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Bridgewater Canal user complains of 'ridiculous amount of enforcement activity' warringtonguardian.co.uk

A Bridgewater Canal user fears 'boating activity' on the waterway at Lymm is at risk due to 'a ridiculous amount of enforcement activity'. The 39-mile waterway, which connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh, is owned by Bridgewater Canal Company Ltd and currently employs two enforcement officers. However, Chris Pilgram, who has had a boat on the canal for more than 20 years, said there is now a 'lack of boating activity' because of a management change. "Since that time there has been a ridiculous amount of enforcement activity, such as pestering boaters to move off the towpath even when they are causing no problems," he said. "Canal and River Trust (CRT) licence holders are chased off the canal after seven days with no return for a month. So they don't come.... click for full story