10th May 2023 – IWA Statement funding of waterways.

IWA Statement re proposed national initiative to pursue joint action re funding of waterways.
“This morning (Friday 5th May) IWA National Chair, Les Etheridge, chaired a meeting of waterways organisations to discuss the threats to our waterways caused by a level of government funding which is already inadequate and appears likely to be cut even further. The meeting was jointly initiated by IWA and the National Association of Boat Owners (NABO). The organisations present all agreed on the need for joint action to influence national and local government, through a new campaigning group ‘Fund Britain’s Waterways’. It was heartening to see the waterways family starting to come together in their desire to take concerted action. This is an important part of IWA’s own campaign: Protect Our Waterways, and we urge you all to join in and add your voices.”
The TMBA was invited to participate in this meeting which, although convened at short notice, was attended by representatives of almost 30 waterway organisations.
For some years, we have been actively campaigning for a more united approach from user organisations and I was pleased to indicate our support. My proposal that a small working group urgently formulate clear purpose and strategy was unanimously adopted.
Members will be kept informed of progress.
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