The motion is not on the agenda for the AGM. The letter from CW notifying me of this contains some points of interest.
Canoe Wales wrote:Dear Pam
Thank you for submitting a motion for the 2017 AGM agenda.
After careful consideration, our interim Chairperson, David Wakeling, has declined to include your motion on the agenda.
However, we would like to respond to your concerns as we are keen to ensure that we operate the facility at Canolfan Tryweryn in the best interests of the paddling community and the general public. The facility fees charged at Tryweryn are for the use of the facilities on the site, but not passage on the water itself. We have a lease and management plan agreed with our landlords Natural Resources Wales which requires us to take responsibility for all river users and we are responsible for managing the estate appropriately. The site is part of the SSSI and River Dee Special Area of Conservation. Paddlers are welcome to enter the water from an alternative access point and pass through the site without paying the fee, but if they wish to use any of the facilities at Canolfan Tryweryn, then we are obliged by the terms of our lease to manage their activities, and in order to keep the centre viable and pay for the costs of managing the estate and for water releases, it is necessary to charge a fee.
Your motion suggests that the facility fee is inconsistent with our position statement – we do not believe this to be the case. Our position statement says the following: “That public or private rights to the use of waterways do not in themselves grant paddlers any rights to cross land to access those waterways.” We recognise that landowners have a right (and in our case, a responsibility) to manage their land and to charge for the use of their land where appropriate.
If you would like to discuss this further, there will be ample opportunity for a conversation with our directors at the dinner following the AGM – I’m sure they would be very happy to hear your thoughts and discuss the issues with you at that time.
With best regards