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    Default River Access Early Day Motion in Parliament

    Those who are members of British Canoeing will already be familiar with the new charter, “Clear Access Clear Waters” which was launched last November at Westminster. Since then the pressure has been maintained with a growing number of cross party MPs supporting the charter. This has resulted in John Grogan MP tabling an Early Day Motion for access to rivers. A link to details about this on the BC website is below and below that a link to the EDM on the Parliamentary website.
    https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/n...rly-day-motion
    https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-...-for-canoeists

    The motion of itself will not necessarily produce legislation for access but the more MPs who sign up their support for this then the greater the chance that it will be taken up, so please get in touch with your MP, or preferably visit them and ask them for their support.

    I went and spent about half an hour with my MP at her weekly surgery and she was very interested in what I had to say, (probably heartily relieved that I wasn’t there to badger her about Brexit!) As a result she has agreed to support the motion and she has also written to Michael Gove the DEFRA Minister asking when there will be legislation for access to rivers. If you need more info then there’s lots of background information on the BC web pages and of course the killer statistic is that of the 42,000 miles of paddleable river in England we only have a guaranteed right of access to 1,400 miles, less than 4% which in anyone’s language is simply unfair.
    Mike

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    This is important. The more MPs who can learn about the issue the better, so I hope the SotP crowd can help. It is also good to see that Michael Gove has a copy of the Charter https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/n...ter-canoe-club
    My MP is one of the sponsers so she will be getting a letter of congratulations and support. They all need something different to think about instead of Br....
    Many thanks for your work on this Mike - it is great that SotP has a member on the British Canoeing Access & Environment Advisory Group.

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    Yeah, good points. Its time I reminded my (deeply Tory) MP about the correspondence we had on access a few years ago. He was approachable, friendly and entirely non-committal, but at least my words on the rewards of being on the rivers should stick with him, and he said he acknowledged that he'd learnt something which he would remember if it comes up in parliament.

    I shall drop him another e-mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Yeah, good points. Its time I reminded my (deeply Tory) MP about the correspondence we had on access a few years ago. He was approachable, friendly and entirely non-committal, but at least my words on the rewards of being on the rivers should stick with him, and he said he acknowledged that he'd learnt something which he would remember if it comes up in parliament.

    I shall drop him another e-mail.
    I have also emailed stuff about canoe/river access to my MP Robert Goodwill. I got a helpful reply although it did turn out to be a dead end. But like you - I 'd hope he remembers it if it comes to a parliamentary discussion. Doing something positive is always better than just moaning amongst like minded folk.
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    I've dropped a message to my MP - Liam Fox (!)

    If you don't know how to contact your MP, here's help:

    https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
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