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NO MORE BRITISH WATERWAYS

Wednesday October 20th, 2010
The days are numbers for British Waterways as part of the governments program of Quango cuts. BW will be replaced with a new charitable organisation created with recommendations from the BW themselves.
Waterways Minister, Richard Benyon MP said, ”The move will give users of the waterways a greater say in their future management and help to ensure they remain part of our natural and cultural heritage, of value to society and the economy.”
Gus Lewis, of the RYA, said, “We are broadly supportive of the move, provided that the governance structure of the new organisation is robust and that there is comprehensive stakeholder engagement.”
13 million people a year visit 2,200-mile network of canals, rivers and docks which is worth £½ billion a year to the nation. It is proposed the future funding should come from a combination of a guaranteed, long-term Government contract, commercial income and charity, with the new body up and running by April 2012.
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