IWA Head Office Bulletin Mid March 2010 Issue 161


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About People

We are saddened to report the death of June Stevenson, of IWA’s Milton Keynes Branch, who died on Sunday 21 February. June served the Milton Keynes branch as secretary and membership officer amongst other roles for over 25 years, and was awarded a Richard Bird medal in recognition of her work in 2006.

We also have to report the death of Mike Malzard, who was active in IWA’s  Manchester Branch for many years and was for many years the editor of the  “Manchester Packet”.

Alan Davies has taken over from Madeline Dean as IWA North Lancs & Cumbria Branch chairman.

About IWA

The Inland Waterways Association has issued its response to the Defra consultation on Waterways for Everyone.

In making its response, IWA invites government to toughen up its commitment to the inland waterways both in terms of contribution of funding to maintain the publicly stated benefits in ‘Waterways for  Everyone’, and in government’s priority actions, in particular, IWA believes that government should do more to:  

  • decide what needs to be done to bring the waterways into good condition and to provide a lead in achieving the financial packaging required to achieve that, including grant to the publicly owned waterways. This should include facilitating volunteering on the publicly funded waterways so that it can make a greater impact and help deliver a high quality waterways network – to be achieved within 5 years.
  • change planning guidance and the planning system, as appropriate, so that planning authorities protect the lines of all disused waterways that have realistic prospects of being brought back into use. 
  • reappraise the approach given to incentivising the transfer of freight carriage onto inland waterways so that the current grant system is replaced by a fresh package of financial incentives that are sufficiently attractive to ensure that there is a marked increase in the transportation of goods and materials by waterway. 
  • encourage the waterway authorities to voluntarily agree to a marketing proposition that presents the waterways with a common identity to become imprinted on the nation’s consciousness; and 
  • finally, with the above building blocks in place, help facilitate the launch of an Inland Waterways Conservancy (IWC), as a third sector organisation embracing as a minimum the waterways currently operated by the publicly owned waterway authorities and flexible enough to incorporate other waterways when appropriate, with a long term service contract and associated Service Level Agreement from central government to reflect the public benefits delivered by the waterways – to be achieved within 10 years.

Speaking on behalf of IWA, Clive Henderson national chairman said:

‘We consider that the document produced for consultation is good in terms of detailing the public agenda and in setting the background and context. However, we believe that it is currently seriously compromised in not providing enough focus on what actions are needed to be done to achieve the outcomes, nor is there enough rigour on deliverability. The actions for government are identified but not with a clear course of action, and there is no such listing for other bodies and organisations.’

 He continued :

‘We also believe that with over 5,000kms of navigable waterways in the ownership or control of over 30 waterway authorities, strategic consideration should now be given to how these could be more efficiently managed so that there are greater synergies to achieve cost efficiencies and a consistent high quality customer focus.’

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IWA is currently following up its consultation response and proposals for an inland waterways conservancy with key waterway stakeholders.

National Conference for Waterway Societies

IWA’s next National Waterways Conference will be held on17 April 2010. 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.

The conference is aimed at 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...


NEW Boat and Rescue Insurance, that supports IWA

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 ...


Write in Support of the Waterways NOW!

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 representations preserves BW short term licences

The recent IWA  response to the recent licence consultation appears to have been successful following an announcement by BW that it is to retain the explorer licence.


Volunteers Required

The IWA board of trustees are seeking qualified Solicitors who may be willing to offer voluntary practical assistance on a variety of IWA matters; including legislative changes, membership and navigational issues. For more information, please apply in the first instance to


About Waterways

River Axe- Poacher given night curfew

A Dorset man who illegally poached sea trout from the River Axe in east Devon has been fined and given a three month night-time curfew.


Birmingham Canal Navigations -BW seeks to reassure boaters about water levels

British Waterways has moved to reassure boaters, event organisers and waterside businesses by preparing measures to manage water levels on the Birmingham Canal Navigations over the course of the Chasewater Reservoir works.

Lichfield District Council, which owns and maintains the reservoir, is due to start essential dam repair works in May which will result in reduced water resources available for the area’s canal network.

The reservoir is one of the main water supplies for 198-miles of canal which attracts thousands of boaters each year and supports a number of waterside businesses including boat repair yards, hire boat operators, trip boats, marinas, moorings and cruising clubs.


Kennet & Avon Bicentenary celebrations scaled back

The proposed celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the Kennet and Avon Canal have been scaled back due to “tough economic challenges.”

