Navigations transfer is suspended
The potential transfer of Environment Agency navigations to the Canal & River Trust will not take place ‘at this point in time’.
The announcement by Defra and the Environment Agency means that the Inland Waterways Association will continue to lobby Government for additional funding for these waterways.
“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,” said IWA national chairman, Ivor Caplan. “We will continue to campaign and to support EA in practical ways, in order to ensure that these benefits are realised.”
And he said the IWA welcomes EA’s commitment to develop a long-term funding and business plan for its navigations including a new funding team that will identify potential funding opportunities.
Currently funding for EA navigations is largely dependent on Government grant aid.
The IWA is in favour of additional moorings being created to cater for demand and also raise additional revenue.
The organisation maintains that waterways bring opportunities for leisure, health and wellbeing as well as economic benefits to tourism and local communities.
The EA manages the navigation of around 650 miles of waterways including the non-tidal River Thames and the River Medway and several waterways in the Anglian region.
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