IWA Welcomes APPWG Inquiry into Canal & River Trust

IWA Welcomes APPWG Inquiry into Canal & River Trust

09 July 2014

IWA has welcomed plans announced by the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group (APPWG), to hold an inquiry into Canal & River Trust (CRT), to evaluate the development, progress and future plans of the charity.

CRT was established in 2012 to take over management of 2,000 miles of British Waterways' navigations, which accounts for 50% of the UK's waterways.  IWA was heavily involved in campaigning for the creation of the new charity, to open up new streams of revenue, create a greater role for volunteers, enable better maintenance of waterways and give users greater involvement in their management.

The intention of the inquiry is to understand the aims, goals, progress and challenges of the new charity. APPWG, led by Chair, Sir Tony Baldry MP (a former Waterways Minister), proposes to hold an evidence session which would produce a report of the Inquiry’s findings, together with recommendations for government and other relevant bodies.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Funding (including the use of volunteers)
  • Mooring problems
  • CRT's relationship with the Environment Agency (EA) and the transfer of EA navigations over to CRT
  • CRT's response to recent flooding
  • CRT's relationship with the wider waterways community


IWA welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the Trust's achievements over the past two years, and to highlight some of the issues IWA has been campaigning for, particularly the transfer of EA navigations. IWA was a major influence in ensuring that CRT received an adequate financial settlement from Government when it became a charity in 2012, and is now lobbying for the transfer of EA navigations to CRT, subject to the right financial terms.

List of Witnesses:

  • Dan Rogerson MP (Waterways Minister)
  • Tony Hales (Chairman of Canal and River Trust)
  • Richard Parry (Chief Executive of Canal and River Trust)
  • Paul Leinster (Chief Executive of the Environment Agency)
  • Harvey Bradshaw (Director of Regulated Industry with the Environment Agency)
  • Angela Morris (Environment and Business Manager with the Environment Agency)
  • Les Etheridge (Chairman of The Inland Waterways Association)
  • Tamsin Phipps (Government & Public Affairs Manager with the British Canoe Union)


Les Etheridge, IWA National Chairman, said "IWA welcomes the opportunity to give evidence as part of this inquiry, and look at the Trust's performance, to ensure the best future for our inland waterways."

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