Waterway Minister Recognises Importance of Volunteers

Waterway Minister Recognises Importance of Volunteers

01 August 2015

Following on from the successful Parliamentary Reception held by IWA on 7th July, the Waterway Minister, Rory Stewart MP, has agreed to a meeting with IWA representatives in the autumn.  

In the meantime, the Minister has said that "Our inland waterways, enjoyed by millions of boaters, walkers, anglers and cyclists, are one of the most precious parts of Britain's heritage and landscape.

"It was great to meet with volunteers at the Inland Waterways Association’s reception in Parliament. By restoring derelict waterways, ensuring safer towpath cycling and cultivating our natural environment, these volunteers make a huge contribution to local communities and ensure our waterways and wildlife habitats are available for everyone to enjoy. They are an inspiration to us all. ‎"

IWA works to keep our waterways alive and strives to:

  • Be the voice of the waterways.
  • Campaign and work for the future of our inland waterways.
  • Lead the waterway restoration movement.
  • Enhance and promote navigation on our inland waterways.
  • Enable everyone to enjoy our waterways.

As the Minister highlights this is put into action through IWA’s practical restoration work and the support it offers restoration projects; our work to promote and make towpaths a safe place for everyone, whether a boater, walker, angler or cyclist, with all users acting considerately and responsibly so that everyone can enjoy the space safely and without concern (see IWA’s Towpath Policy and Briefing Note – Cycling on Towpaths); and our work to look after the natural environment through our volunteer work parties. This is just a small part of what IWA does, visit our website to find out more.

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