IWA Head Office Bulletin – March 2010 – Issue 160

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If you are already an IWA member, please scroll down this page until you reach the options that have '(existing member)' after the membership type and that have 'Fee: Free'. Click on the register button and follow instructions.

Your registration will then be validated by the membership team, following which you will shortly receive an email confirming your username and password. This will allow you to be able to log onto the site and see your profile.

If you are a Trustee, IWA branch or region Officer, Planning Officer , or  if you are a non-profit making corporate member for whom IWA arranges insurance, please let us know once you have registered, so that we can enable full access to the relevant private access pages for you by contacting us at  operations@waterways.org.uk. Thank you.

 About People

 

We are saddened to report the untimely deaths of; Barry Green.  Barry was a chairman of the former Norwich Branch for many years, then became Eastern Region chairman and was a long-serving member of the national festivals team.  He was much involved with issues on the Broads and served on various Environment Agency and Broads Authority committees involving navigation;

Allen Matthews, Allen was a founder of ‘Ownerships’ shared boat ownership scheme and a long time supporter of the Association. He had been suffering from cancer;

William (Bill) Wilson (died November 2009). Bill was for many years chairman of IWA’s original Merseyside Branch (now covered by Merseyside & West Lancashire and Chester & District branches). Bill became active at the time of the 1968 Liverpool National Rally and was in the forefront when it came to fighting the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, when it wanted to close Stanley Dock in Liverpool, and later when the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal came under threat.

 



IWA Festivals Vacancies

Vacancies have arisen in the Festivals Team for the year 2011, with the opportunity to understudy the current but soon to retire holders of the following positions:
•    National Festival Site Director
•    National Festival Media Director
•    National Festival Attractions Manager
For more information please contact Sandy Jones.

 

About IWA

IWA SOS Campaign - Waterway Awareness Days and Events
Several branches are organising activities in the run up to the election and in particular waterway awareness days  to raise awareness for our SOS campaign and to influence local politicians on the value of the waterways in their area in the run up to May Day. Further details...

IWA SOS Campaign-  Writing to MPs and Prospective Candidates
IWA appreciates any support you can muster in the run up to the general election - if only to write letters to prospective candidates or the local newspapers, - everything counts.

A list of MPs by waterways and branches together with template letters and links to search facilities for  prospective candidates are all available on the IWA SOS website. More…

IWA Inland Waterway Conservancy Proposals
IWA has recently written to key politicians and stakeholders outlining our proposals for a waterways conservancy.  Currently there are over 5,000kms of navigable waterways in the ownership or control of over 30 navigation authorities, the two largest are the government funded and controlled agencies, British Waterways and the Environment Agency. Our vision is to encourage the formation of a larger, rationalised organisation, incorporating both British Waterways and Environment Agency managed waterways, together with the opportunity for other non-publicly funded navigations to join. IWA doesn’t foresee the new organisation as being a case of a take-over by one organisation of another, but something completely new.

IWA Initial Response to Waterways for Everyone
IWA has drafted its initial response to Waterways for Everyone, and is now in the process of consulting internally prior to finalising its response. Clive Henderson, IWA national chairman and campaign team have additionally had a meeting with the lead Defra officials, to put forward its views and discuss the proposed Conservancy in the context of the consultation.   IWA will include reference to the opportunities for an Inland Waterways Conservancy in its final response.  

IWA National Waterways Conference

Date: IWA’s next National Waterways Conference will be held on17 April 2010.
Location: At Sandwell MBC Council House Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE.

IWA’s National Conference for Waterway Societies has been planned to bring together all waterway organisations that have an interest in the well being, development or restoration of their canals or river navigations.
Prominent and practically experienced speakers will advise on the important issues facing the waterways today and in the future, particularly concerning volunteering and maintaining the efforts to bring waterways back into use.  There will be ample opportunity for delegates to put questions to speakers both publicly during their presentations and privately during break intervals.
Who should attend? Senior Navigation Authority officers involved with waterway projects and volunteers. Senior officers from waterway societies, trusts and other waterway interests.

Senior members of The Inland Waterways Association and well-known waterway personalities will be on hand to answer any questions and specific concerns during the refreshment breaks. More...

