Leicestershire Branch



IWA is appealing to boaters and boatyard operators to respond to an HMRC consultation following the announcement that private pleasure craft in the UK will be prohibited from using red diesel.  The consultation, about the likely timescales required for implementing the change, follows the statement in the Spring Budget that HMRC would seek evidence on the impact of the government’s proposal to comply with the judgment made last year by the European Court of Justice. 

IWA met with HMRC officials late last year, along with British Marine, the Cruising Association, and the Royal Yachting Association; with all four boating representative bodies putting the case that a change to using white diesel would create insurmountable problems for boat users and the industry.

The implementation of the ruling would mean the end of the use of red diesel for any leisure boating.  Whilst red diesel could continue to be used for heating, it would have to be in a separate tank, and there would be no dispensation for any proportion of fuel used by the engine for generating heat and light.  Commercially operated boats would still be able to use red diesel, as would residential boaters with proof of fixed moorings, but boats without a home mooring who are continuously cruising would be required to use white diesel.  

IWA considers that it is not practical for most boats that use the inland waterways to have two tanks; that inappropriate modifications would raise safety concerns; and that many diesel suppliers would simply not supply both red and white diesel due to the costs of installing additional equipment.  IWA is particularly concerned that this change may encourage people to take measures that could adversely impact the environment and safety, such as increased use of generators in confined spaces or spillages from containers of fuel purchased away from the waterways.  IWA is also concerned that the increased costs faced by both boat owners and boatyard operators will make an already expensive pastime unaffordable to some existing boaters and to many potential new boaters.  

IWA will be taking up the offer from HMRC for further meetings during the consultation, and encourages all boating organisations, boatyards, diesel suppliers, and boat owners to respond to the consultation and provide evidence of the practical implications of the proposals.  

The consultation runs until 9th September and can be found on the Government website: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/implementation-of-the-court-of-justice-of-the-european-union-cjeu-judgment-on-diesel-fuel-used-in-private-pleasure-craft

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.

Limekiln Lock / Memory Lane

4th April 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.

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.  

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. Now have 76 followers to our page.

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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.

Our next social meeting will be held on Thursday 11th April at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston, Leicester.  The meeting will start at 7.30pm and our guest speaker will be Geoff Pursglove talking about the Ashby Canal.

Welford Arm

Some of our members will be manning our IWA Gazebo at the Welford Arm celebrations on Saturday  18th of May 2019. Why not come along and see us.

The whole event starts on Friday 17th, and carries on to Saturday 18th, and Sunday 19th May 2019.

The Old Union Canals Society, supported by C&RT, is holding a Rally of Boats and Celebration at Welford Wharf to mark 50 years since the re-opening of the Welford Arm in May 1969.

There will be historic narrowboats, steam traction engines, a pop-up canal history museum, various stalls and exhibits. The Wharf Inn is kindly providing music.

For more details, contact us via the Forum or email oucsinformation@gmail.com

If you wish to come by boat, please email matthew.harris@canalrivertrust.org.uk to book a mooring space (no charge, but mooring space is limited)

If you are attending the Crick show, this will make a pleasant and free diversion for the previous week.

If you want to know more about the Old Union Canals Society, check their website at www.old-union-canals.org or find them on facebook @OldUnionCanals

Pillings Lock Open Day

25th 26th and 27th of May, some of our members will be manning our IWA Gazebo at this event for all the days. We wil be handing out leaflets and engaging with boaters and the public.

There will be free boat trips, childrens events, stalls etc.

Why not come along for a look.

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.

See more information here

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