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

Supplementary memorandum to Question 243 (IW 23B)


  Many small navigations (including some which are key sections of the network) only exist because they were restored, or preserved, by dedicated enthusiasts, sometimes with little support, or even hostility, from local national bodies: and/or they have never been in public ownership.

  Their current custodians maintain them (or continue to restore them) at little or no cost to the taxpayer. Some, understandably, guard their "ownership" personally. Despite the logic of it, some trustees, alas, will oppose any subordination to, or take over by, some new national authority.

  The Government should recognise the significant financial subsidy in kind to the national network, in the form of volunteer management and labour, materials, gifts and unclaimed expenses, from the small navigations.

Geoffrey Holroyde

Upper Avon Navigation trust Council's Representative on AINA

22 November 2000

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