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Waterways body welcomes own abolition

Posted 15 October 2010
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Waterways body welcomes own abolition
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The quango responsible for maintaining rivers and canals in Britain has welcomed a plan to replace it with a body operating along the lines of the National Trust, which may benefit those who like to head to their nearest watercourses with their fishing rods.

A new charitable organisation will take over the role of British Waterways as the latter is among the 192 quangos to be axed in a government shake-up.

British Waterways' chairman Tony Hales said the "enthusiasm" of Britons for preserving canals, docks and rivers in good condition has been a key part of the progress made by the quango.

"Moving the waterways from public ownership into a charitable body recognises the need to build on that enthusiasm and marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their 250-year history," he added.

Neither the Norfolk Broads Authority nor any of the National Park Authorities will be axed or merged as their roles are considered too important, which means those fishing in these areas will deal with the same regulatory bodies as before.

Posted by Dan Mirza