IWA Bulletin July 2012

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Canal and River Trust gets Parliamentary Go Ahead

Canal & River Trust (www.canalrivertrust.org.uk) and Scottish Canals (www.scottishcanals.co.uk) formally took over the work of British Waterways on Monday 2nd July.

The Transfer of British Waterways to Canal & River Trust was debated in committee in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons on the 25th and 26th June respectively and given the go ahead by both houses.

The Second Delegated Legislation Committee (Lords) and the First Delegated Legislation Committee (Commons) both considered the draft British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012 and the draft Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012.

IWA had undertaken to make detailed briefings to key members of both committees and had written openly supporting the move to all of the Commons Committee, as well a providing a detailed briefing to Sir Tony Baldry, MP for Banbury, who is the current co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group and who spoke at length in favour of the transfer during the Commons Committee debate.

One of the key concerns of members of both houses during the debates was the briefing against the formation of CRT by the National Association of Bargee Travellers who were concerned that the formation would allow Canal & River Trust to undertake forced removals of improperly moored boats used as residential accommodation. It was made clear by the Minister that this was not the case, and that improperly moored boats were subject to the rules and the 14-day rule would be applied, but that county court judgements would be obtained, as before, for any boat used as a residence.

As IWA members will know, The Inland Waterways Association, as the largest national charity for the waterways, was formed over 65 years ago to save the inland waterways from extinction. IWA believes in an independent charity as the way forward for the management of the waterways and has promulgated this idea for over 60 years, our co-founder Robert Aickman then called it a Conservancy. IWA therefore fully supports the formation of CRT as a further step in the safeguarding of a national asset and believes that the trust should be further enhanced and invigorated by the incorporation of Environment Agency navigations and culture.

Canal & River Trust has been described as the most exciting project in the public or voluntary sectors. It is certainly the most important development for the waterways of this country in over a generation.

There is to be a formal launch of the new Trust on 12th July.


IWA News

IWA's National AGM Weekend 2012

This year's IWA National AGM will be held on 29th September at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford.

A meeting for those who are interested in the running of the Association will start at 10.00 a.m. This is your chance to grill the trustees, discuss the future of the Association and meet old friends.

The formal AGM will be held at 2.00 p.m.

There will be a cooked two-course lunch available at £6.50 with a choice of menu, which needs to be booked in advance.

You are also invited to join us for an evening meal at Chelmsford’s Everest Gurkha Bar & Restaurant on the Saturday night and there's a free boat trip aboard passenger barge Victoria on the Sunday. 


Localism Act and National Planning Policy Framework

As you may be aware, the Government has radically altered the national planning guidelines for development.

The passing of the Localism Act in November 2011 and the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012 herald important changes to the planning system in England.

An update has been prepared for IWA by Edward Gittins which suggests a course of action for IWA branches and other organisations to follow.

  • We are encouraging IWA branches and other groups to write to their local authorities referring to the need for appropriate policies in their Development Plans to reflect restoration, management and use of inland waterways.
  • We would urge branches and groups to identify the Neighbourhood Plans that affect waterways in the local area and notify Town or Parish Councils, or Neighbourhood Forums of the relevant waterway issues.
  • We would ask IWA branches and others to inform all waterway groups in their area of the need to ensure they are on their local authorities’ consultation lists for when new plans are in preparation; 
  • Finally, we urge IWA branches and other waterways interests to engage directly in the preparation of Local or Neighbourhood Plans by submitting relevant and timely representations and appearing at Local Plan Examinations in order to promote and protect waterways.

Read full planning information.

Can You Help IWA Sell Christmas Cards?

IWA will be teaming up with CRT to sell some joint Christmas cards in aid of IWA and CRT at two charity Christmas card shops. The cards will be sold in the 9 week run up to Christmas this year as part of a joint fundraising trial.
We are looking for volunteers to cover our obligation to help out at these shops for just one day a week in Skipton and Beaconsfield. If anyone could give a day or even a few hours during the period in late October, November and December, we’d love to hear from you.
If you would like to know a bit more or would like to offer help please contact  jo.gilbertson@waterways.org.uk


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2014 Calendar Competition

Following on from the success of IWA's 2013 Calendar Competition, we are running another competition for the 2014 IWA Calendar so it's time to dust off your cameras and start taking some photos!

