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Thursday 23rd October


Good evening everybody

The IWA tell me that Charlotte Atkins, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands and a keen supporter of the waterways, has secured an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on the 28th October on the subject of

"The Inland Waterways and their Future Restoration".

As you are aware, BW is already moving away from restoration under government pressure to prioritise expenditure, and is being told just to maintain the existing system. In the long term the government appears to be drawing back from its previous commitment to expand the inland waterways and is currently reviewing its relationship with BW. This is an ideal opportunity for our waterway restoration issues and concerns to be properly aired.

A copy of the IWA's Briefing for MPs can be found at, please use it if you possibly can to contact yourLocal MP as a matter of urgency to see if they will attend or can contribute tothe debate.

David Pagett