Those of us who live within the city centre are directly affected by our canals. Now the Government wants them to become a charity.
Many of us live alongside them, others use them as aggreeable commuting routes, and they are great for exercising. And, of course, some live on them and use them for holidays.
Buried in the recent spending cuts announcement, the coalition Government confirmed that it wants British Waterways to become a charitable organisation, like the National Trust.
If you noticed this bit of small print, it may well have worried you – it certainly had that effect on me.
However there is some hope. It seems that the Inland Waterways Association has been active on this prospect for some time and believes that this could be a positive opportunity. You can read their views on their website by clicking on this link:-
(If you are unfamiliar with the Inland Waterways Association, it is a mouthpiece for the community of people involved with the canals, rivers and lakes. It’s not just for boaters! The rest of their website willl give you lots more about them.)
This change in BWs status looks like an important change and, what’s more, one that we can influence directly.
Do you want to become actively involved? And what would you want do?
What do you think?