An excellent and supportive response from Duncan Hames, Liberal Democrat candidate for Chippenham, the ward that includes Bradford-on-Avon.
and his covering letter;
Subject: PUBLIC CONSULTATION RESPONSE ON DEVELOPING LOCAL MOORING STRATEGIES 2009
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 21:53:03 +0000
Please see attached my response to British Waterways’ public consultation on developing local morring strategies (2009) which ends tonight.
I concluded with the thought that British Waterways need to remember that the canal is not just some asset to be sweated for financial return, but first and foremost a home, a setting for family life, and every bit the foundation for a community as any land-based settlement. In so doing, it should have regard for the Human Rights Act, and the consequences these proposals would have for people seeking to sustain home, family, education, and working lives from the canal. If BW needs to generate income to maintain the canals, the fair way to do this is through annual licence charges and not to target specific groups of canal users on certain stretches of canal. This would also be a more predictable and reliable way to raise funds.
If you have any questions arising from my comments, please feel free to contact me using the information below.
Prospective MP for the Chippenham constituency
357 The Walk, Holt, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6RR
email@example.com – 07711 526879
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