IWA Raises Issues on Powers to be Given to the Canal & River Trust
Defra has undertaken a short consultation on the powers to transfer to the Canal & River Trust. It is a limited consultation, with a reduced 6 week period to reply, since Defra had already consulted on the principles of transferring the British Waterways network, with associated statutory powers and obligations.
Most of the issues raised are technical but there were a couple of issues that needed a considered response from IWA.
In the context of a question about whether CRT should have an enhanced statutory proposer role in relation to ministerial orders on classification and maintenance of its waterways, there appeared to be an ambiguity in the drafting of this section, suggesting that all waterways be able to be downgraded, other than just selected commercial waterways as originally envisaged in the original New Era for the Waterways consultation. IWA gave notice of its intention to robustly resist any such attempt to down grade any cruise-way waterways in the future.
On Freedom of Information and whether it might apply to CRT, IWA's stance in replying was that it was contrary to a level playing ground being established for the new charity to have FOI requirements applied to it, when no other charities have the same conditions applied. It was also important for CRT trustees to be fully independent.
Read the full
For consultation information please go to the DEFRA website www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/09/12/waterways-1109/
Outline Planning Permission has recently been awarded for the restoration of the Derby Canal along the full 12 mile canal corridor from the Trent & Mersey Canal at Swarkestone to the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre.
This is excellent news as it means that all the relevant planning authorities have now given official support to the canal restoration. Piecemeal restoration projects can now be promoted/developed in the full knowledge that the remainder will follow later.
It is the culmination of 4 years and more of effort by Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust, (a consortium comprising Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society, local authorities and IWA), and is a tremendous step forward.
A proposed lift on the Derby Arm still requires planning permission, which will be sought when details are more defined.
IWA's Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch has recently commented on a multitude of sections within the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Waste Core Strategy (part of the Local Development Framework)
The aim is to encourage the use of waterborne freight transport on the river Trent instead of road transport.
The above core strategy concerns waste management, what to do with future waste and where to site any processing plants, if they are needed.
By commenting at this stage in the development of the strategy, there's a chance of influencing where any future processing plants might be located (adjacent to a river or a wharf, for instance) and which mode of transport is favoured for waste and recovered material flows into and out of any processing centres.
Staffordshire based public relations company FCM Associates Ltd is celebrating being Highly Commended at the Burton Mail Business Awards 2011 for raising the profile of East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire with its PR Campaign for The Waterways Festival.
Around 25,000 visitors attended The Waterways Festival in Burton at the end of July and 360 boats moored along the Trent & Mersey Canal – stretching 1.5 miles in either direction of the festival site. There were 350 camping units on site and over 250 exhibitors in attendance.
The Burton Mail Business Awards recognise excellence within the regional business community each year, by offering businesses the chance to enter 11 award categories, supported by the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce.
Based in Burton upon Trent, FCM Associates Ltd donated additional business hours to IWA in support of the company’s hometown hosting the national event.
IWA Merseyside & West Lancashire Branch
IWA’s Merseyside & West Lancashire Branch has ceased operation as a full branch and now plans to operate as a group within IWA’s Chester & District Branch. These arrangements have been endorsed by IWA’s trustees and relevant committees. Existing members of the Merseyside & West Lancashire Branch will become members of Chester & District Branch from now on and will receive Chester & District Branch newsletter, unless they opt to join another branch.
IWA Peterborough Branch Local Waterways Cruising Plaque
To encourage cruising of the Middle Level Navigations (the network of waterways between the Great Ouse and river Nene), IWA's Peterborough Branch is running a Cruising Plaque award scheme. This is available to all who can provide proof of navigation to the four extremities of the Middle Levels system, namely Holme, Nordelph, Ramsey and Stonea.
For more information please go to www.waterways.org.uk/regions_branches/eastern/Peterborough/local_waterways_cruising_plaque
Want to get more involved with your local waterway but not sure where to start? Have a look at our information pages for some top tips.
