IWA AWARDS - Richard Bird Medal
Each year the IWA celebrates worthy individuals and hardworking Branches dedicated to improve our waterways. As a result the annual 2019 RICHARD BIRD medals were awarded to seven IWA memebers, one of which was Ian McDonald our ex chairman. He was awarded a medal for his long term commitment and devotion to the IWA.
We at the branch also salute you Ian for all your hard work in the past years.
Ian Receiving his Richard Bird award
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.
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.
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.
4th November 2019
We are now in the process of talking to Phil Mulligan (CRT), about getting better access at Memory Warf to the City of Leicester. This may include a secure boaters service station with water and sanitation. The problem at the moment, is to sort out land rights and access etc. Our branch are now involved in trying to impliment this project with CRT.
UPDATE - There will be residential mooring and visitor mooring provided, plus a new service station. Full details to follow when fully released.
We are also in the process of bringing back to life the Lime Kiln Lock plaque that was for the 1967 National IWA Rally held at this location. We are investigating at this time on how to proceed. The plaque was heavily drawn on and then painted over in red paint. This also included the lock name board.
We have now set up and Instagram account that allows pictures of events, work parties etc to be posted for all to see. Now have 76 followers to our page.
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
Our first social meeting for the Autumn season is on Thursday 14th November.
Venue for the meeting is the Co-op Sports & Social Cub, Birstall Road, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4DE. The meeting will start as usual at 7.30pm.
For this meeting, we will be joined by Michael Golds from the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association. He will be talking about previous and proposed work on the canal including the possible link to the Derby Canal.
We hope you will try to make the meeting, which we hope to make more interactive than perhaps previous meetings have been.