Ill­tyd Har­ring­ton 1931 – 2015

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AL­THOUGH WIDELY KNOWN in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles as a flam­boy­ant Labour politi­cian who served as Deputy Leader to Ken Liv­ing­stone in the 1980s Greater Lon­don Coun­cil, Ill­tyd Har­ring­ton, who died on 1 Oc­to­ber aged 84, was also a canal en­thu­si­ast and ac­tive cam­paigner for the wa­ter­ways.

As a mem­ber of the GLC in the 1960s, he helped take the then Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways to task over its plans to fill in City Road Basin and build on it. In 1968, he was ap­pointed by Trans­port Min­is­ter Bar­bara Cas­tle to head the In­land Wa­ter­way Amenity Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil ( IWAAC), trav­el­ling the wa­ter­ways and sup­port­ing canal restoration projects, be­fore be­ing ap­pointed to the BW Board him­self.

In the 1980s, he pushed for im­prove­ment of the Re­gent’s Canal de­spite a Coun­cil col­league telling him “You’re wast­ing your time. It’s full of stink­ing wa­ter and dead dogs” – as well as sup­port­ing the open­ing of the Thames Path. An Hon­orary Vice Pres­i­dent of the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion, he was of­ten to be seen at its an­nual Canal­way Cav­al­cade at Lit­tle Venice.

In more re­cent years he was still ac­tive, serv­ing un­der Ken Liv­ing­stone once again as wa­ter­ways ad­vi­sor to the Greater Lon­don Mayor.

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