Economic impact of restoredwaterways: Lessons from GreatBritain    Glenn Millar, Economic Development Manager, British Wat...
Britain’s canals & rivers•   5,000 km of navigable waterways•   3,200 km under the control of British    Waterways•   2,00...
Public benefits of waterwaysEcosystems services delivered Economic Freight transport                                  Envi...
Waterways & businessSustainable tourism•      Historic inland waterways – USP for       Ireland & UK – generate inward vis...
Waterways & businessMarine industries•      Marinas•      Boat building & repairs / equipment       manufacture•      Boat...
Waterways & business Social economy Not-for-profit organisations delivering:- •    Training & skills / welfare-to-work sch...
Waterways & business Cultural & creative industries •     Inspiration from waterway heritage •     The arts – visual, musi...
Waterways & businessRegenerating waterway  corridors•   Enhanced residential property values•   Improved marketability of ...
Kennet & Avon Canalrestoration•140 km long waterway linking the R.Thameswith Bristol•Opened 1810•Closed to through navigat...
Kennet & Avon CanalImpacts – Tourism & recreationChange in activity 1995 - 2009•Increase in visits – 46% to 11 million p.a...
Kennet & Avon CanalImpacts – DevelopmentInvestment•£375 - £435 million in waterside developments by2005•Over 1,000 new res...
Droitwich Canals restoration•7.5 mile long canal focussing on the markettown of Droitwich (Worcestershire)•2 canals – Barg...
Droitwich Canals restoration                                           Netherwich Basin      Coney Meadow Reedbed      Loc...
Droitwich Canals restorationVisits•c2,500 boat movements p.a. forecast 2011-12•Towpath visits – 20-30% growth in visitsImp...
Some final thoughts•Have a clear vision – how the waterway relatesto the wider corridor•Capture people’s imagination – inv...
Some final thoughts•Identify linkages    − Complimentary projects / ideas    − New priorities for action – climate change;...
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Presentation given by Glen Millar, British Waterways at Clones Canal Conference 9/3/12

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Glen Millar Presentation

  1. 1. Economic impact of restoredwaterways: Lessons from GreatBritain Glenn Millar, Economic Development Manager, British Waterways
  2. 2. Britain’s canals & rivers• 5,000 km of navigable waterways• 3,200 km under the control of British Waterways• 2,000 km of abandoned / un-navigable Lowlands Canals waterways• Over 100 active restoration projects, at various stages of implementation Droitwich Canals Kennet & Avon Canal
  3. 3. Public benefits of waterwaysEcosystems services delivered Economic Freight transport Environmental Waterside regeneration Sustainable transport Business support & development Natural environment Social Cultural heritage Health & well-being Climate change Education & learning Social cohesion
  4. 4. Waterways & businessSustainable tourism• Historic inland waterways – USP for Ireland & UK – generate inward visitors• Based on natural / built heritage• Networking of businesses & attractions• Agricultural diversification• Localism – link to food & drink• Retention of rural services Canal Central, Shropshire •Shop & post office – local produce •Tearoom & internet café (broadband) •Accommodation – self-catering & camping
  5. 5. Waterways & businessMarine industries• Marinas• Boat building & repairs / equipment manufacture• Boating holidays – boat hire• Boat trips• Ancillary services – boat & equipment sales, insurance etc. Llangollen Mooring Basin •Opened 2004 – Cost £1.6m •£477,000 additional visitor spend p.a. •Supports 2 direct seasonal jobs + 16.5 FTE jobs in the wider economy
  6. 6. Waterways & business Social economy Not-for-profit organisations delivering:- • Training & skills / welfare-to-work schemes • Activities for young people • Health & well-being initiatives • Services for disadvantaged groups – disabled people, young offenders (probation) etc. • Canal works (incl. restoration) through volunteers Black Country Canals Future Jobs Project•Work experience, skills & training for 135 unemployed young people (16-24)•Value of work done on canals - £900,000 – through access improvements, vegetationclearance, rubbish removal & painting
  7. 7. Waterways & business Cultural & creative industries • Inspiration from waterway heritage • The arts – visual, music, film • Availability of workspace close to the canal • Clustering of creative industries Glasgow – Speirs Locks•Canalside cultural / arts quarter•Rehearsal studios – National Theatre /Scottish Opera•Artist studios•Arts link between Speirs Wharf & city centre
  8. 8. Waterways & businessRegenerating waterway corridors• Enhanced residential property values• Improved marketability of commercial properties• Market created for hospitality / retail sectors• Enhanced image of cities, towns & regions – attracting inward investment & jobs• Green infrastructure – for recreation & sustainable transport• Improved quality of life for local people
  9. 9. Kennet & Avon Canalrestoration•140 km long waterway linking the R.Thameswith Bristol•Opened 1810•Closed to through navigation 1955•Gradual re-opening over next 30 years•Re-opened in 1990. However re-opening notsustainable in the long-terms•£30 million scheme to secure the future of thecanal – supported by Heritage Lottery Fund•Canal officially re-opened 2003
  10. 10. Kennet & Avon CanalImpacts – Tourism & recreationChange in activity 1995 - 2009•Increase in visits – 46% to 11 million p.a.•Growth in visitor spend to £42 million p.a.•Growth in boats based on the canal – 39% to 1,400Businesses & employment•500 additional FTE jobs in tourism & recreation•700 tourism & recreation jobs safeguarded•Canal important for 46% of local tourism & recreationbusinesses
  11. 11. Kennet & Avon CanalImpacts – DevelopmentInvestment•£375 - £435 million in waterside developments by2005•Over 1,000 new residential units createdEmployment•2,700 new jobs in canalside offices, shops etc –mainly in ReadingSocial impact•91% of local people thought the canal made theirpart of England specialEcosystems services•£13.8 million value p.a., c/w £4.5 million in un-navigable state
  12. 12. Droitwich Canals restoration•7.5 mile long canal focussing on the markettown of Droitwich (Worcestershire)•2 canals – Barge Canal (1771) & Junction Canal(1854)•Abandoned 1939•Re-opened 2011, after £12.7 million restorationproject•Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, AdvantageWest Midlands, local authorities, BritishWaterways & charitable donations
  13. 13. Droitwich Canals restoration Netherwich Basin Coney Meadow Reedbed Lock 2 A449 Bridge Lock 1
  14. 14. Droitwich Canals restorationVisits•c2,500 boat movements p.a. forecast 2011-12•Towpath visits – 20-30% growth in visitsImpact on businesses – Water Festival 2011•25% growth in footfall at local shopping centre•Growth in sales – local businesses − Pubs 60-100% − Tea-room 80% − Delicatessen 50-60%Wider economic impact•Fall in benefit claimants 2010-11 (Wychavon) – 3.1%•Peter Luff (MP) – “Economic resilience is underpinnedby investments such as…the re-opening of theDroitwich Canals”
  15. 15. Some final thoughts•Have a clear vision – how the waterway relatesto the wider corridor•Capture people’s imagination – involve the localcommunity•Think about what the scheme will deliver – localimpact (jobs); wider ecosystems services•Monitoring & evaluation – build in from the start•Think about “hubs” for development – clusteringof activity•Think about the needs of businesses
  16. 16. Some final thoughts•Identify linkages − Complimentary projects / ideas − New priorities for action – climate change; economic recovery / resilience etc. − Agriculture – diversification & “greening”•Think “outside the box” − Falkirk Wheel – more than just a solution to an engineering problem
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