Economic Case Studies

This page has been provided for waterway restoration groups to put forward Economic Case Studies and other related documents that may be of use to other restoration groups.

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has provided a document available here (pdf 810kb), which gives a summary and some detail of case studies for

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Kennet & Avon Canal
  • Wilts & Berks Canal (Swindon area)
  • Droitwich Canals

Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group has provided four documents on a slightly different topic.  The group has been told by the Environment Agency that its project was the first in the UK to seek and be granted an exemption under Article 4.7 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) since this EU legislation came into force in the UK in 2003.  The four documents cover the submission made:

  • A 67 page Water Framework Compliance Assessment Report from April 2012, prepared for the Group by Golder Associates under the guidance of the Envronment Agency. The Agency agreed from the outset that the Maidenhead scheme would automatically conflict with WFD due to the inclusion of a weir and lock and therefore required an Article 4.7 exemption, but insisted on a comprehensive assessment to back up the obvious conclusion of a conflict, in case of a subsequent EU investigation. Having formally concluded there was a conflict with WFD, the Group then had to demonstrate that the benefits of the scheme outweighed the potential benefits of the water body achieving WFD compliance (if this ever were practical); 
  • MWRG’s Water Framework Directive Article 4.7 Statement, developed by the Group, without the benefit of consultants, for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in September 2012, to justify it granting the exemption required under WFD. The Directive opposes in principle any new impoundments (locks and weirs), that could disturb the habitats in a watercourse, potentially preventing the achievement of the WFD’s long term aims of improving water quality and returning to a more natural condition every inland and coastal water body in the EU. The Statement incudes a broad economic assessment undertaken by the Group of the benefits of the Maidenhead waterways scheme and related Area Action Plan, by comparison with the Agency's assessed benefits of potentially achieving WFD compliance;
  • Appendix B to the paper, which is the EA’s current high level assessment of the WFD condition of the water body, of which the Maidenhead waterway is a part, plus the considered feasibility of achieving the WFD targets (in the absence of the Group's scheme); 
  • A report and Mutli-criteria analysis, prepared by the Group for the council appointed Partnership for the Rejuvenation of Maidenhead (PRoM) in October 2102. PRoM was asked to endorse the various assessments and granting of an Article 4.7 Exemption, to allow a planning consent to be issued for the scheme. PRoM unanimously endorsed the paper(s) and their conclusions and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead issued the planning consent for the waterways scheme in December 2012.  

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