterways in our new Parliamentary Briefing “The Future of the Inland Waterways” launched at a recent gathering at the Houses of Parliament. Sixty people attended, with addresses from both Lord German, a long-term supporter of the waterways and Paul Rodgers, IWA’s new Chairman.
Among the issues raised in the briefing is the ongoing need for adequate funding of the publicly owned waterways operated by Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency; research into how the waterways can be more sustainable and could help contribute to the Government’s goal of the UK becoming carbon neutral by 2050; the need for affordable residential moorings; the importance of protecting our waterways heritage; and how waterways restoration can act as a catalyst for a much wider regeneration of the surrounding area.
MPs attending the reception were encouraged to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways, which will now be reconstituted after the election. The briefing document will be sent to all MPs with a waterway in their constituency, over 400 in total, and we’ll ask for support for the issues we have raised both in parliament and through their work in the constituency.