Date 28 February 2011
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries (Richard Benyon
On 21 June 2010, I made a statement about inland waterways policy for England and Wales. I said that we were considering the appropriate civil society model for British Waterways, including the possible inclusion of the Environment Agency’s navigations. On 14 October, . . . → Read More: Minister’s Statement – Transfer of EA Navigations
Monday, 28 February 2011
Government statement on transfer of state-owned waterways into new waterways charity
The Government has today announced its preference for a phased transfer of state-owned waterways in England and Wales into the planned new waterway charity, with British Waterways’ canals and rivers moving in 2012 and the Environment Agency (EA) navigations moving . . . → Read More: BW Waterways to Charity in 2012 – EA Navigations in 2015
British Waterways has applied for a ministerial order under section 104(3) of the Transport Act 1968 (the Act) to be made in order to reclassify the ‘remainder’ parts of the Kennet and Avon canal to become a cruising waterway.
Following public consultation as required under the Act, two objections to the order were received. A . . . → Read More: BW applies to reclassify the ‘remaindered’ parts of the K&A
The consultation on the future management of the Public Forest Estate has been halted and all forestry clauses in the Public Bodies Bill will be removed, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman confirmed today.
Mrs Spelman also announced that an independent panel of experts will examine forestry policy in England and report back to her in the . . . → Read More: DEFRA Calls off Forest sales
15th February 2011
British Waterways (BW), which faces a tough three years ahead as a result of the general economic climate, reductions in commercial income, increased pension costs and cuts in government grant, is today announcing a number of cost reduction measures.
On top of a freeze on most recruitment, planned consolidation . . . → Read More: British Waterways announces cost saving measures
An excellent article in the Yorkshire Evening post by Rob McPhee debates the issue waterside safety.
The article was prompted by another drowning tragedy in Leeds which has highlighted river dangers. Rob asks, ‘In a city where we increasingly live and work by the waterside, how can we prevent further tragedies?’
Rod McPhee reports.
THE . . . → Read More: Leeds river tragedy prompts debate on safety issues….
On Friday February 4th, Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark opened a consultation on how revolutionary new rights for communities should work in practice.
The consultations will run for 12 weeks from February 4th, taking views from people, councils and their employees, community groups, voluntary organisations, private businesses and other interested parties.
For those of us interested . . . → Read More: New community rights to challenge and run local services
Waterways in Stoke are being transformed as part of a scheme that gives unemployed people a route back to work.
The scheme is part of the Government’s Future Jobs Fund and is being run by British Waterways in partnership with Groundwork West Midlands and Stoke City Council’s JET (job enterprise and training) project. Eligible individuals . . . → Read More: Job-seekers transform Stoke-on-Trent’s waterways