Action Needed on Bridgewater Canal29 July 2016
As previously reported in Bulletin, Peel Holdings, owners of the Bridgewater Canal are now enforcing charges of £40 for boaters staying on the waterway for more than seven days or returning within 28 days. This will have an impact on private boaters wanting to cruise in this area and for hire boat companies, particularly those around the popular Cheshire Ring as a hire boat will be charged when it enters the Bridgewater Canal regardless of the fact that it has a new crew.
As part of IWA's campaign to ensure the Bridgewater Canal is accessible for cruising, IWA members and boaters who live in parliamentary constituencies which include the Bridgewater Canal are being encouraged to write to their MPs to raise concern about Bridgewater Canal Company’s changes to the reciprocal licensing arrangements for CRT licence holders.
The effect of these charges on boaters and traders could be very serious and if the Bridgewater Canal becomes underused it will have consequences for the health and future of the waterway itself.
Bridgewater Canal Company is owned by Peel Holdings, who have declined to reconsider these new arrangements despite approaches by IWA and CRT.
A letter template for those wishing to contact MPs is available for you to download and use. Parliamentary constituencies which include parts of the Bridgewater Canal are: Altrincham & Sale West, Halton, Leigh, Manchester Central, Salford & Eccles, Stretford & Urmston, Tatton, Warrington South, Weaver Vale, Worsley & Eccles South and Wythenshaw & Sale. Boaters and members are also encouraged to write to their own MPs about this situation.