We are offering three free calendars to the photographers whose photos are used in the final calendar. Photos for the Calendar need to be digital with a resolution of at least 300 DPI and at least 2100 pixels x 1500 pixels (can be landscape or portrait). You can usually adjust the settings on your digital camera to take high resolution photos.

Photos for the competition need to be submitted by 31st January 2013. The photos will then be shortlisted and then put to a public vote.

See more information on the calendar competition and uploading photos



IWA Volunteering Opportunities

IWA Events Volunteering

Find out about volunteering opportunities at IWA's 2012 events www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/volunteer/event_volunteers


IWA Committee Help Wanted

Have a look at the list of volunteer opportunities within local IWA committees. There is a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches at: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies


Other News

EA Consultation ‘The Future Management of Water’

The Environment Agency has just published its first consultation on how it will update the river basin management plans in 2015. The “Working Together” consultation can be found at consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/wfd/working/together2012.

The consultation seeks public input to help develop the Environment Agency's plans to protect and improve the water environment for the benefit of communities, businesses and wildlife.

The closing date for responses is 22nd December 2012.


Canal & River Trust Publishes Strategic Priorities Document

Canal & River Trust has published a document outlining its priorities for its first few years which includes the following:

  1. Ensuring its canals and rivers are open, accessible and safe 
  2. Inspiring more people to enjoy the canals and rivers and support its work
  3. Earning financial security for canals and rivers
  4. Doing everything it can to deliver on its charitable objectives
  5. Minimising the impact it makes on scarce resources
  6. Establishing the Trust as a respected and trusted guardian of canals and rivers

Read the document online at canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/1177.pdf


Thames Cable Car Opens for Passengers

A new £60m cable car project, which spans the Thames, has been opened to the public.

The project, known as the Emirates Air Line, links the O2 Arena in Greenwich with the ExCel exhibition centre at the Royal Docks in East London.

It has been reported that the service can carry 2,500 people an hour.

View photos of the new Thames cable car.


Flooding on Rochdale Canal
The Rochdale Canal in West Yorkshire flooded on Friday 22nd June. The high water levels meant that the canal was unnavigable between locks 1 - 36 and the towpath was also closed.

A 58ft narrowboat became wedged across the canal in Hebden Bridge near lock 12 after the floodwater subsided. The boat was successfully removed by BW using a 300-tonne crane on 27th June.

The canal reopened on Friday 29th June although there is a restriction in place and work that needs to be done to get the canal back to normal.
The canal is now fully open to navigation except between Locks 12 and 13 where the lock landings are heavily silted and unusable.  BW will man these locks for any boats arriving between 12noon and 2pm each day – 7 days per week. Outside these hours the locks are locked shut.
BW has asked customers to proceed with caution in the length from Lock 11 to Lock 19 and advise them of any underwater hazards and problems that they have. The canal towpath remains in poor condition at many locations throughout this length and is closed at various places.


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to be Floodlit

Following the publicity launch of Canal & River Trust on Thursday 12 July 2012 the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, on the Llangollen Canal at Trevor, will be floodlit in celebration.

IWA understands that Wrexham County Borough Council intends to maintain the lighting for four evenings.

Completed in 1805, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and is a World Heritage Site.


Work Completed on Wey & Arun Canal's Loxwood Bridge

Scaffolding shielding the construction work on the Loxwood Bridge over the Wey & Arun Canal has now been removed to reveal the new, but more traditional-looking brick and rail parapets that have replaced the previously installed steel barriers.

Following considerable negotiation with local residents, represented by Loxwood Parish Council and The Loxwood Society, as well as local authority Chichester District Council and highways authority West Sussex County Council, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust worked to replace the motorway-style barrier with a more sympathetic solution, in keeping with the location and planning guidance.

Further information about The Wey & Arun Canal Trust can be found on its website www.weyandarun.co.uk

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:

  • Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing for boats
  • Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount
  • Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members
  • Guildford Boat House- 20% discount
  • Grand Union Diesel Services - 5% discount
  • Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100
  • Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
  • Narrowboat Services - 10% discount
  • River Canal Rescue - up to 20% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UK Boat Hire - 15% discount on 2012 holidays
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount

Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers' discretion.

To see details of how to take advantage of these offers, please go to www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/members_area/member_discounts_special_offers_public

For IWA members who receive a printed copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.


2012 Waterway Events

himalayan_balsam_cleanup150pxHimalayan Balsam Work Parties

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native species that crowds out other plants. Several IWA branches are holding work parties to start to tackle the problem this summer.

