Michael Fabricant has initiated a debate in the House of Commons on the future of Britain’s canals and waterways. He is chairman of the Waterways All Party Parliamentary Group and the debate will be opened by Michael at 9.30am on Tuesday 22nd November.
“The Canal and River Trust are responsible for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers as well as infrastructure including 71 reservoirs and over 2,700 listed buildings. Much of these are over 200 years old and have to be maintained to preserve their safe operation” says Michael. “Regardless of whether you are a boater or just like walking along canal towpaths and enjoying the wildlife, our canal system is the envy of the world. Nine million people live within a 10-15 minute walk from an inland waterway and 83 per cent of them agree that these waterways are important to their area.
“But funding for these waterways is under threat. The Trust’s fifteen year grant expires in March 2027 and the grant is overdue for renewal. I shall be asking ministers to confirm the future of our waterways and towpaths. We cannot allow them to fall into disrepair.”