Bulletin June 2010

Richard Benyon MP is new Waterways Minister

richard_benyonRichard Benyon MP Newbury (on the K& A) was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Defra on 14 May 2010.

Mr Benyon served as a Shadow Minister for the Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife. Prior to this appointment he was a Party Whip. He has also served on the Home Affairs Select Committee.
He is a riparian landowner and farmer on the Kennet, and a former soldier and founder of the charity help for heroes.
He is a vice president of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, and a keen angling supporter.

About IWA

IWA chairman new chair of British Waterways Advisory Forum
The British Waterways Advisory Forum (BWAF) has elected Clive Henderson, IWA national chairman,  as its new chairman with effect from 3 November 2010.

Clive says of his appointment: “I am looking forward to chairing the advisory forum at this crucial time for British Waterways as it seeks greater independence from Government and new levels of engagement with traditional waterway stakeholders, as well as with others dependent upon their future wellbeing. I hope that my time as chairman will allow the many waterway supporter and user groups represented on BWAF to influence the agenda and ensure that our combined voice is one that is both respected and listened to. more...

British Waterways to pilot ‘third sector’ local governance ideas with Kennet & Avon Canal Trust
British Waterways  together with the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust are to pilot a consultative  approach to managing the 200-year old Kennet & Avon Canal. Following discussions, which also included representatives from the Inland Waterways Association , the KACT and BW will work together in setting up a Waterways Partnership Board for the canal.
Members will be drawn from the highest level from the five local authorities and other key stakeholders who came together and led on the canal’s restoration. more...

IWA Parliamentary reception gains momentum
IWA’s post election reception at the House of Commons on the 15th June for key waterway constituency MPs, is developing much interest especially from new MPs. The reception is being held to ensure that they are quickly inducted into the benefits of the waterways in their constituencies, and also to understand IWA’s own conservancy ideas and to encourage the formation of a strong Parliamentary Waterway Group to ensure that the benefits that the waterways provide are properly considered during the difficult financial times ahead. So far the response from invited MPs has been very encouraging, with no less than three former waterway ministers indicating that they will be attending. more...

WRG Volunteering Programme: June
There are 2 weeks until the start of camps on the Montgomery Canal and Cotswolds  - limited places are still available  www.wrg.org.uk

There will be a WRG training day 3rd July – Gough’s Orchard Lock, Cotswolds, near Stroud.  Items covered will include; Heritage restoration skills – bricklaying, lime mortar. Van driving etc... to  book a place please go to training@wrg.org.uk

Jun 12 Sat
wrgNW 'Paper Chase' waste paper collection David McCarthy MBE 0161-740-2179 Jun 12/13
WRG WRG Training Weekend: Date confirmed. Jenny Black 01494-783453 training@wrg.org.uk

Jun 18-20
wrgNW Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival: Sales Stand David McCarthy MBE 0161-740-2179 nw@wrg.org.uk

Jun 19/20
KESCRG T.B.A. (maybe Basingstoke?): Note new provisional date. Eddie Jones 0845-226-8589 eddie@kescrg.org.uk

Jun 19/20
London WRG Thames & Severn Canal: Goughs Orchard Lock. NOTE date changed from Jun 12/13. Joint dig with wrg SW Tim Lewis 07802-518094 london@wrg.org.uk

Jun 19/20
wrgBITM Thames & Severn Canal: Eisey Lock. Dig Deep project Dave Wedd 01252-874437 bookings@wrgBITM.org.uk

Jun 20 Sun
EAWA/NWDCT North Walsham & Dilham Canal: Ebridge David Revill 01603-738648 davgis@live.co.uk

Jun 26/27
NWPG Thames & Severn Canal: Eisey Lock. Dig Deep project Bill Nicholson 01844-343369 bill@nwpg.org.uk

Jun 26-Jul 3
Camp 201003 Cotswolds (Goughs Orchard Lock): Rebuilding lock walls, coping stones, replace bywash. Cost £56 01494-783453 enquiries@wrg.org.uk

Jun 26-Jul 3
Camp 201004 Montgomery Canal: Reconstructing stone wall, site clearance, concrete foundations, transplanting vegetation. Cost £56 01494-783453 enquiries@wrg.org.uk

Other News

DEMOS Report -Resilient places - character and community in everyday heritage
Disused railways, old route-ways and quiet canals remain leftovers from the industry and commerce of yesteryear. Too often, these are dismissed as outdated or as the parochial interests of a few. In contrast, this pamphlet argues that the heritage infrastructure of the public realm can play an important part in addressing the challenges of today.

The networks of the past comprise a visible and everyday heritage that people can adapt and to which they can respond. Railways, canals, sewers and industrial route-ways can be reappraised, repurposed and reused to meet emerging and future needs. more...

Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals -Staffordshire Moorlands Heritage Lottery Funding announcement
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced 10 earmarked first-round passes totalling £17m made through its Landscape Partnership programme.

One of the ten landscapes receiving support is  Staffordshire Moorlands LP with a  first-round pass of £1,999,000 including £100,000 development funding.
Local people will learn new heritage skills such as dry stone walling and hedgelaying with the potential for both paid and voluntary job opportunities. 
The Staffordshire Moorlands Landscape Partnership project area runs to the Peak District National Park to the east and encompasses Biddulph Moor and Consall to the west; north-south it stretches from Rushton Spencer to Alton. It includes the market town of Leek and distinctive landscapes such as the Weaver Hills, Ipstones Edge and Churnet Valley.
The Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust was introduced to the partnership via our involvement in the Churnet Valley Forum, and submitted a number of the specific projects that include key themes of the scheme – conserving built and natural heritage, improving access and developing skills plus training opportunities in local communities for volunteers and other workers. British Waterways also submitted proposal.
Following are some of the initiatives that relate to the local  waterways which will be researched and costed during the development phase, to establish the feasibility of various projects and work. In turn these will become part of a Staffordshire Moorlands Landscape Partnership scheme that it is hoped that  HLF will make a full award to.
•    Conservation / restoration of Bridge 70, Uttoxeter Canal
•    Froghall Connection: walking route between Froghall Wharf and station
•    Churnet Valley Interpretation Plan
•    New heritage trails
•    Studies and assessments of landscape, woodland management and built heritage
•    Canal vegetation study, towpath access and condition audit
•    Rights of way audit.


Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway
An eleven member consortium has formally agreed to provide the stewardship for the delivery of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway project.
The intention is to build the first major new canal for 200 years and create the 26km missing link between the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes to the River Great Ouse at Kempston in Bedford, thus finally joining the main UK waterways network to the Fenland waterways.
The entire 26km route is now protected in local and regional plans; planning permission has been secured on the whole of the route in Milton Keynes plus a 2.5km stretch in Bedford. more...

Cycling concerns on Regents Canal

BRITISH Waterways have been criticised for  a “lack of accountability” over a canal towpath access on the Regents Canal in London which could, it is feared, force mothers with buggies and disabled people into the path of speeding cyclists. more...

British Waterways creates head of community engagement post
British Waterways has established a senior management position specifically looking at community engagement across the 2,200-mile network of canals and navigable rivers it cares for. Caroline Killeavy has been appointed head of community engagement with a remit to grow the number of people volunteering across the waterways and so lay the foundation for any future transition of BW into the third sector. more...

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Former MP Bill O'Brien has received a knighthood under the dissolution honours.  He was chairman of the Parliamentary Waterways Group until the 2005 election (he took over from Sir Anthony Durrant), and has remained involved as a supporter of the Barnsley Canal Restoration as a member of the local authority partnership.  He was MP for Normanton from 1983 - 2005, and was helpful to IWA on a number of occasions.
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