Supplementary memorandum to Question 243
A NATIONAL NAVIGATION
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.
Upper Avon Navigation trust Council's Representative
22 November 2000