Pressing MP for improved access - The Evesham Observer

Pressing MP for improved access

Evesham Editorial 11th May, 2019   0

MEMBERS OF Pershore Riverside Centre met with town MP Harriett Baldwin to lobby for improved river access.

Current legislation means some rivers and their banks are owned by individual land owners and there are sometimes arguments with people trying to fish stretches of water where canoeists and kayakers are also present.

During the meeting, Mrs Baldwin chatted to local group representatives and agreed to raise the matter with her colleagues in Westminster.

“I visited the Pershore Riverside Centre a couple of years ago to open the extension and it’s a great place for people to come together, enjoy wonderful facilities and get some fresh air and exercise,” she said.

“West Worcestershire is blessed with three rivers running through it and I welcome all efforts to allow more people to make more use of this natural resource,” he said.

The centre has been run as a charity since 1995 and provides positive activities for all who want to join in and support and guidance for those that need it most.

Historically the operations, staff and building costs were paid for by County Council. However, all youth support has been victim to the cuts, and now the centre is a 100 per cent stand alone and has to generate all its own funding from activities such as paddle boarding on the river and donations.

“I understand legal anomalies mean there are sometimes points of conflict between people wanting to paddle on the river and people wanting to fish in it,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“I have written to the Government asking Ministers to look into this matter and see if there is a way that we can find a suitable compromise.”

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