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Waterways consultation may interest fishing tackle users

Posted 31 March 2011
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Waterways consultation may interest fishing tackle users
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Anglers who like to head down to their local river or canal with fishing tackle may wish to take part in a public consultation about how such locations are managed.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is offering people the chance to have their say on the kind of charity that will take the place of British Waterways, one of the quangos set for the axe from the government.

Environment minister Richard Benyon said: "Creating a new charitable body for waterways will give people the chance to have a greater say in the running of their local canal or river."

This could help anglers ensure their interests are looked after, alongside those of other leisure users such as those who like to go walking along the banks of rivers and canals.

Defra is launching the consultation after running into heavy public opposition recently over plans to privatise England's Forestry Commission land, a plan abandoned by secretary of state Caroline Spelman.

A panel has since been devised to formulate future forest policy.
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