All Party Parliamentary Group for Waterways Update

Issue date: 16th January 2013

In its plans for “A New Era for the Waterways” published in March 2011 the Government proposed that new Canal & River Trust Waterways Partnerships be established in each of the managed waterways areas as part of the new governance arrangements for CRT.

The Joint Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Waterways (APPWG), Sir Tony Baldry MP and Huw Irranca Davies MP, (both former Waterways Ministers), wish to evaluate the progress of CRT's Waterways Partnerships in England and Wales and to understand their future plans. The APPWG proposes to hold a series of evidence sessions which would be concluded by a report of the inquiry's findings together with recommendations for Government and other relevant bodies.

The thirteen CRT Waterways Partnerships have now been established and CRT describes these bodies purpose on its website to “help shape plans for each waterway. They guide the Trust’s decisions about spending and help develop local engagement, external funding while championing the interests of the waterways.

Waterways Partnerships are a very welcome feature of the new era. They have the opportunity to galvanise local support at a practical level such as raising public awareness of the waterways and increasing volunteering. There is also the important prospect that at a regional strategic level by working with key partners such as local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships they can help shape and deliver regeneration projects.

The Inquiry will last for three months starting in the early part of 2013.

For more information please see the DEFRA and CRT websites.