Canal & River Trust Disappointed by DEFRA Announcement on EA Waterways

Transfer of Environment Agency navigations

Tony Hales, chair of the Canal & River Trust responded to the announcement from DEFRA that the transfer of EA waterways to CRT has been postponed

Tony Hales said:

Defra has today (3/7/13) announced the postponement of the project looking at the transfer of the Environment Agency river navigations to the Canal & River Trust.  

This is disappointing news and a missed opportunity.  In less than a year, the transfer of British Waterways to the voluntary sector has begun to revolutionise the way that our canals and rivers are cared for, opening up improved engagement and new opportunities for volunteering and fundraising.  There is no reason that we could not have seen the same benefits on the EA’s navigations.

We have very much enjoyed working with the team at the EA and look forward to this continuing as we share best practice and knowledge in the future.  We remain ready to look at these plans when the Government is next able to proceed.”


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