The primary objective of the Southern Canals Association (the
“Association”) is to promote communication and the dissemination
of information between Canal Societies and similar bodies involved in
the restoration and preservation of canals and waterways in the south
of England and South Wales.
The Association recognises and supports the vitally important role
performed by the Inland Waterways Association (the “IWA”) in
representing the waterways movement in England and Wales and shall
maintain close links with the IWA at both national and local level.
The Association shall achieve its aims through the following
by providing a forum for communication between members with
particular reference to those members actively involved in the
restoration of canals and other inland waterways.
by encouraging collective political action directed at creating
a favourable climate of opinion towards the restoration of inland
by promoting discussion between its members on topics of direct
importance to the restoration and preservation of canals and
inland waterways including planning issues, navigation rights,
restoration methods, organisation and management issues and
by providing a focus for the pooling of knowledge, experience
and expertise in the restoration of canals and inland waterways.
Membership of the Association shall be open to all societies,
preservation trusts and similar bodies engaged in promoting the
restoration and preservation of canals and other inland waterways in
the south of England and Wales.
Membership of the Association shall not detract in any way from the
independence of member societies.
The Association shall hold three meetings in each year, two of
which shall be held in the spring and autumn when a waterway under
restoration is visited at the invitation of members, and one of which
shall take the form of an indoor winter seminar.
It is hoped that each member of the Association can be represented
at each meeting by one member of its main committee or governing body
and one other person with knowledge of policy making, management
and/or restoration matters.
Each meeting of the association shall be self supporting and
members shall ensure that hosts are suitably reimbursed for the costs
of providing accommodation, refreshments and administrative support.