Skip to main content

Public Footpaths

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will bring forward funding to enable British Waterways to undertake (a) necessary maintenance of its grade D and grade E assets and (b) projects to improve the standard of towpaths to create a national towpath network; (256123)

(2) if he will estimate how many (a) employment and (b) training opportunities a programme of maintenance and towpath network improvement undertaken by British Waterways would provide.

£5 million has been brought forward from 2010-11 and will contribute towards British Waterways’ maintenance of its grade D and E assets.

An estimation on the number of employment and training opportunities the creation of a national tow path would bring, depends on the scale of the programme. DEFRA is considering a range of possible proposals to support the economy and environment.