Leicestershire Branch

We currently have an exciting 'once-in-a-generation' waterside regeneration opportunity in Leicester, but we need to ensure that any development is done sensitively. Leics IWA have submitted a 'constructively critical' response to the  Waterside Supplementary Planning Document consultation.

If any of our local membership come accross any local planning applications that may affect our waterways then can you please get in contact with a commitee member. It will also help to have the planning reference if possible.

We have in the past found that we have not been consulted with some of these projects. 

Our objection to new road over Oakham Canal 

2018/Reg3Ma/0182/LCC North & East Melton Distributor Road Melton Mowbray,Leicestershire OBJECTION INLAND WATERWAYS ASSOCIATION LEICESTERSHIRE BRANCH 
The Leicestershire Branch of the Inland Waterways Association are extremely concerned that your current proposals for the above works appear to make no provision for the Oakham Canal, and would, if implemented as currently proposed, effectively prevent the future restoration of the waterway. The proposal would also put a stop to the short-term plans for a walk/cycleway between Melton and Oakham along the line of the old waterway.
The prevention of the canal restoration completely fails to recognise the wellbeing benefits of our national waterways system to society, a fundamental aspect of the Canal and River Trust’s agenda, and completely fails to understand the potential economic benefits to the local business communities.
We trust that your current proposals will be reviewed and redesigned as necessary to take account of the Oakham Canal.
Andrew Shephard, MSc., Dip. Arch.
Acting Chairman
Inland Waterways Association - Leicestershire Branch

If you also feel stongly about this too then please let your voice be heard here as soon as possible.
http://leicestershire.planning-register.co.uk/Planning/Display?applicationNumber=2018%2FReg3Ma%2F0182%2FLCC

Dredging below Limekiln Lock

25th January 2019

Dredging has now been completed at Limekiln Lock on the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal. We are now about to campaign to get better access at Memory Warf to the City of Leicester. This may include a secure boaters service station. We shall see...

Our new Instagram account and gallery

We have now set up and Instagram account that allows pictures of events, work parties etc to be posted for all to see. 

Why not click on the new menu item to see. 

IWA Member Discounts

Do not forget your IWA member discounts. From hire boat holidays to eating out and equipment - there's something for everyone.  See the updated list of IWA member discounts

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Forthcoming Events

IWA Leicestershire Branch Meeting.

The next meeting is again at the Gate Hangs Well in Syston Leicestershire. Time 7.30pm 14th March 2019.

Last month Mr Phil Mulligan was unable to attend our meeting, so he will be our guest speaker this month. He is the Canal and River Trust's east new regional manager.
Hope to see you all there.

Our new chairman

As you may all know Ian Macdonald our old chairman has resigned due to him moving away from the area. 

Andrew Shephard is our new chairman. We welcome Andrew as he has a lot of experience in IWA matters.


In addition to the Leics IWA winter programme listed below, it is worth keeping an eye on the interesting Soar Boating Club events list here. The Club is a corporate IWA member.

You can also download the latest Soar Boating club newsletter from our publications page.

For all Leicestershire Branch Members and any non members wishing to visit.

The next meeting of the Leicestershire Branch is at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th March at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston. Our guest speaker will be Dr Adam Comerford, National Hydrology Manager for CRT. Adam will be giving a presentation titled ‘Water Management - too little, too much, just right’.

Adam has worked for the Trust, and previously for BW, since 2001, and leads their Water Management team. His presentation will cover the way the Trust tries to ensure a reliable supply of water to the network, an issue of particular interest to boaters using the Leicester Line.

We hope to see you there. 


Canal & River Trust have sold BWML

Published: Friday 1st February 2019

The Canal & River Trust has now sold BWML to Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) for an undisclosed sum. They say that new investment maybe on the way into BWML. There appears at this time not to be a name change.

About BWML

Set up in 2004, BWML is as an arm’s length subsidiary of the Canal & River Trust (‘the Trust’).  Originally set up with 10 marinas BWML now operates 18 marinas across England:

  • 3 coastal, 15 inland (of which 4 are on river navigations, including some outside the Trust’s navigations)
  • 17 ‘Gold Anchor’ accredited by The Yacht Harbour Association
  • 2,520 berths in total of which 28% (699) are residential
  • Statutory reported income in 2016/7 = £8.1m

Why is the Canal & River Trust looking to sell BWML?

The Trust is looking to focus more on its core priorities and to secure long-term revenue from its investments.  Having received a number of private approaches, and following an internal review, it has decided to explore options with a number of potential purchasers.  The waterways have always benefitted from private sector investment and this is also a good opportunity to introduce more private sector capital and energy into the sector.

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