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EA to be included in new waterways charity in 2015

The Government has confirmed the Environment Agency waterways WILL be included in the new waterways charity alongside BW canals and rivers - but not until 2015.   While BW will move into the new body next year, the EA move is to be held back to ensure sufficient funding is available to take on the liabilities associated with the EA navigations, including the expensive and vital flood and weir controls.

Commenting on the announcement, British Waterways’ Chairman, Tony Hales said: “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to the planned ‘national trust for the waterways’ and hope the EA navigations may be able to benefit in the future.  While there will be some who are disappointed by the decision not to include all the state-owned waterways from the outset, we appreciate the Government’s caution in ensuring the considerable issues of financial sustainability for the EA navigations have first been fully addressed.”

The consultation on how the new ‘national trust of the waterways’ will be set up will begin this month.  Assuming Parliament consents, the new waterways charity is expected to be up and running by April next year.

Defra has already started the process of establishing the new charity, in January appointing an Advisory Panel on First Appointments and Transition to provide advice to Ministers, and advertising for ‘Transition Trustees’ who are due to be appointed in April.

Monday 28 February  | Andrew Denny  | 12.30pm, Monday 28 February 2011


OMG! This Government are seriously out of touch with the ethos of the BW Directors if they think for one second that they can be trusted with the flood defences of this country's rivers!!
Anyone know of a good supplier of RIBs?

Kevin Lockie  | 12.58PM, Monday 28 February

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