Joint Advisory Committee

The Grand Western Canal Joint Advisory Committee supports and encourages an active partnership between all the bodies with an interest in the management of the Grand Western Canal Country Park.

The management of the Grand Western Canal Country Park is undertaken by the Canal Ranger Service which is part of Devon County Council’s Public Rights of Way and Country Parks Team.

The Joint Advisory Committee provides the main mechanism for the collation of local views and co-ordination of advice relating to the management and maintenance of the canal. It provides an excellent forum for discussing canal matters and the advice it provides to Devon County Council in its management of the Canal is valuable and much appreciated.

The County Council aims to maintain and conserve for the future the integrity of the Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve as a peaceful, attractive and wildlife-rich corridor within which a range of suitable recreation activities may be enjoyed. It also seeks to promote and demonstrate good practice on this multi-interest site, providing opportunities for enjoyable visits by a variety of users in a way that also benefits local communities.

The Joint Advisory Committee is chaired alternately by Devon County Council and Mid Devon District Council members, for terms of one year. The committee meets twice a year – in October and March – and also has a Summer Site Visit.

Date of the next Canal Joint Advisory Committee Meeting:

Date: Tuesday 6th October 2020
Time: 7pm
Location: Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6PP

The public are welcome to attend and there is a public question time programmed at the start of each meeting.

Below is a list of the various organisations that are members of the GWC JAC. If you wish to contact any GWC JAC members a list of their contact details as well as agendas and minutes from previous meetings are available on the Mid Devon District Council website

Groups represented


Devon County Council  – Cabinet Member for Environmental and Community Services1
Devon County Council – Member for Tiverton East1
Devon County Council – Member for Willand and Uffculme1
Mid Devon District Council – Portfolio holder for Street Scene1
Mid Devon District Council – Members for Cranmore (3 councillors)3
Mid Devon District Council – Member for Halberton1
Mid Devon District Council – Members for Canonsleigh (2 councillors)2
Tiverton Town Council1
Halberton Parish Council1
Sampford Peverell Parish Council1
Burlescombe Parish Council1
Holcombe Rogus Parish Council1
Friends of the Grand Western Canal1
Devon Wildlife Trust1
Wildlife Advisory Group1
Inland Waterways Association1
Tiverton and District Angling Club1
Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society – NE Devon Branch1
Tiverton Sea Cadets1
Cycle England1
The Tiverton Canal Co.1
Mid Devon Moorings1
Canal Businesses Group1


Devon County Council – Public Rights of Way and Country Parks Manager0
Devon County Council – Canal Manager0
Mid Devon District Council – Director of Community Services0
Mid Devon District Council – Member Services Officer0


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