Access to Inland Waters

Wales

On this page you should be able to find all the reference material you need, if you’re interested in the debate on access to inland waters in Wales. It’s work in progress so please keep checking for additions.

Please email admin@fisheries.org.uk… if you know of stuff that’s missing or, even better, if you can supply stuff that’s missing, or to report any broken links or other problems with the site.

Environment Agency Guidance on Voluntary Access Agreements

Agreeing Access to Water for Canoeing Jul 1999 (PDF 1.5MB)…

How to get permission to use new stretches of water (PDF 161KB)… EA online guidance 2009

Voluntary canoe access agreement - pilot Evaluation 2007 (PDF 240KB)…

Do you need an access agreement? (PDF 87KB)…

Who owns the land? (PDF 74KB)…

How to approach the landowner (PDF 161KB)…

Who else can help? (PDF 125KB)…

If the landowner disagrees (PDF 55KB)…

Risk assessment (PDF 442KB)…

Sample agreements (PDF 167KB)…


Effects of canoeing on fish stocks and angling

The oft-(mis-)quoted R&D Technical Report W266 (PDF 5.7MB)…  


Brighton Report (“A Strategic Plan for Water Related Recreation in Wales”)

Original report 2008 (PDF 2.6MB)…


Wye and Usk

CCW, EA and WUF Agreement for the implementation of the Wye and Usk Examplar Project (PDF 524KB)…

Wye Navigation Order…

EA publication “Wye Canoe?” (PDF 1.8MB)…

WUF website Navigation on the Upper Wye and Usk…  

WUF statement Dec 2013 on river access and navigation (PDF 290KB)…


Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee

Details of the WCA petition and Committee consideration…

Committee hearings (web pages include links to related papers; PDFs are transcripts of oral evidence only; TV links are to Senedd TV broadcasts):

24 Apr 2008  Web…  PDF 81KB…  TV…  

25 Jun 2008  Web…  PDF 108KB…  TV…  

6 Nov 2008  Web…  PDF 196KB…  TV…  

4 Dec 2008  Web…  PDF 177KB…  TV…  

27 Jan 2009  Web…  PDF 157KB…  TV…  

2 Mar 2009  Web…  PDF 263KB…  TV…  

23 Jun 2009  Web…  PDF 73KB…  TV…  

13 Jul 2010  Web…  PDF 56KB…  TV…  

Committee Report Apr 2009 (PDF 228KB)…

Annex A - Written evidence from Wales (PDF 1.4MB)…

Annex B - Written evidence from Scotland (PDF 190KB)…


Welsh Assembly Sustainability Committee

Assembly website for the Inquiry into Access to Inland Water in Wales…

Consultation letter (PDF 20KB)…

Responses received…

Witnesses who gave evidence (PDF 37KB)…

Committee hearings (web pages include links to related papers; PDFs are transcripts of oral evidence only; Senedd TV broadcast not available for hearing 21 Jul 2009 at RWS):

21 Jul 2009  Web…  PDF 200KB…  

24 Sep 2009  Web…  PDF 270KB…  TV…  

8 Oct 2009  Web…  PDF 218KB…  TV…  

5 Nov 2009  Web…  PDF 257KB…  TV…  

12 Nov 2009  Web…  PDF 258KB…  TV…  

3 Dec 2009  Web…  PDF 174KB…  TV…  

21 Jan 2010  Web…  PDF 242KB…  TV…  

28 Jan 2010  Web…  PDF 216KB…  TV…  

Committee Report Jun 2010 (PDF 491KB)…

Transcript of Assembly debate on the report 29 Sep 2010 (PDF 1MB)... (Begins half way down page 59.  Motion NDM4541 Kirsty Williams.)