IWA Response to BW Licence Proposals
IWA has responded to British waterways raising concerns over the following key points:

That the claim by BW that there was no increase in licence fees this year is not true, due to removal of early payer discount rendering an increase in excess of  the retail prices index and possibly more dependent on the outcome of British Waterways decisions.

Additional concern was raised that the loss of boat club collection fees meant that not only would clubs suffer a loss of income, but BW would lose the use of a valuable resource in policing the licensing of boats when licence evasion is still a major issue. This was considered a retrograde step and likely to make matters worse.

Concern was also raised over the loss of the Explorer licence, which it was felt could create an adverse impact on grass roots participation.

WRG Praised in Parliament 
Bob Laxton MP for Derby North, who is IWA’s current joint Parliamentarian of the year together with  Staffordshire Moorlands Labour MP Charlotte Atkins have helped table a Parliamentary Early Day Motion which congratulates the Inland Waterways Association’s Waterway Recovery Group on its 40th Anniversary...

IWA  Wild Over Waterways (WOW) Kits For Waterway Events
Running WOW activities at IWA organised events can be very useful.  Apart from attracting people to stay on site, it also enables children to learn more about the waterways and to take a legacy of your event home with them.

Three new WOW kits will be available from May onwards - one will be sited in the South, one in the Midlands and the other in the North so in future it should be easier n collecting  equipment, whilst new signage and banners will also help to enhance any WOW marquee. For more information...  or  contact Gillian Bolt

IWA Volunteering Opportunities - Waterway Recovery Group
For the latest news on what opportunities are available please see our 2010 Programme of Events

IWA Launches Tailored Boat Insurance Scheme with Breakdown Membership
IWA has teamed up with both Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue to enable an insurance facility that it believes is unique to the market, with the added benefit that every policy taken out and subsequently renewed helps IWA, and so helps our charitable work for the waterways.

IWA tailored inland waterway insurance policies cover loss and damage to your vessel, protect against legal claims, pay out for injury and damage caused to other property and provide the additional security of inclusive breakdown membership. More information ...

IWA Tom Rolt Events
To mark the centenary of Tom Rolt’s birth, and also to highlight the IWA’s work; several events are being organised throughout the country. More details...

IWA Re-enactment of the Cressy Cruise
Ron & Mary Heritage from IWA’s Oxfordshire Branch plan to leave Banbury on 24th April, , on their narrow boat ‘Heron’ to retrace Tom & Angela’s 1939 cruise as part of the IWA’s Centenary celebrations. The send off starts at 11 am – 12.30 pm.  A cavalcade of boats is planned to depart from Tooley’s Yard, escorting ‘Heron’ on its way. Further information...

Heron” will be decorated during its travels, promoting the Rolt story, the inland waterways generally and IWA’s history. Other boaters and enthusiasts who wish to accompany  Ron & Mary in their own crafts for all, or part, of the journey are most welcome.  Contact Ron & MAry Heritage

IWA and Waterways on TV
BBC 1 Midlands Inside Out recently told a brief history of the revival of the country’s canals  and featured Sonia Rolt and Vic Smallshire. IWA was also favourably mentioned. To see the programme please click here and move the time cursor on the programme to 22 minutes.

IWA Sets up Facebook Group
Facebook the social networking forum which enables participants to share information, photos, news and discussions, is now being used by IWA for those ‘net savvy’ individuals who already utilise such sites, following requests from members. For more information ...

About Waterways

derby_bridge80pxTrent & Mersey Canal - Repairs to collapsed Derbyshire canal bridge begin -  In October 2008 part of it gave way, dumping a trailer into the canal and blocking the waterway. Now British Waterways has begun repairs using traditional methods...


Grand Union Canal
- New heritage partnership agreement for Foxton Locks - A new Heritage Partnership Agreement has been signed by British Waterways, English Heritage, Harborough District Council and Leicestershire County Council, signalling a change in the way the historic environment at one of Leicestershire's top tourist attractions is managed...

Grand Union Canal - Marsworth -  British Waterways and its property development partner, H2O, have withdrawn their proposals to redevelop the site at Marsworth, following a meeting with planning officers at Aylesbury Vale District Council,...

