Thursday 14 October 2010
Louise Nousratpour of LifeStyle reports that:
A government decision to turn British Waterways into a charity could threaten the future of the country’s network of canals and its vital work in flood prevention, unions warned today.
Under wider plans to cull nearly 200 quangos, the government decided to move the body . . . → Read More: Union says BW Charity Plan Spells Disaster
The British Marine Federation (BMF), which represents over 1,400 members who employ more than 35,000 people in the UK marine industry, has broadly supported the plans to convert British Waterways into a new waterways charity (NWC).
The BMF believes that the Government must ensure the future of our waterways for users and those businesses . . . → Read More: BMF supports new waterway charity but…
Tuesday 19 October 2010 16.30 BST From Martin Wainwright in the Guardian:
British Waterways set on course its own abolition before last week’s quango cull, writes Martin Wainwright
If there was one chirrup from the government’s bonfire of the quangos last week, it will have come from British Waterways, which has been pressing for its . . . → Read More: Making the cut on Britain’s canals
* From The Guardian, Saturday 16 October 2010
Robin Evans, CEO of British Waterways writes:
I find myself in the unusual position of being the head of a public body that has welcomed – and indeed called for – its own abolition (Quango review sees five major bodies becoming charities, 14 October). Before anyone rushes . . . → Read More: CEO of British Waterways writes to the Guardian
14th October 2010
British Waterways (BW) has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement of its intention to transfer BW’s inland waterways in England and Wales into a new charitable body. The move, promoted by BW for the last 18 months, will be the biggest shake up of the waterways since nationalisation in 1948. It will . . . → Read More: Government Backs Plans For New ‘National Trust’ For Waterways
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Interesting post from Simon Robbins’ blog Liveaboards: Letting the mushrooms see the light?.
Simon writes: “It may surprise my regulars but I’m going to say something (almost) positive about British Waterways today.
Along held grumble at local user group meetings has been how on too many occasions local staff leading those . . . → Read More: Letting the mushrooms see the light?
After a two year study, the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC) has identified “serious flaws” in the funding and organisation of the inland waterways of England and Wales, and has called for a comprehensive programme of reform.
IWAC’s Report, entitled Surviving the Cuts and Securing the Future, describes the present structure as “cumbersome” with many . . . → Read More: IWAC Proposes Major Overhaul of the Inland Waterways
TUGn, the Thames User Group (Navigation) , which represents some 30,000 boaters on the Thames, has reacted strongly against the suggestion in recent press reports that Thames should be merged with British Waterways as part of Government’s proposed Big Society process.
The leaked list of quangos to be abolished by the Government includes British Waterways . . . → Read More: Leaked Quango List May Open Floodgates On The River Thames
Extract from Parliamentary Debate on Inland Waterways
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Richard Benyon): I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Tristram Hunt) on securing this debate. After such a tense afternoon in the Chamber, it is nice to be able to find a subject on which there . . . → Read More: Parliament Debate on Future of Waterways
In 1847, the Scottish novelist Hugh Miller described the River Irwell as “a flood of liquid manure, in which all life dies, whether animal or vegetable, and which resembles nothing in nature, except perhaps the stream thrown out in eruption by some mud-volcano”. Friedrich Engels was equally disparaging about the state of Manchester’s Irk: “a narrow, coal-black, foul-smelling stream … out of whose depth bubbles of miasmatic gases constantly rise and give forth a stench that is unbearable.” In its own dark manner, the industrial revolution brought Britain’s waterways to life. Our rivers and canals became the arteries of relentless economic growth and social change – but also the prime deposits of urban excrescence. Today, all cleaned up, they have the opportunity to be at the forefront of another programme of social change. For if this government really wants to live up to its rhetoric of the “Big Society”, it might quietly begin here. . . . → Read More: The towpath that leads to the Big Society