IWA Chelmsford Branch will be holding a work party on Saturday 21st July to tackle some of the Himalayan Balsam on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.  Meet at 9am at Paper Mill Lock, Little Baddow, CM3 4BS.  You will need to take a packed lunch and waterproofs in case of rain.  All tools and equipment will be provided.  

Meanwhile further north, following on from their first Himalayan Balsam bashing session on Sunday 1st July, IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch is holding two more work parties on the Caldon Canal:  

Thursday 5th July at Cheddleton, 10am to 1pm (meet opposite The Boat PH, Basford Bridge, Cheddleton)

Friday 13th July at Froghall, 10am to 1pm (meet on the towpath at the Boltons end of Froghall Tunnel)

It is hoped that there will also be Himalayan Balsam bashing work parties on the Grand Union Canal at Marsworth and on the Beeston Canal in Nottingham.  These are likely to take place in late July/early August so watch out for dates in the next Bulletin.  

For further information or to let us know that you are going on any of these events please contact alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phone 01538 385388/07779 090915.  


chelmsfordraftrace150pxChelmsford Raft Race 2012

Chelmsford’s 2012 Raft Race takes place on Sunday 15th July.

An afternoon of fun and frolics will be held at Backnang Square with the event organised annually by Chelmsford Lions Club in conjunction with IWA.

Now is the time to get building your raft. Clubs and businesses are especially invited but any team of four can enter. There are two classes – twin hulled or barrel based – with £100 prize money for the winner of each class and £50 second prize.

There is also a £50 prize for the best raft, so get your team together and make this year a bumper year for entries.

Lion David Chandler said “We would like to see many new entries this year in addition to the regulars. People are welcome to come and watch as it is a lot of fun”.

The race begins around 3pm. For an entry form and raft rules contact David Chandler 01245 354755 or Roy Chandler 01245 223732


shoreditchfest150pxShoreditch Festival 2012
From 14th to 22nd July 2012, Shoreditch Trust presents its eleventh Shoreditch Festival - a free programme of performance, entertainment and exploration along the Regent’s Canal and across Shoreditch. Shoreditch Festival aims to bring communities together through engagement in high-quality performances and cultural experiences.

Shoreditch Festival, one of Hackney’s largest free festivals, showcases the best of East London with live music, dance, theatre, arts exhibitions, food markets and plenty more with crafts, floats and boats.

Highlights include a celebration of one of Shoreditch’s most imaginative and historic locations with the Hoxton Street Party on 14th July, followed by a weekend of live music and performance beside the Regent’s Canal on 21st and 22nd July. On Saturday 21st July, Shoreditch Festival welcomes the Olympic Flame to Hackney on its first day in the Host Boroughs.
Visit www.shoreditchfestival.org.uk for details and performance times.

Some dates for your diary in 2012:

York Festival of the Rivers - Yorkshire 7th - 22nd July
York 800 Flotilla - Yorkshire 7th July
Evesham River Festival - Worcestershire 6th - 8th July
Wheel 10 - Falkirk Wheel Boat Rally - Falkirk 6th - 8th July
Ware Boat Festival - Hertfordshire 6th - 8th July
Regent's Canal Festival - London 13th - 15th July
Pershore Town River Festival - Worcestershire 14th - 15th July
Shoreditch Festival - London 14th - 22nd July
Newbury Waterways Festival - West Berkshire 20th - 22nd July
Bristol Harbour Festival - Bristol 20th - 22nd July
Cosgrove Canal Festival - Northamptonshire 21st - 22nd July
Audlem Festival of Transport and Gathering of Historic Boats - Cheshire 29th July
Blisworth Canal Festival - Northamptonshire 11th - 12th August
Ponty Paddle - South Wales 18th August
IWA Campaign Festival 2012, Preston - Lancashire 25th - 27th August
Red Hill Marina and Tuggyland Boat Show - Nottinghamshire 25th - 27th August
Shackerstone Family Festival - Leicestershire 1st - 2nd September
Maesbury Canal Festival - Shropshire 1st - 2nd September
Lock 200 - Gloucestershire 6th - 9th September
Ellesmere Boat Rally - Shropshire 7th - 9th September
Slough Canal Festival - Berkshire 8th - 9th September
Whitchurch Gathering of Boats - Shropshire 15th - 16th September
RNLI Rally - Surrey 22nd - 23rd September
Village at War Weekend - Northamptonshire 28th - 30th September
Banbury Canal Day - Oxfordshire 7th October
Stourbridge Navigation Trust - Open Weekend - West Midlands 20th - 21st October
BCN Society Bonfire Rally - West Midlands 4th - 5th November

Have you got a waterway event or activity to promote? - Anyone can add details of a waterways event or activity to this area on the website. You don’t even need to register with the website or provide any sort of password. Simply use the upload event form.

