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[17 DEC 98] WARWICKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST PRESS RELEASE
New Developments In Navigation Saga

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust today, welcomed an admission by, the Upper Avon Navigation Trust that their proposals for field commercial navigation of the Leam and Avon Rivers need a complete Environmental Assessment.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Campaign for the Leam and Avon Rivers (CLEAR) have been seeking an assurance from UANT that they, will undertake a full assessment of the implication of their scheme. UANT had intended to just assess the impacts of the section from the Grand Union Canal at Radford Semele via the Leam to Warwick, even though they have made it clear that their goal is the link from Radford Semele all the way to Stratford upon Avon. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust was, however, amazed that UANT have asked it to help fund their assessment.

Andrew Thompson, the Trust's Conservation Manager, said:

"UANT are putting forward a 9 million development proposal to create a navigable route along a very environmentally sensitive section of the rivers Avon and Leam. It is astonishing that they are not able or willing to fund the full environmental impact assessment that is required by the legislation."

He added:

"They should either carry out the full assessment, or withdraw their proposals and remove the threat to the thousands who use and enjoy the rivers as they are. UANT's efforts would be much better directed at enhancing boat users enjoyment of Warwickshire using the existing canal system."
   

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