Clean-ups - arranging a clean-up on your local waterway is a good way to make a real difference to your local waterside environment. It can be great fun too - and it's simple to organise.
Boat Rallies - Organising a boat rally on your local waterway can be a useful means of gaining media and public attention for your cause, whether it's to promote a nearby restoration, or just to show the benefits that boaters bring to a community. It can be great fun too - and it can be a fund-raiser.
IWA has a strong track record as a campaigning organisation undertaking waterway projects at local level for the benefit of all waterway users and in pursuit of maintaining the nation’s canals and rivers for navigation.
IWA is seeking to strengthen its well established credentials in this area by recruiting a new campaign team member to work directly with the Campaigns and Communications Manager to offer peripatetic support for branches to help plan, support and coordinate local projects and engage new local volunteers as part of IWA’s ongoing commitment to local campaign work.
To apply, download and complete an application form and send to Jo.Gilbertson@waterways.org.uk before 15 November 2011
Download Role Information www.waterways.org.uk/pdf/branch_campaign_project_worker_role
Download Application Pack www.waterways.org.uk/pdf/branch_campaign_project_worker_app_pack
IWA is looking for photos for IWA's 2013 Calendar and offering three free calendars to the photographers whose photos are used. Photos entered for the calendar competition will be displayed on the IWA website. The photos will then be shortlisted and voted for. Please include details of the waterway location and the text 'CALENDAR COMPETITION' in the description area when uploading your entries. Photos for the Calendar need to be digital and at least 2100 pixels by 1500 pixels (can be landscape or portrait).
To upload your photo to the website (up to 2mb) using our easy online form please go to www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_image_gallery/upload. Users need to be registered for the IWA website and logged in to use the upload form. Unregistered users can sign up as a 'forum member' for free here www.waterways.org.uk/account/register/
Alternatively, or for larger images, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos uploaded may be used by IWA for publicity purposes, on the web site, in marketing material, our Annual Review or as part of our IWA Calendar. Any photos selected for use will be credited where possible.
Please read the photo gallery terms & conditions www.waterways.org.uk/image_galleries/image_gallery_terms
IWA Events Volunteering
Volunteering at the Trailboat Festival 2012, Stroud - Organisers of the festival are looking for people with a variety of skills, lots of enthusiasm and commitment complimented with a sense of humour. The organisers, Cotswold Canals Trust, are looking for bar staff, car park attendants, litter pickers & cleaners, crowd marshals, lifters, shifters, carriers and other assorted workers for the duration. For more information please go to www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/national_trailboat_festival_2012/volunteering
Find out about volunteering opportunities at IWA's 2012 events www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/volunteer/event_volunteers
IWA Branch and Region Help Wanted
IWA North & East London Branch Secretary & Committee Members - The branch is seeking a new Branch Secretary and Committee Members to join the committee. The committee usually meets 8 times a year [evenings] and committee members are asked to actively support branch events.
For a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches and regions please go to: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies
The plane trees lining France's 300-year-old Canal du Midi are being chopped down because of a fungus brought to Europe by US soldiers in World War II.
The fungus is said to travel through the canal water and just a small scratch on a plane tree is enough for the fungus to infect the tree. The trees can get infected when boats scrape up against the roots.
The trees line the length of the canal on its 240km (150-mile) course from Toulouse to the port of Sete on the Mediterranean. 1,000 trees were cut down last winter, 2,000 more will be felled in the coming months.
France will have to replant a variety of trees it chops down in order for the canal to retain its world heritage site status.
Read the full story on the BBC website www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15305048
Environment Minister Richard Benyon has announced a new scheme to generate more green space in England’s towns and cities.
The Green Infrastructure Partnership has been designed to help communities make more innovative use of existing grey infrastructure – such as creating rooftop gardens, small community gardens or living walls.
A recent study of over 350,000 people found that people who lived near to green space lived longer and health inequalities were significantly reduced.
The Natural Environment White Paper is therefore committed to enhancing green infrastructure and improving communities’ health, quality of life and resilience to climate change.
