New charity to take control of English and Welsh canals and waterways

"The government opened a consultation on Wednesday to decide the future of English and Welsh inland waterways, and to discuss how the countries' canals and rivers should be managed.

A new charity is to be set up as part of the transfer of control of the network from British Waterways and the Environment Agency. The transfer is a key part of the government's promised abolition of quangos, which has also seen the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) abolish a large proportion of its arms-length bodies."

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