IWA Continues to Campaign for Increased Funding For Navigations Following Transfer Announcement

Issue date: 6th June 2019

The Inland Waterways Association has responded to the confirmation announced yesterday by Defra and the Environment Agency that the potential transfer of EA navigations to Canal & River Trust will not take place "at this point in time". IWA welcomes the commitment by EA to develop a long term funding and business plan for its navigations and confirms that IWA will continue to lobby Government for additional funding for these waterways.

In meetings with EA senior management over the last 12 months, IWA representatives have learnt about EA's new strategies to support navigation and increase funding in other ways. One of these is the inclusion of navigation in a new Future Funding Team that will be identifying potential funding opportunities. IWA has offered its support for these initiatives, particularly proposals around using more volunteers and developing income from commercial opportunities. One area that IWA is encouraging EA to consider is new mooring sites, particularly residential moorings, as a way of increasing income that would also help with the additional demand for moorings as more people take to a life afloat.

IWA disagreed with EA last year over its steep registration fee increases for boaters, which will see increases of over 30% over 3 years for some boaters, but agrees that additional funding sources need to be identified. IWA will also continue to lobby Defra and Government for ongoing Grant in Aid for EA's navigations to reflect the benefits that our waterways bring to the wider population though opportunities for leisure, health and wellbeing, as well as the economic benefits of vibrant, well maintained waterways to tourism and local communities.

IWA National Chairman, Ivor Caplan, said "We understand that current funding is constrained but believe that sufficient investment in waterways is essential to enable them to meet their full potential in environmental and amenity benefits. IWA will continue to campaign and to support EA in practical ways, in order to ensure that these benefits are realised."

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For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Policy & Campaigns Officer, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 01494 783453 ext 619.

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About The Inland Waterways Association

The Inland Waterways Association is the membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers. IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations. The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
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Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Policy & Campaigns Officer, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 01494 783453 ext 619.