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Publication Data – required under the Defra Grant Agreement

One of the obligations of the Grant Agreement is to publish annually the defined Publication Data which is set out in the table below.

Publication Data

MeasureDescriptionOutcome Result
Network Stewardship ScoreA combined measure of waterway functionality and public benefit as at 31 March 2023.142 (2022: 136)
Number of reported incidents involving customers relating to infrastructure failureThe numbers of injuries where an infrastructure defect was a significant contributory cause, for the year ended 31 March 2023.50 (2022: 56)
Number of reported incidents involving employeesThe numbers of injuries for the year ended 31 March 2023.133 (2022:129) total employee recorded injuries of which 6 (2022:13) were HSE Riddor reportable, 4 were “over 7 day” absences (2022: 10), 2 were major Injury (2022: 2) and 0 Deaths (2022: 1).
Percentage of waterway assets in Classes D and E*Based on Principal Asset condition grades. The Relevant Standard is for the aggregate of assets in classes D&E not to exceed 25% of the total.12.83% (2022: 12.85%)
Number of towpath visitors (based on annual survey data)Number of visits and visitors for the year ended 31 March 2023.  This is based on a survey of members of the public, expressed in millions.Total visits 888m (2022: 786m) Average visitors during a two-week period 10.3m (2022: 9.1m)
Number and duration of unplanned towpath closuresDefined as unplanned closures that are caused by asset or infrastructure failure for the year ended 31 March 2023.Number of closures 10 (2022: 11) Number of closure days 217 (2022: 281)
Percentage of towpaths in conditions A to C*The Relevant Standard is no less than 50% aggregate in conditions A to C.81.27% (2022: 81.39%).
Flood management*  
Percentage of principal culverts and embankments in classes D and EThe Relevant Standard is for the aggregate of flood management assets in classes D and E not to exceed 7% of the total flood management assets.0.51% (2022: 0.45%).
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)  
Percentage area of SSSIs under Trust management in favourable or unfavourable recovering conditionThe data is available only for sites in England and is obtained from Natural England. It covers a total of 701 (2022: 701) hectares of SSSI sites under the Trust’s management.Favourable 41.0% (2022: 41.1%) Unfavourable recovering 27.4% (2022: 27.4%)
Percentage of Heritage Assets assessed on completion of work as good or adequate with double weighting given to good assessmentsThis measure includes work on several assets that have heritage qualities and is not limited to waterway infrastructure assets only.98% (2022: 98.00%)
Volunteer participation  
Number of volunteer days contributed to the TrustNumber of volunteer days for the year ended 31 March 2023.90,323 days (2022: 84,816 days)
Trust owned housing forecast figuresBased on the property development activity on the Trust’s sites (including joint ventures) – actual for the year ended 31 March 2023 and forecast for the year ending 31 March 2024. (These figures also include development sites previously disposed of by the Trust. These are not formally monitored by the Trust and are reported on the basis agreed previously with the Homes and Communities Agency)2022/23:  1,823 (2021/22: 1,169) residential units completed. 2023/24: 1,686 units are under construction currently. A further 3,249 units are anticipated to commence construction before April 2024. Approximately 3,165 units are forecast to be completed in 2023/24.

* All Principal Waterway Assets are measured and categorised according to condition. A structure in condition A is in a good state of repair and one in condition E is in a bad condition. Embankments and culverts are included within the definition of Principal Assets but towpaths are dealt with as a separate category and are graded according to condition grades from A to E where A is described as very good and E is bad. There is a separate measure of the condition of Flood Management related assets. Together these comprise the Relevant Standards for the purpose of the conditional element of the Defra Grant. The information in the table above demonstrates that the Relevant Standards have been met for the period to 31 March 2023 and accordingly the Trust will apply for payment of the conditional portion of the Defra Grant funding for the year ending 31 March 2023.

The Network Stewardship Score is a combined measure of functionality of, and the public benefit delivered by the waterway network. The baseline index was set at 100 in 2008 and it is calculated annually based on a range of indicators, with good performance being reflected by higher results.

The heritage asset measure in the table below covers both the waterway assets categorised as Heritage Assets in the Trust's accounting policies as well as operational and investment properties that have heritage qualities.

Last Edited: 25 June 2024

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