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All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group report

PRESS RELEASE: Canal & River Trust Making Significant Progress According to Inquiry Issue date: 11th September 2014

An inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group (APPWG) has recognised significant progress made by Canal & River Trust (CRT) since it was established in 2012.

Since CRT took over management of 2,000 miles of waterway from British Waterways, the Trust has established itself as a charity with a new governance structure. As well as this, it has developed new funding streams, recruited volunteers and reached out to the wider waterways community.

APPWG held an evidence session on Monday 21st July to understand the aims, goals, progress and challenges of the new charity, and has produced a report of the findings, together with recommendations for government and other relevant bodies.

The inquiry covered topics which included funding, the transfer of Environment Agency (EA) navigations, volunteering, community and moorings.

APPWG Chair, Sir Tony Baldry MP said “CRT has achieved a lot in a short amount of time. They have developed sustainable funding streams, developed volunteering schemes and have started to tackle historic mooring problems. CRT has the opportunity to build upon these achievements in the future to encourage further community involvement in the Waterways. The APPWG looks forward to seeing the continued development of CRT and will revisit them in a further Inquiry when CRT has become more established.”

Witnesses at the evidence session included Dan Rogerson MP (current Waterways Minister) as well as representatives from CRT, EA, The Inland Waterways Association and the British Canoe Union.



ENDS

For further information please contact:

Jonathan Shaw, APPWG secretariat
[e] [email protected]