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London Waterways Commission

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The next meeting will take place on 21 September 2015 at 5pm in Committee Room 1 at City Hall.

Other 2015 meetings will take place on the following dates at 5pm in Committee Room 1:-

  • Monday 14 December


What is the London Waterways Commission?

We set up the London Waterways Commission to advise the Mayor on the implementation of  planning policies for the Blue Ribbon Network of waterways in the capital. This includes rivers, canals and other bodies of water. You can find out more about these policies in the London Plan.

The commission chair is Murad Qureshi AM and its members include London boroughs, statutory navigation authorities; voluntary sector and water amenity groups.


LWC Terms of reference

The terms of reference of the Mayor's London Waterways Commission are:

  1. To advise the Mayor on prioritised issues relevant to the Blue Ribbon Network.
  2. To co-ordinate activities in relation to the implementation of policies relating to the Blue Ribbon Network.
  3. To consider how the plans and programmes of the agencies represented on the commission align with the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Network policies and seek better alignment of these with the Mayor’s policies.
  4. To organise and oversee two London Waterways Commission stakeholder events.
  5. To consider matters relating to accessibility, transport, industrial, wildlife, landscape/design, culture, residential, leisure and any other relevant use of the Blue Ribbon Network.
  6. To advise on and if appropriate seek funding for research projects.
  7. To ensure that the research programmes of the members of the Commission are better co-ordinated and avoid duplication.
  8. To facilitate communication and integration of the work of the Commission across the GLA Group.

Current membership

Organisational representatives

  • Richard Rutter, Canal and River Trust
  • Simon Moody, Environment Agency
  • Robin Mortimer, Port of London Authority
  • Andrew Thompson, Transport for London
  • Gary Beckwith, Visit London
  • Deborah Leach, Thames21
  • Peter Finch, River Thames Society
  • Roger Squires, Inland Waterways Association
  • Pat Fitzsimons, Thames Estuary Partnership
  • Councillor Nick Draper, London Councils
  • Councillor Lynda Rice, London Councils
  • Roger Weston, West London River Group
  • Clare Collard , Thames Water
  • Adrian Evans, Thames Festival

Individual representatives

  • Del Brenner
  • Gerry Heward
  • Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Tom Bogdanowicz
  • Simon Robbins

Secretariat - GLA

  • Jorn Peters


London Waterway Commission meetings

All London Waterway Commission meetings are open to the public. They are held at City Hall.

You can access papers from the recent meetings below. If you would like papers/minutes from any previous meeting, please contact


London's Blue Ribbon Network

The Blue Ribbon Network is the name given to London’s rivers, canals, docks, reservoirs and lakes. It includes everything from the famous River Thames to London’s network of canals and smaller tributary rivers.

The network can be found in every London borough, 17 of which border the Thames. There are also 15 boroughs which host the canal network, while 24 boroughs have tributary rivers. See the Blue Ribbon Network map (PDF opens in new window).

We know these waterways are invaluable for  leisure, tourism, transport and biodiversity alike. To make the most of this value, we manage them as a network rather than in isolation.  The Mayor’s London Plan  has a series of policies (7.24 - 7.30) to make sure that the Blue Ribbon Network is used, protected, improved and contributes to a sustainable future for London.

The London Waterways Commission advises the Mayor on waterways issues.

The Blue Ribbon Network is managed by The Environment Agency, Port of London Authority and Canal and River Trust. Thames Water also operates in the network. All of these agencies are members of the London Waterways Commission.