IWA corners the politicians
FOLLOWING the recent General Election the Inland Waterways Association wasted no time in beginning talking to members of the new Parliament.
A parliamentary reception attracted MPs from the Government and various opposition parties as well as members of the House of Lords.
The move followed on from IWA’s Waterway Manifesto, in which it asked candidates to pledge their support for its campaigns.
IWA representatives raised a variety of topics with the politicians, one of the more important being the proposed transfer of the Environment Agency’s rivers to the Canal & River Trust, which IWA supports and had been thought to be not far from a ministerial decision earlier this year; it has been put back on hold by the election.
Other topics raised included affordable moorings; the impact of HS2 on canals; restoration projects; and the reconvening of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Waterways. IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge said the Association was “pleased that so many MPs and peers were able to take time out of their busy schedules to drop in”, and IWA looked forward to “working with them in the future both nationally and locally”.
One thing that hasn’t changed with the new parliament is the identity of the Waterways Minister: Thérèse Coffey, member for Suffolk Coastal, retains the position.