River Access for Canoeists
A key concern of CLA members, in particular those with fishing interests, is the campaign for a blanket statutory right of navigation for canoeists and other non-motorised craft on rivers in England and Wales.
The British Canoe Union and the Welsh Canoeing Association are both campaigning for a ‘Right to Row'.
The Envrionment Agency (EA) is the lead Government agency on this issue.
Voluntary Access Agreements are negotiated between canoeists and riparian owners. Guides to the process are available here.
The view of the CLA is that voluntary agreements are the best way forward.
There are numerous competing interests on access to rivers - including those of farmers, fishermen and environmental interests.
We believe that partnerships between local people, landowners and organisations achieve the kind of waterway access that everyone needs.
The CLA wants everyone to get out and enjoy the countryside. But privacy issues must be taken into account - especially where public river access might run alongside private homes and gardens.
Canoe Agreement a Blueprint to Sensible Access Say Landowners
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) welcomes the Environment Agency's (EA) announcement of voluntary access agreements as the way forward for providing access for canoeing.
"The pilot project for voluntary canoe access in the Waveney Valley, one of four across England, shows just what can be achieved when different interests work together,” says David Fursdon CLA President.
“We are delighted that the EA has concluded voluntary access to rivers is the best way forward. The results from the pilot study also show that a blanket approach to access is unnecessary."
Public Rights of Way can have an impact on the management of land. The CLA is actively involved in protecting landowner and rural business interests.
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Sarah Slade MRICS
A chartered surveyor with responsibility for CLA policy on public rights of way and access issues. Provides advice to members on issues arising from public access to the countryside.
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