Issue date: 22nd February 2016
The Inland Waterways Association welcomes the announcement by Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency that a joint working group will explore different options for the running of river navigations currently managed by the Environment Agency.
IWA has long campaigned for the transfer of these navigations from EA to CRT, and before Christmas asked its members in constituencies with EA waterways to write to their MPs in support of the transfer.
IWA is pleased to note the confirmation in the announcement that it remains Government policy to transfer responsibility for navigation of these rivers to CRT, subject to affordability and approval by CRT’s Trustees.
IWA’s National Chairman, Les Etheridge, said “In the light of recent floods there has never been a better time for CRT and EA to start talking about the practicalities of how the transfer would happen. Transfer of navigation responsibility would also allow EA to concentrate on their regulatory functions of pollution and flooding.”
IWA looks forwards to contributing to the review, and in the meantime will continue its campaign to demonstrate why the navigations currently run by EA would be better off with CRT.
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Notes for Editors
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA), a registered charity, leads campaigns to conserve, maintain and restore Britain’s network of canal and river waterways. With a membership of around 16,000, IWA provides a strong voice for waterways users, working with navigation authorities, local and national government and other organisations to keep all our waterways alive.
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