- January 13, 2020
- Posted by: OIA Admin
- Category: Member News
British Canoeing has launched a brand new website to support its groundbreaking campaign, Clear Access, Clear Waters, making it easier for all water users to get behind their ambition of fair, shared, sustainable open access.
Every day, people across the country are getting active outdoors – walking, swimming, paddling, camping and climbing – from the heart of our cities to the most far-flung parts of the great outdoors. But there is less than 4 per cent of rivers across England and Wales where recreational users such as paddlers and swimmers can participate without fear of confrontation or challenge. Access to over 96% of rivers has been disputed for more than 60 years and the situation is getting worse.
The website, clearaccessclearwaters.org.uk, will make it simpler for supporters to see how they can practically get behind it and play their part in making our waterways sustainable for future generations.
Ben Seal, Places to Paddle Manager for British Canoeing, said: “In the 12 months since the launch of the charter in Westminster, we have achieved a great deal in raising the profile of our campaign. We have built support with political parties, met with Ministers and energised the paddling community behind an aspiration for fair, shared access for all.
“It is 20 years since the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act granted access to our mountains and moors, now is the time we need paddlers, swimmers and ALL outdoor enthusiasts to help get behind our campaign, and really champion the case for fair, shared access on all our waters.”
“We need our supporters to lobby, shout, share and care and the new website is a tangible way for everyone, not just paddlers, who enjoy rivers and other waterways to get behind the campaign, by using the clearaccessclearwaters.org.uk website.”
The website features ways for supporters to get behind the campaign with an automated letter to your local MP which can be personalised with details of access issues in your own area. It also has information on how to organise a paddle clean up event with a helpful checklist.