THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOAT OWNERS

Friday, April 28, 2017

Canal & River Trust

South Wales and Severn Spring Forum: 25th April 2017

Held in the village hall at Govilon, just below the Mon & Brec canal, this well-attended and (mainly) jovial meeting proved once again to be of value to the many people associated with this lovely canal. The meeting was led by very interesting reports on the extensive winter work programme that had been completed, on time, just before Easter and including much work addressing the various leakages along this very fragile canal.

CRT Increases Boat Licence Fees

The Canal & River Trust is today announcing that private and business boat licence fees will rise by 2.5% from 1 April 2017.  Having capped licence fees to inflation for the past three years, the 2017 increase anticipates next year’s prevailing inflation rate which is widely forecast to rise between now and next summer.

NE Waterway User Forum, Castleford, September 2016

NE Waterway User Forum, Castleford, 20th September 2016

I attended this meeting last night on behalf of NABO. I didn’t think it was quite as well attended as in previous years – around 45-50 in total including the numerous CRT staff. I suspect this may be down to the changed start time of 1700 instead of 1800 with some people still at work.

The meeting followed the pattern set in the last few meetings, with a number of set piece presentations, mainly by CRT, with no Q&A’s encouraged. Rather, there seems to be a keenness for attendees to take part in networking after the general presentations, which in my view is less than satisfactory. I may be in the minority, but, although networking has its place, I much prefer to hear  debate in open forum, whereas relying totally on networking means that inevitably many people don’t get their chance to put their point to CRT management.