Boat charges for owners on the inland waterways are set to rise despite the announcement of extra Government funding in the network.

The Environment Agency has secured an extra £2.75m in Government funding for Britain’s inland waterways by April 2005.

The money enables the EA to double its annual spending by more than £4m to £8.75m.

But the cash injection comes as the EA proposes to put up boat registration fees by 5.5% and mooring fees by 2.5% for 2005/6, prompting anger among waterway-user groups.

See the next issue of MBM for more on the controversy.