See IWA's Events Calendar for 2012 waterway events. You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.


Upcoming Volunteer/Clean-up Events

5th July - Himalayan Balsam Bashing Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch)
Details: Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native species that crowds out other plants. Himalayan Balsam bashing is a fairly easy task – it pulls up easily and is completely non-toxic.  All equipment will be provided – you just need to bring yourselves and some waterproofs in case of rain!  This is a great activity for all the family (children must be accompanied and supervised).  Tea and coffee will be provided.
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk

6th July - Lea Navigation Canoe Clean Up (BWCU)
Details: Limited numbers. Pre-registration essential.
Contact: Ben Fenton ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk 07920230970

10th July - Limehouse Cut Towpath Litter Pick (BWCU)
Details: Towpath litter pick of the Limehouse Cut followed by tea and biscuits in the Bow Lock Garden. Meet at Limehouse DLR.
Contact: Ben Fenton ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk 07920230970

13th July - Himalayan Balsam Bashing Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch)
Details: Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native species that crowds out other plants.  Himalayan Balsam bashing is a fairly easy task – it pulls up easily and is completely non-toxic.  All equipment will be provided – you just need to bring yourselves and some waterproofs in case of rain!  This is a great activity for all the family (children must be accompanied and supervised).  Tea and coffee will be provided.
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk

14th July - 200th Anniversary of Regents canal. Clean up (BWCU)
Contact: Vicky D’Souza vicky.dsouza@thames21.org.uk 07827852599

17th July - 200th Anniversary of Regents Canal Clean Up (BWCU)
Contact: Ben Fenton ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk 07920230970

20th July - 200th Anniversary of Regents canal. Clean up (BWCU)
Details: Look out for the Thames21 van in the Bow Wharf Car Park.
Contact: Ben Fenton ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk 07920230970

21st July - Himalayan Balsam Bashing Work Party - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (IWA Chelmsford Branch)
Details: Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native species that crowds out other plants.  Why not join IWA Chelmsford Branch on a work party day (9am to 4pm) to help control the spread of the plant on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.  All tools and equipment will be provided, but you will you need to take a packed lunch and waterproofs in case of rain. Meet at Paper Mill Lock, Little Baddow, at 9am.
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk

24th July - Lea Navigation Canoe Clean Up (BWCU)
Details: Limited numbers - pre-registration essential.
Contact: Ben Fenton ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk 07920230970

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


Upcoming Towpath Walks

15th July - Stourbridge Canal (Broadfield House Glass Museum)
Details: The walk from the Bonded Warehouse to Red House Glass Cone is led by Graham Fisher; waterways author and glass enthusiast.  Start time for all of the walks is 10.00am, meeting at 09.45am in Canal Street by the Bonded Warehouse. There is a nominal charge to cover costs and under-16s should be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Broadfield House on 01384 812745

15th July - Cotswold Canals, Stroud (IWA Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Branch)
Details: A short guided walk around Stroud and the canal including a talk on Stroud by Clive Field of Cotswold Canals Trust. Meet at Lock keepers Cafe next to CCT Heritage Centre Wallbridge Stroud from 1pm. This walk will last about 1-1 1/2 hours and will be no more than 2 miles with plenty of stops to learn about the area. Numbers are limited to 20.
Contact: roger.holmes@waterways.org.uk

29th July - Grantham Canal (IWA East Yorkshire Branch)
Details: Day trip to the Grantham Canal at Woolsthorpe to see restored locks and work still to be done on the canal. Transport to be arranged depending on numbers.
Contact: roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

30th July - Grand Union Canal (Railway & Canal Historical Society)
Details: Grand Union Canal Towpath Walk, Tring to Aylesbury (8 miles/14km approx), led by Graham Bird. Meet at Tring Station at 1115. Further information from Graham on 020 8747 3694 or (on the day only, please) 07717 220026. Booking not required; lunch at a nearby tavern.
Contact: grabrail@hotmail.co.uk

To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


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