PRESS RELEASE: IWA Welcomes Parliamentary Report on Canal & River Trust

Issue date: 12th September 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) welcomes a report published by the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group (APPWG) on progress made by Canal & River Trust (CRT) since it became a charity in 2012.

The report recognises the achievements made by CRT in a relatively short amount of time such as its establishment as a charity with a new governance structure, generation of new funding streams and increasing volunteer involvement.

IWA particularly welcomes the focus on the transfer of Environment Agency (EA) waterways to CRT. The report recognises the commitment from CRT, EA and the Government, to the transfer of EA waterways, and recommends that the costs are estimated to allow the transfer to take place within the next Parliament.

IWA also welcomed the Group’s recommendation on moorings which include the implementation of a national strategy to tackle issues with overcrowding, as well as create new moorings to help alleviate the stress on current provisions and reduce the need for enforcement. The Group also asked the Trust to review the auctioning of moorings in favour of a system that allows for more socio-economic diversity on the Waterways.

CRT was established in 2012 to take over the management of 2,000 miles of waterway from British Waterways.

IWA contributed to the evidence session held by APPWG on Monday 21st July to understand the aims, goals, progress and challenges of the new charity. Other witnesses included Dan Rogerson MP (current Waterways Minister) as well as representatives from CRT, EA, and British Canoe Union.

Gren Messham, IWA Navigation Committee Chairman said "We welcome the findings of the report, particularly the clear support for the transfer of EA navigations to CRT, subject to the right funding package. This would address some of the long term funding issues which currently threaten EA navigations. IWA also supports the Group's recommendation for CRT to implement a national mooring strategy, and the creation of new moorings, to address the increasing number of craft appearing on the waterways. There are significant problems with moorings in some areas particularly London that have to be addressed.  IWA wants to see these problems resolved such that all boaters get a fair opportunity and we see this as an important and immediate task for CRT."

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About IWA

APPWG - APPWG reconvened in 2012 to consider matters relating to the system of navigable rivers and canals in the UK, estuaries and lakes upon which boating takes place, and associated activities. IWA acts as the group’s secretariat, assisted by the Shaw Business Partnership (a consultancy).

Canal & River Trust - is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales.  They are among the largest charities in the UK, maintaining the nation’s third largest collection of Listed structures, as well as museums, archives, navigations and hundreds of important wildlife sites.

IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways.
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