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DEFRA, the Government department responsible for waterways, has slashed the budgets of the organisations that manage our canals and rivers, and plans to impose further large cuts over each of the next five years. And it’s said to be happening because they’ve overspent their budget by over Â£200 million, and are now trying to recover it by cutting waterways funding.
The great fear is that cuts like this could quickly lead to neglect and that we could again lose the UK’s extensive working canal system. To lend your support and monitor the campaign’s progress check the website:
Here’s a sight you don’t often see: narrowboats involved in a protest against the DEFRA cuts. For more, see:
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