Senedd TV broadcast of Assembly debate…  


Socio-Economic Stuff

EA Report 2001, Module A - Economic Evaluation of Fishing Rights (PDF 960KB)…

EA Report 2001, Module B - Indirect Economic Values Associated with Fisheries (PDF 919KB)…

EA Report 2007 - The economic impact of freshwater angling in England & Wales (PDF 1.3MB)…

EA Report 2009 - Economic evaluation of inland Fisheries (PDF 3.2MB)…

Fishing For Answers - The Final Report of the Social and Community Benefits of Angling Project (PDF 2MB)…

An Appreciation of the Social and Economic Values of Sea Trout in England and Wales 2006 (PDF 179KB)… by P O’Reilly and GW Mawle in “Sea Trout: Biology, Conservation and Management: Proceedings of First International Sea Trout Symposium, Cardiff, July 2004”

Angling Research Resources… A website providing a one-stop shop for you to access free angling research material

Angling Research… the website of the Social and Community Benefits of Angling Research Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and undertaken by Substance

European Anglers Alliance (EAA)… - webpage with details of socio-economic studies throughout Europe

Rod licence sales 2010-11 (PDF 48KB)…

Details of Water Sports Grants 2008-09 to date:

Excel spreadsheet (188 KB)…  

PDF (221 KB)…  


SACC - Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru

Website…


Angling Trust

Website…

Position statement (PDF 129KB)…

Press release 15 Nov 2013 re SACC…

Press release 20 Nov 2013 re trespass and canoe governing bodies…

“Conflict on the Riverbank” A dossier of evidence documenting the rise of unlawful canoeing, the role of the UK’s Canoeing Governing Bodies in blocking the England & Wales Governments’ policy of Voluntary Access Agreements and the impact on fisheries, anglers, angling clubs and riparian owners (PDF 1.6MB)…


Countryside Alliance

Website…

Report of Builth Meeting 15 Sep 2013…  

Article about outdoor activities survey…  


Canoe Wales

Website…

Time for Wales to Go With the Flow 2007 (PDF 660KB)…

Petition to Assembly Petitions Committee (PDF 56KB)…

Response to SusComm Report (PDF 386KB)…

Position statement (website) 2011…

Response to Angling Trust dossier “Conflict on the Riverbank”…


Welsh Sports Association

Members list…

News item on website…

Notes of a meeting 26 Sept 2013, attended by a WG official, of an “informal group of representatives from some of the Welsh Governing Bodies belonging to the WSA Outdoor Pursuits Group” (PDF 98KB)…


Canoe England

Position statement 8 Jun 2012 (PDF 45KB)…

Position Statement 21 Oct 2013 (PDF 281KB)…

Campaign statement on website (still there 8 Nov 2013)…

(In case they remove it) PDF of above campaign statement webpage (PDF 1.4MB)…


British Canoe Union

Website…


Rivers Access Campaign

A campaign funded by Canoe England. Website…


River Access For All

Website…


Action for Access

Website…


Rev Caffyn

Website…


Biddulph

Website…

Register of Asserted PRNs including correspondence…

Medieval Laws of Navigation, A King's Eye View, from the Patent Rolls…

Failed case on the Dove:

Claim (PDF 2.8MB)…

Defence (PDF 620KB)…

Outcome…


Canoe Forums

UK Rivers Guidebook (Paddlesports):

Wales - South…  

Wales - North…  

Song of the Paddle - Access…  


BBC website article and British Canoe Union / Angling Trust exchanges

BBC website article 12 Jul 2013…

BCU response to article (PDF 166KB)…

AT letter to BCU 26 Jul 2013 (PDF 1.7 MB)…

AT website article 29 Jul 2013…

BCU response to AT 7 Aug 2013 (PDF 103KB)…


Conservative AMs’ meeting in Denbigh 6 Dec 2013

Announcement and pre-meeting online discussion…



WAG Workshops Feb 2011

Workshop invitation (PDF 76KB)…

Workshop programme (PDF 84KB)…

Facilitators’ feedback (PDF 99KB)…

Output from Corwen workshop (PDF 186KB)…

Output from Brecon workshop (PDF 182KB)…


Minutes of WAG Round Table / WRMAG Meetings

Round Table Jan 2008 (PDF 24KB)…

Round Table Jan 2010 (PDF 19KB)…

Sub Group Mar 2010 (PDF 19KB)