The Partnership, which is being launched as part of the first White Paper on the Natural Environment in 20 years, will initially run for up to two years. Their general aims will be to:
Read the full article on the DEFRA website www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/10/11/more-green-spaces/
Deadly Scene Investigation on the Chesterfield Canal
Families can go to Tapton Lock Visitor Centre on the Chesterfield Canal and turn into wildlife crime scene investigators as part of the BBC's Live 'n' Deadly series. Follow the clues along the canal towpath and see if you can deduce who's eaten who? The reward is a special code to unlock exclusive content on Live 'n' Deadly's online game.
For more information please go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/events/default.asp
The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:
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 that receive a hard copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.
Please see below for a list of canal restoration and clean-up events.
5th - 6th November - Inglesham Lock, Cotswold Canals (London WRG)
Details: Work will involve scrub bashing & other works to help with the restoration of Inglesham Lock. New volunteers welcome.
5th - 6th November - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (Essex WRG)
Details: Volunteers will spend the weekend helping maintain the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. Accomodation will probably be on the Haybay Barge.
19th November - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA Lichfield Branch & BW)
Details: Litter pick together with Armitage Cubs. Meet canal side by The Mossley Tavern, Armitage Road, Rugeley. 10.00am start and hoping to finish by 12.00pm – 12.30pm for fish and chips in the village. All equipment provided, and event will be supervised by British Waterways.
19th - 20th November - Hollinwood Canal (WRG North West)
Details: Weekend of scrub bashing and 'extreme' tirforing on the Hollinwood Canal is planned by WRG's North West regional group. More details about the canal can be found on the Hollinwood Canal website www.hollinwoodcanal.co.uk/
19th - 20th November - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (London WRG)
Details: Help maintain the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. Accommodation will be on the Haybay Barge.
To advertise your upcoming cleanup/restoration events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/
3rd November - Shugborough & Cannock Chase (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Forest, Country Park and Canal Towpath Walk (Shugborough Estate and Cannock Chase). Meet at the Clifford Arms, Great Haywood, ST18 0SR. 10.00 for 10.15 am start. Approx 4 miles, easy walking, no stiles. Optional meal afterwards.
Contact: Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email@example.com
6th November - Paddington Branch, Grand Union (London Walks)
Details: Paddington Basin, Little Venice, Paddington Branch Grand Union, meet 2.30pm Edgware Road Station (Circle Line). Costs £8 or £6 senior citizens/full-time students, children under 15 free. Proceeds shared between IWA and London Walks.
Contact: Peter Finch 020 8969 9941, firstname.lastname@example.org or Roger Wilkinson 020 8458 9476, email@example.com.
18th November - Hatton Flight 'The Stairway to Heaven'(IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: This is a gentle walk of less than four miles up the Hatton flight of the Grand Union Canal returning over fields or, if too muddy, back down the towpath. A half way break to purchase coffee at Hatton Café is planned.
20th November - Regent's Canal (London Walks)
Details: Little Venice – Camden, meet 2.30pm at Warwick Avenue Station.Costs £8 or £6 senior citizens/full-time students, children under 15 free. Proceeds shared between IWA and London Walks.
Contact: Peter Finch 020 8969 9941, firstname.lastname@example.org or Roger Wilkinson 020 8458 9476, email@example.com.
24th November - Bridgewater Canal (IWA Chester and District Branch)
Details: From the Parr Arms in Grappenhall, this walk follows the towing path of the Bridgewater Canal in a north easterly direction to join the Trans Pennine Way. The route includes a peep at Latchford Locks on the Manchester Ship Canal before returning via the Bridgewater to the Parr Arms after a walk of 4.4 miles.
26th November - Chesterfield Canal (Inland Waterways Protection Society)
Details: Chesterfield Canal around Renishaw. We usually start at around 10.00am and aim to finish at 4.00pm, the length of the walk being about 5-6 miles.
Contact: Ian Edgar, 0161 427 7402 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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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