Grand Union Canal Lock gates removed for £55000 repairs - The lock gates on the Buckby flight are more than 20 years old and over time they have become worn ...

Grand Western Canal - Rangers and towpath users at the Grand Western Canal Country Park are increasingly concerned at the quantity of dog mess which is being left, causing the council to experiment with spraying the excrement pink ...


march_bulletin_thumb1Llangollen CanalTree falls on canal couple's home - Lucky escape after a tree topples over and crashes onto couples narrow boat moored on the Llangollen Canal...

march_bulletin_thumb2Norfolk Broads - Anglers angry as Norfolk Broads dredging plans approved - Anglers claim that the Broads Authority have failed to properly listen to their concerns that dredging Heigham Sound on the Upper Thurne could trigger a bloom of fish-killing algae. More...

march_bulletin_thumb3River Parrett - Eel passes help endangered fish - Research carried out by the Environment Agency (EA) in the River Parrett found sluices and gates in waterways were stopping the fish migrating to breed. A device costing only £200 may be the answer ...

march_bulletin_thumb4Sussex Ouse - An 18th Century swing bridge in East Sussex is to be restored by the Environment Agency. The Grade II-listed Southease Bridge, which crosses the River Ouse ...


Shropshire Union Canal - Audlem moorings saved after British Waterways u-turn - Boat owners at Audlem are celebrating after British Waterways scrapped a policy which would have seen the village's permanent moorings closed for good...

Monmouthshire Canal Thousands set for Gwent canal festival Volunteers are in the process of finishing a new slipway at Bettws Lane in Newport and making sure sections of the canal above Malpas Lock are clear ahead of IWA’s National Trailboat Festival due to take place in May...

River Tees - Work starts on £235k Tees Barrage canoe store - A Tees White Water Course upgrade has been funded by regional development agency One North East, Stockton Borough Council, Sport England and British Waterways...

River Thames - Lockkeepers battle not done, says angry campaigner- The wife of a Thames lockkeeper promises to continue campaign to save lockkeepers' cottages which were under threat from cost-cutting plans by the Environment Agency...

Walsall Canal - Minister set to launch work on Walsall's new canal quarter – A new scheme is hoped to breathe new life into an area alongside the canal which has been derelict for several years. It will also add to the other improvements already planned for the area...

Yorkshire Ouse Freight Boost - Drax Power Station has taken to the water by trialling an alternative means of transporting its waste product to Ireland. A shipment of nearly 1,200 tonnes of pulverised fuel ash set sail from the station's jetty on the River Ouse...


Other News


march_bulletin_thumb5Invasive Species Warning - British gardeners are being urged to help stop the spread of invasive water plants that are found in garden ponds but can block waterways and river banks, and harm wildlife and their habitats if they get out into the wild ...


Otters Make a Return to Leicestershire's ‘Cleaner Waterways’ - A spokesperson for Leicester City Council, said their return was excellent news for Leicester's waterways. More...

Peel sells 50 per cent stake in Scout Moor windfarm - A scheme developed by Peel Energy, the energy arm of Trafford Centre landlord and Manchester Ship Canal owner Peel Group has been sold ...

£2.5M Annual bill to Repair British Waterways Humpback Bridges- British Waterways is paying £2.5M a year to repair damage to historic humpback bridges caused by cars.

Work started on £2million marina - It is expected that the marina will attract boaters travelling along the river Nene and Grand Union Canal towards the Fens in East Anglia. More...

Waterways Renaissance Awards - Finalists announced for 2010 Waterways Renaissance Awards-, run by The Waterways Trust and British Urban Regeneration Association, whose aim is to recognise best practice in sustainable waterway regeneration and development throughout the UK, have been announced ...


march_bulletin_thumb6Lord Chris Smith praises wetlands as vital for wildlife - The wetlands of England are vital for helping "wildlife adapt to an increasingly uncertain future", said the Environment Agency's chairman ...


New Environment Agency Powers - The Environment Agency has been granted new  powers by the Government that will give it greater flexibility to enforce the law against flytippers and dumping  ...

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Bulletin Editor: Jo Gilbertson

 
 
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