IWA Head Office Bulletin April 2010 Issue 162

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soslogoSOS Campaign:- In the run up to General Election - IWA requests all waterway supporters to contact their local MP and Parliamentary candidates in the run up to the election requesting their support for the waterways and for funding . more...

Inland Waterways Conservancy – IWA has issued its proposals for an Inland Waterways Conservancy. IWA is now widely consulting other stakeholders on its proposal which is available as a consultation document.
IWA asked Chesham MP Mrs Cheryl Gillan - to ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department was taking to ensure that residents of boats without a postcoded address are able to register to vote without having to declare themselves homeless.
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IWA Bulletin getting the best from it – The bulletin now comes from the website as an html e-mail. The new style Bulletin will be best viewed by allowing pictures to be downloaded.

As part of IWA's commitment to timely and transparent communications, the internal bulletin has been discontinued, announcements will be made in this bulletin and where appropriate by direct email to the branches and regions contacts.

IWA National Waterways Conference.  IWA regrets that owing to insufficient numbers, the conference has been cancelled. IWA will be contacting those who have already booked to make refunds.
 
festival220px_80pxNEW 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 ...
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:-nationalchairman@waterways.org.uk
leeenfield303220x80ishMilton Keynes Branch - one of many IWA branches participating in the recent round of national waterway clean ups, carried out their spring clean up of the Grand Union Canal over the 10 miles through Milton Keynes from Fenny Stratford to Wolverton over the weekend 26th to 28th March 2010.

The haul from grappling from the bank and behind the towed hopper collected over 10 tons of assorted rubbish -including; 21 bicycles, 4 motorbikes 3 mattresses, a .303 rifle(!) and air gun, a billiard table, 5 TVs, 15 tyres/wheels and he usual 20 shopping trolleys. The branch also retrieved a considerable amount of wood, mostly fallen branches, and numerous lengths of wire and fishing line. For light relief there was also a plastic pig.

Litter picking along the towpath, hedges and offside yielded approx 30 sacks of cans, bottles and sundry plastic. IWA members and other volunteers numbered upto 43 on the Saturday and not many less on the other two days.

The Branch received a Volunteers Award from British Waterways South East in October 2009 in recognition of these twice yearly clean-ups carried out over many years. This latest clean-up shows  that this work is still badly needed.

Other News

National Waterways Museum 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. more...
stokebruernecanalmuseum220x80The National Waterways Museum in Stoke Bruerne-  will be renamed  more...
picture_leeds_liverpool_220x80Leeds City  Council chose Leeds-Liverpool Canal - as the basis for Royal Horticultural Show Chelsea Garden design,- with the centrepiece being a lock gate which will allow water to run through it and into the canal. This is then flanked by three distinct sections – woodland, wetland and a floral meadow – more...
kingfisher220x80Fears harsh winter harmed UK wildlife - The harsh winter may have had a devastating impact on Britain's wildlife, it has been warned. Kingfishers may be amongst those species that may have been seriously affected by the cold weather. more..
canoingonbridgewatercanal220x80Bridgewater Canal - 'an obstacle' to broadband. A canal that opened the great age of British waterways is now just an ''obstacle'' blocking the path of modern electronic communications, a High Court judge said. more...
The Wey and Arun Canal Trust - is set to launch an appeal for £300,000  to reconstruct Southland Lock, just west of Loxwood, will further extend the navigable section of the waterway. more...
chaingangThe Stratford upon Avon waterway cleaning project:- Is aiming to keep the waters of the river and canal in Stratford clear of rubbish. The project is to be undertaken from a work-boat crewed by offenders doing unpaid work under the supervision of a probation officer as part of a court sentance.

The project is to be officially launched by the Chairman of Stratford District Council at 10am Tuesday 13 April at the Bancroft gardens in Stratford. The event will be attended by the mayor, representatives of British Waterways, The Avon Navigation Trust, The Inland Waterways Association, The Stratford upon Avon Canal Society and the Warwickshire judiciary.
Waterways Rennaisance Award for Broads. more...
Daventry residents say no to marina plan- Daventry District Council has vowed to carry on with its WaterSpace project despite an overwhelming majority opposing the scheme in a town referendum. more...

About People 

Ian Fletcher has retired as Warwickshire Branch Chairman and is succeeded by Ian Jackson.

We are saddened to report that Mike Malzard who was active in Manchester Branch for many years has died. For many years he was “Manchester Packet” editor. He was latterly very active with IWPS at Bugsworth Basin as one of their regular “groundsmen”

keithayling220x80It is with regret that we also note the death of Keith Ayling, on Tuesday 30th March 2010. A former IWA regional officer and Chairman of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, a position which Keith held for eighteen years. Keith oversaw the transition from Canal Society to Canal Trust Ltd. Within the last ten years, five miles of the canal have been restored in Derbyshire and five miles, including thirty one heritage listed locks, have been restored in Nottinghamshire and Rotherham.

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An Inland Waterways Conservancy in the Bag?

 

Budget_homepage_image220x74IWA Welcomes Government's intention to Mutualise British Waterways; IWA hopes that this will include options to include other navigation authorities as part of a wider Conservancy, as IWA has already proposed. IWA remains however, cautious on the proposals and also on the position of all parties regarding funding for the waterways. more...