Message received from the Environment Agency confirms there will be no further discussions regarding a possible transfer of EA waterways to the Canal and Rivers Trust
Whilst this provides some degree of certainty, at least for the time being, it leaves the whole issue of future funding of the EA waterways very much in doubt. We await indications of the proposed new initiatives to develop long term funding and business plans.
“This message is coming to you jointly on behalf of the Environment Agency and Defra.Over the last few years we have been considering the future management of the 1010km of navigable waterways in England covering the Anglian waterways, Upper Medway, non-tidal Thames, Wye and Rye Harbour. This has included considering a potential transfer from the Environment Agency to the Canal and River Trust for the management of these waterways.
The decision has been made not to transfer these inland waterways at this point in time. The Environment Agency will therefore continue to retain responsibility for these inland waterways and their assets. To support a sustainable future for these waterways, the Environment Agency will be developing a long term funding and business plan, and will be supporting the delivery of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.
We are very grateful for the time invested by local and national teams across the organisations who helped us explore this issue, and for the patience of staff, users, and yourselves in partner organisations. “