Defra has today announced that its grant to British Waterways next year will be £41.5m. This is a reduction of £9.8m (or 19%) from the 2010/11 baseline grant of £51.3m. Given that Government funding makes up approximately half of the net spend on the waterways, this will translate into an effective cut of resource available . . . → Read More: Waterways Funding Cuts Announced
DEFRA launched a public consultation on 24 November seeking views on how capital funding should be allocated to individual projects in the future. Subject to final decisions in the spring, the new approach could apply to all projects seeking funds to begin construction from April 2012 onwards.
The proposed approach would mark a departure from . . . → Read More: Flood Control projects may be devolved to local authorities
Published 6 December 2010
Radical new planning reforms were announced today to hand powers down from Whitehall bureaucrats and down from Town Hall officials to communities so local people shape the character of the very neighbourhood in which they live.
In what are being labelled the building blocks of the Big Society, bold changes are . . . → Read More: Planning power from Town Hall and Whitehall to local people
6 December 2010
In response to feedback from the boating trade, British Waterways (BW) is currently consulting on a number of changes to the way business boats are licensed. In future, it is proposed that all business boats use a standard pleasure boat licence (instead of a Business Licence) and that the additional costs and . . . → Read More: BW Consults on changes to Boat Business Licences