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    Here is an opportunity to tell DEFRA that you would like to get access to Inland Waterways along the lines of what happens in Scotland and why Voluntary Access Agreements don't work. Here is the link.





    How to respond

    Name: Inland Waterways Team

    Address: NWC Consultation Responses, Inland Waterways Team, Area 3B Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR

    Email: NWCresponses@defra.gsi.gov.uk

    A series of specialist consultation sessions will take place during the consultation period. If you are interested to know more, please contact nwcresponses@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

    If you have a general interest in the waterways but would rather not respond to the consultation in full, you can tell us your views by completing a quick online questionnaire.


    Just do it!
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    Thank you. I'll get my laptop and visit that link first thing (this is from my Android phone).

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    Hmmmm! Interesting very limited questionaire, but filled it anyway!

    Will consider a full response to send in
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    Actually this only concerns what is currently controlled by British Waterways which, with BCU membership doesn't present much of an access problem. The majority of our rivers are outside of the debate. Still worth a response, particularly from the canoeing orgs, to ensure that the situation doesnt deteriorate when the whole lot is transferred to the new body. Also worth fillimg in the quick online questionaire to give an indication of how many people canoe on their waters.

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    It is always nice to be asked your opinion, and these are people who can hopefully take that into consideration, and propose a change to the present very limited access we have. Get as many people as possible to fill it in.

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    We should take advantage of this opportunity to communicate directly with DEFRA about access to all inland waterways... filling in the questionnaire is good, writing a consultation is better, participating in the specialist consultation sessions is best. Doing nothing adds no value.

    Just do it.
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    Thanks for the link there. All to short but (hopefully) worth the filling-in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdew99 View Post
    We should take advantage of this opportunity to communicate directly with DEFRA about access to all inland waterways... filling in the questionnaire is good, writing a consultation is better, participating in the specialist consultation sessions is best. Doing nothing adds no value.

    Just do it.

    Hear, hear!

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    Online form filled in and main consultation doc downloaded...already read 1/3rd of it...seems reasonable....

    My only fear is that with any organisation they get stuck in the idea that they need to raise more and more money to do mare and more and more and before you know it prices go up and up. Also these type of bodies tend to "put aside" money for "just in case" needs or have as a float so in theory less can be done with the money in the first place while they build up their reserve....rather than spend all the money doing what is necessary (all the money being government grants and current income) and then doing extras with the extra money they raise...if they raise less they should do less in order to keep the core work going.

    ...in reality I feel that when they raise less money than they want, rather than scaling back the "extras" they will up the prices of license and visitor attractions and thereby defeat one of the core goals of increasing participation.

    Still, the document has little to argue about...all standard "well meaning" words...plenty of "access" and "in every one's interest" being taken into account with specific mentions for various groups such as canoeing etc.
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    ...as far as Canoeists being represented on the new board of the charity Private Boating (4-8 people) and boating business (3 to 4 people) get a big share along side local boards (11 people) which I think is fair, "anglers and other water users - sailors and canoeists and rowers" are represented by 2-3 people as is similar to the environment representation.

    What would be good is if Anglers and Canoeists were represented by the same people as is suggested on the new board of the charity....squabbling would have to stop.
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