Sub Group May 2010 (PDF 16KB)…

Sub Group Jun 2010 (PDF 15KB)…

Sub Group Jul 2010 (PDF 17KB)…

Round Table Jul 2010 (PDF 17KB)…

WRMAG Mar 2011 (PDF 23KB)…

WRMAG May 2012…


CCW / NRW Guidance

Online access map…

Canoeing Code (PDF 950KB)…


Brighton Review of VAAs funded by SPLASH

Review 2012 (PDF 1.5MB)…


Welsh Assembly

Assembly Members (AMs)…

About Assembly Committees…

List of Assembly Committees…


Assembly Members’ Cross Party Group on Waterways

Website…

Minutes of meeting 9 Oct 2013 (PDF 128KB)…

Agenda for meeting 4 Dec 2013 (PDF 99KB)…


Welsh Government

Cabinet and Ministers…

Cabinet Members…

Cabinet Statements… (nothing there about access to inland waters)

Programme for Government…

Creating an Active Wales (PDF 2MB)…

Planning Policy Wales Technical Advice Note 16: Sport, Recreation And Open Space…

Wales Fisheries Strategy 2008 (PDF 1.8MB)…

Page 32 “A huge number of visits are made to Wales by anglers from elsewhere each year, with in excess of 700,000 angling visits in 2004/5 alone. These visiting anglers provided a benefit to the wider economy not just angling based businesses (bait and equipment shops) but also pubs, restaurants and local amenities.”

Page 39 “For recreational freshwater anglers, the value of tourism angling to Wales is now estimated to be well over £100m. The results of the economic success of Fishing Wales have shown that the marketing work generates £80 for Wales for every £1 spent on marketing – more than other tourism related activities.”

Consultations…  


Statements by/for the Minister for Culture and Sport

Ministers’ response to the SusComm Report Aug 2010 (PDF 161KB)…

Minister’s letter 2 Jun 2012 (PDF 24KB)…

Minister’s letter 5 Jan 2013 (PDF 68KB)…

Minister’s letter 6 Feb 2012 (PDF 24KB)…

Minister’s speech at Waterways Conference Jun 2013

Minister’s letter 5 Jul 2013 (PDF 22 KB)…

Minister’s speech at Royal Welsh Show Jul 2013

Review of Access and Outdoor Recreation Legislation (web statement 5 Sep 2013)…  

Minister’s letter 13 Oct 2013 (PDF 32KB)…

WG letter 16 Oct 2013 (PDF 26KB)…


WG Workshops Sep 2013

Invitation to Builth event (PDF 13KB)…  

Lists of those invited to Builth event (PDF 12KB)…

Discussion document (PDF 43KB)…

Presentation by Head of Outdoor Recreation Policy at Builth workshop (PDF 464KB)…

Documents published on WG website Dec 2013…

Developing integrated legislation for outdoor recreation (PDF 204KB)…

Builth workshop attendees (PDF 52KB)…

Builth workshop feedback (PDF 344KB)…

Cardiff workshop attendees (PDF 74KB)…

Cardiff workshop feedback (PDF 307KB)…

Conwy workshop attendees (PDF 47KB)…

Conwy workshop feedback (PDF 275KB)…


Questions to the Culture and Sport Minister

1 Oct 2013

Agenda…  

Record of Proceedings…  

Senedd TV broadcast…  

5 Nov 2013

Agenda…

Record of Proceedings…

Senedd TV Broadcast…


Assembly Legislation

Introduction…  

Legislative Competence - The Assembly is able to make laws on the subjects set out in Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006…  

Guide to the Legislative Process…  

Progress of Assembly Bills…