But the Kennet and Avon 200 Steering Group, which includes British Waterways, says they still want to ensure the projects they promote to mark 200 years of the canal have a legacy beyond 2010 and introduce the canal to a much wider audience


Kennet & Avon Canal marina scheme gets go-ahead

A multi-million pound scheme to create a marina for canal boats near Rowde has been granted permission by Wiltshire Council. The council’s eastern area planning committee unanimously approved the plan by MHJ Ltd, a holding company for Land and Water Estates, of Guildford. The marina, at Lower Foxhangers Farm, will have 248 berths and will be situated next to the existing small marina, campsite and self catering homes run by Colin and Cynthia Fletcher that will continue to operate. Land and Water Estates claim that: “The new marina will benefit the Kennet and Avon Canal from Caen Hill to Bath including the villages on the way including Rowde.”


Leeds & Liverpool Canal - Bingley Five Rise Locks heritage bid scaled back as available funding reduced.

Plans to turn part of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal into a major heritage attraction might have to be scaled down due to a reduction in available funding – partly due to the cost of the 2012 Olympics.


Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal - Engineers move quickly to repair leak

British Waterways’ engineers have moved quickly to contain and repair a leak in the bed of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. The leak occurred between bridges 116 and 118 at Llangattock

Sankey Canal clean-up gathers pace

The renovation project for Sankey Canal linking Fiddlers Ferry Marina with Widnes has received a further £70,000 from two sources towards assessment works. Waste Recycling Environmental has put in £50,000 and the Environment Agency £20,000. The funding matches an earlier £70,000 from the North West Development Agency's Revive land regeneration initiative, led by Cheshire West & Chester Council. The derelict length of canal will be surveyed to assess its structural condition. There will also be studies of the park and water wildlife habitats.


Shrewsbury and Newport Canal

An iconic structure could feature in the restoration of Newport Canal as part of a £23 million plan designed to attract more than 250,000 visitors each year. A study commissioned by Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust proposes to link the waterway up with the Shropshire Union Canal using a structure similar to the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. The plans would see a boat lift built linking the stretches of canal between Norbury Junction and Forton Bridge - which has a height difference of more than 30 metres.


Stover Canal lease secured

The Stover Canal Trust and Canal Society has announced that after ten years of negotiations between Network Rail, Teignbridge District Council and The Stover Canal Trust a lease for the Stover Canal has been agreed, signed by all parties on 25th February 2010 and completed.


River Waveney- Morrison’s praised but Tesco attacked over trolleys

Morrison’s supermarket and the Environment Agency have been praised for their work on the River Waveney in Diss. Debris has been cleared, overgrowth pruned and the water is now flowing again, thanks to a clean-up operation last month.


Other Waterway Issues

Boat Safety Scheme - Petrol safety

The Boat Safety Scheme has issued two safety notices covering the use of petrol onboard, for boats with petrol powered propulsion engines, and petrol powered ancillary equipment such as generators, pumps and power-tools.



Environment Agency Transport and Works Act 1992

Environment Agency (Inland Waterways) Order 2010

The Order makes provision for a new uniform registration system to govern use of the main inland waterways in respect of which the Environment Agency is the navigation authority.

The particular waterways to which the Order relates comprise certain waterways known as the Anglian waterways, the river Thames above Teddington Lock and the Upper Medway in Kent.

The Order also confers additional powers upon the Environment Agency in respect of the waterways and amends or repeals provisions of existing legislation where required in consequence of the new powers conferred by the Order.

It also amends the existing definitions of the Anglian waterways to bring within the Agency’s jurisdiction an additional stretch of the Little Ouse between Brandon Staunch and Brandon Bridge and the Great Ouse Relief Channel between the Head sluice lock at Denver and the Tail sluice at Saddlebrow.


Waterways Museum in Gloucester to lose national status

The National Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks is to lose its national status. The museum, one of the docks' main tourist attractions, is to become the Gloucester Waterways Museum in the summer.Based at Llanthony Warehouse, it had recently been threatened with closure because of financial problems.After restructuring by the Waterways Trust, exhibits will have a greater focus on local waterways heritage.


£1.7 million sought to get London cyclists off towpaths

British Waterways has recommended that £1.7 million be spent on improving streets and pathways running close to the Regent’s Canal and Grand Junction Canal in London to help ease conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on the towpath as well as giving bike riders increased options that will negate the need to break the law by cycling the wrong way down one-way streets.


Environment Agency publish rod fishing licence costs for 2010

The Environment Agency has announced that another £25 million from anglers’ licences will be ploughed back into improving fisheries this year. Last year sales of rod licences broke records and similar sales are expected in 2010. All money raised by rod licence sales goes straight back into the sport.


New 70 tonne steel gates floated into Sharpness Docks 

A set of 70 tonne gates have been floated into Sharpness Docks, Berkeley, to replace those that have held back the sea for the past 52 years. The massive steel gates arrived by barge from Deest, in Holland, where they were made.


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National Conference for Waterway Societies

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