Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by The Central Council of Physical Recreation (IW 31)


  The Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR) is the national association of governing bodies of sport and recreation in the United Kingdom. There are some 270 organisations in membership, representing over 150,000 affiliated clubs supported by an estimated 1.5 million volunteers. The remit of the CCPR includes the promotion and protection of sport and recreation in the UK.

  The CCPR welcomes the document, especially as it brings together all the agencies who provide essential "facilities" for sport and recreation, arguably these facilities should be given some status to ensure adequate funding and protection, something that the document hints at. However, we await with interest in the detail, as it is how the policies are delivered to the users will indicate if the document has had an impact.

  One area of concern in the document, was in respect of the relationship between English Nature and British Waterways. The document states that English Nature is willing to discuss SSSIs with British Waterways. We would want to see that is a statutory requirement for British Waterways to be consulted before an area is potentially restricted to other users if given SSSI or similar status. If this is not acceptable, then there should be a process for consultation with the users at a national and local level. Similarly, if a site has been given a form of protected status, there should be mechanisms in place to review the situation taking into account current practice and research.

  In respect of access, we believe that access should be available to all forms of sports and recreation. Legislation should only be regarded as a last resort after it has been clearly demonstrated that a management approach was unworkable.

  The CCPR on behalf of its members would welcome the opportunity to be involved with IWAAC in preparing the best practice document as sport and recreation make a major contribution to the use of the inland waterways and have many examples of good practice.

  Finally, in principle as we mentioned in our introduction, the CCPR welcomes the document as enhanced facilities increases the opportunities for people from all walks of life to enjoy the countryside.

Peter Hart

Secretariat Water Recreation Division

28 September 2000

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