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    Default Heads-Up: BC Access & Waterways Job!

    OK - British Canoeing has just highlighted an Access & Environment vacancy...

    ...which closes on Monday lunchtime - so 8th January. 2018!




    Looks like the post might have been live since mid December.... but I'm not sure how anyone here was supposed to notice!

    As far as I can tell, the only mention outside of the generic Jobs page is on the UK Sport Website - which I'm sure everyone here visits regularly!

    Anyway... gist of the job:

    Quote Originally Posted by British Canoeing
    We are looking to strengthen Places to Paddle team and the successful candidate will be required to improve waterway access and delivering British Canoeing’s environmental awareness campaign. You will lead on issues of environment and conservation; developing guidance, advice and content around sustainable canoeing behaviour.
    It's a full time position (37 hours per week) – permanent - Based at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham - Salary Up to £30,000

    Quote Originally Posted by British Canoeing
    The ideal candidate will be passionate about protecting and enhancing the paddling environment. Will be able to liaise with key partners, volunteers, paddlers and government to champion the need for change and therefore we are looking for someone who is a confident communicator, who can negotiate with and influence a range of groups and partners.

    Applicants for this post will require significant experience and knowledge of the environment, and conservation; as well as the current situation with respect to access to and from the water.

    Due to the nature of the work the role and to be successful in the role, the role holder must be willing and able to work the hours to get the job done. This will include evening and weekend meetings and travelling with overnight stays.
    I've created a news story about the post here and have got it on social media here: Facebook, Twitter

    Ps. Links to BC Jobs Page, Tweet and Facebook Post.

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    Interestingly, I was in the pub on Saturday reading their papers and there was essentially a reprint of an angling Trust press release saying that the appointment of an access officer was the end times for fishing as one canoe could ruin a days fishing for everyone. I’d link to it, but unfortunately mr murdoch has paywalled the article. It was depressing that there was no actual journalism, just a “the angling Trust says....”, but I appreciate journalists cost money and it’s easier to print content provided by third parties.

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    Quite a bit of discussion of this online:



    Source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/3...e-221285d37bf1

    Pam has apparently responded - possibly on behalf of Waters of Wales - and Steve Raynor says Canoe Wales will be responding

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    Another twist - and one which should make for "interesting times" for the new Access & Environment Officer 🤣

    We have a motion to the AGM requiring the Board of British Canoeing to "make an unequivocal commitment to campaign for legislation to secure open access for all recreational users of water and waterside" - and there's more!


    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Bell View Post
    Many of us are frustrated at the lack of progress on access, or maybe have been vocal in our criticism of the NGB’s from failing to grasp the nettle in the past; now, we have a real chance to change things! BC have shown that they are committing to a change in direction. As members we can put some momentum and confidence into this change of direction.
    To help demonstrate support, a motion has been put forward to the BC AGM. If you support the aim, register your support where it counts – at the AGM! If you can’t get there in person, consider giving your proxy vote to either Ivan or me. Voting forms will be published by BC in due course, with the agenda for the AGM.

    Motion to British Canoeing AGM 24 March 2018
    Ivan Lawler
    Pam Bell

    We submit the following item for discussion at the annual general meeting of British Canoeing on 24 March 2018.

    After many years of believing that our only option was to try to negotiate access permission, we have moved to a situation where we consider a right of navigation to exist on all rivers. We now know that, while landowners may be entitled to control access to the water across their land, and to charge for this, they do not control navigation and are not entitled to charge for ‘linear access’ or passage along the water on the basis of ownership of the land.

    The access effort has evolved as our understanding of the legal situation has developed, but has failed to keep pace with the changing situation. A lack of clarity and consistency has led to misunderstandings and frustration between British Canoeing, its membership, strategic partners and the wider public, and created a barrier to taking a robust and consistent campaigning position.

    British Canoeing has stated that where there is no statutory navigation authority, payment should not be made for passage or linear access along inland water, and have withdrawn from many past arrangements which involved payment for use of water. However, confusion remains over some arrangements, including sites operated by the NGB’s. This compromises the BC federal agreement and weakens the campaigning position; to the detriment of British Canoeing’s membership and the wider public.

    Building on the success of Scotland, and following Welsh devolution, WCA (now Canoe Wales) began campaigning for legislation to enshrine existing rights into comprehensive legislation with a code of conduct, and this is now on the Welsh Government Agenda. British Canoeing has put on record its belief that this solution would work for England, but its commitment to campaigning for comprehensive legislation for open access with a code of conduct, in England, is unclear.

    The experience of Scotland suggests that a successful navigation case will provide impetus to the move for legislation, as with the Spey ruling prior to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act.
    British Canoeing has stated that the cost of mounting or defending a case would be prohibitive, and as such, not a viable option. This has constrained the access campaign; however, the necessary funds could be raised.

    Our access effort is currently spread very thinly across negotiating for ‘agreements / arrangements’, developing canoe trails and lobbying for improved access.

    With no clear vision of our end-goal, the access effort lacks direction and focus.

    Without a clear strategy there is no way to measure progress, or to ensure that funds are directed where they are most needed.

    We call upon the board and members of British Canoeing to:

    (i) Make an unequivocal commitment to campaign for legislation to secure open access for all recreational users of water and waterside, accompanied by a code of conduct, by:

    · Setting out on or before 30th August 2018, and implementing, a costed strategy to secure legislation;

    · Setting out the vision for the role of BC in monitoring and protecting access, following legislation.

    (ii) Address constraints on pro-active campaigning by:

    · Investigating mechanisms to make available a portion of membership fees for targeted pro-active access campaigning.

    · Establishing clear criteria for determining whether an access-related case should be pursued and/or defended.

    · Carrying out a review of existing information to identify suitable rivers for a navigation case.

    (iii) Carry out a comprehensive review of British Canoeing Activities in England and Wales; identify and resolve any contradictions and/or conflicts between BC’s current activities and:

    · British Canoeing’s stated access policy and aspirations;

    · The home nations and the BC Federal Agreement

    · British Canoeing’s aspiration to represent the public in terms of canoeing and kayaking in the UK;

    (iv) Review and report progress against the above annually at the British Canoeing AGM

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    There has also been a post from Ben Seal at Britsh canoeing on the waters of Wales face book page I will see if he is happy for me to post here
    Last edited by smurf; 29th-January-2018 at 10:26 PM.

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