Cumbria RDT Policy on Environment and Access
- Cumbria Regional Development Team will promote responsible and sustainable shared use of our waterways in line with British Canoeing’s Policies on Access and Environment.
- We will continue to develop / strengthen relationships with agencies and others involved in waterways and environmental matters.
- We shall periodically review access agreements and arrangements with a view to maintaining or establishing responsible, sustainable shared use of our waterways.
- We will respond to any issues which may threaten access on our waterways.
Delivery of Policy
- Delivery of Cumbria RDT's Policy on Environment and Access will be the responsibility of its Regional Waterways Adviser.
- British Canoeing periodically reviews its Position Statement on Access and updates appear on the British Canoeing website.You can find these here.
- The RDT will continue to develop / strengthen relationships with agencies and others involved in waterways and environment. This includes, for example, Environment Agency, Rivers Trusts, Catchment Partnerships, LDNPA, United Utilities and others. This is being done at both Regional (with National Officer support) and National levels.
- Periodic reviews of current and historic Access Agreements and Access Arrangements will consider alignment, or lack of, with British Canoeing’s Position Statement on Access and the broad principles of fair, responsible access and the currency of any environmental / conservation matters included in any Arrangements.
- Where existing agreements or arrangements are not deemed to be sufficiently aligned with British Canoeing's Position Statement then action will be taken as follows:
- Where no Agreement / Arrangement is in place – maintain the status quo, ensure that access is maintained and respond to any issues arising.
- Where Agreements are in place which differ significantly from BC Position Statement & principles, attempt to open discussion with appropriate agencies with support of National Officers in order to draft acceptable new Arrangements – i.e. adopting an “open door” policy.
- If progress is not made for whatever reason, formally withdraw from existing Arrangement, possibly producing an “Access Matters Advice” document (as for the Lune) while remaining open to further discussion and maintaining up to date information on environmental / conservation matters.
- The Regional Waterways Adviser will respond to any new issues as they arise seeking support from HQ as required.
- The RDT will make agreed local Access Arrangements & Agreements publicly available through the Cumbria Canoeists Website and Facebook pages and encourage local paddlers to self-regulate to these arrangements. Where there are known issues and sensitivities associated with access, or where historic agreements are no longer deemed to be appropriate and British Canoeing has agreed to withdraw from such Agreements, this information will be made available to paddlers.