Memorandum by The Central Council of Physical
Recreation (IW 31)
WATERWAYS FOR TOMORROW
The Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR)
is the national association of governing bodies of sport and recreation
in the United Kingdom. There are some 270 organisations in membership,
representing over 150,000 affiliated clubs supported by an estimated
1.5 million volunteers. The remit of the CCPR includes the promotion
and protection of sport and recreation in the UK.
The CCPR welcomes the document, especially as
it brings together all the agencies who provide essential "facilities"
for sport and recreation, arguably these facilities should be
given some status to ensure adequate funding and protection, something
that the document hints at. However, we await with interest in
the detail, as it is how the policies are delivered to the users
will indicate if the document has had an impact.
One area of concern in the document, was in
respect of the relationship between English Nature and British
Waterways. The document states that English Nature is willing
to discuss SSSIs with British Waterways. We would want to see
that is a statutory requirement for British Waterways to be consulted
before an area is potentially restricted to other users if given
SSSI or similar status. If this is not acceptable, then there
should be a process for consultation with the users at a national
and local level. Similarly, if a site has been given a form of
protected status, there should be mechanisms in place to review
the situation taking into account current practice and research.
In respect of access, we believe that access
should be available to all forms of sports and recreation. Legislation
should only be regarded as a last resort after it has been clearly
demonstrated that a management approach was unworkable.
The CCPR on behalf of its members would welcome
the opportunity to be involved with IWAAC in preparing the best
practice document as sport and recreation make a major contribution
to the use of the inland waterways and have many examples of good
Finally, in principle as we mentioned in our
introduction, the CCPR welcomes the document as enhanced facilities
increases the opportunities for people from all walks of life
to enjoy the countryside.
Secretariat Water Recreation Division
28 September 2000