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Government confirms new waterways body funding

Posted 1 February 2012
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Government confirms new waterways body funding
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Anglers who like to head down to their nearest river or canal with their fishing tackle may be interested in the confirmation by the government of a new development in the management of such waterways.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the replacement of the British Waterways quango by the Canal & River Trust, which will take over its responsibilities in April.

Environment minister Richard Benyon said the new charity will get over £1 billion in aid, commenting: "The Canal & River Trust will be a national trust for the waterways, maintaining and restoring 2,000 miles of heritage sites, wildlife habitats and open spaces." 

Grants will be used to help with tasks such as managing flood risks and maintaining canal towpaths.

The charity will not operate in Scotland, where waterways remain the responsibility of the state.

Ahead of assuming its new responsibilities, the Canal & River Trust recently launched a campaign to encourage people to become volunteer lock keepers to help maintain canals, an initiative backed by actor Brian Blessed.
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