CRT has begun the first phase of its three-stage consultation on how boats are licensed on its waterways, using the independent charity specialising in public engagement, Involve. In stage one; representatives of the main boating organisations are being interviewed to find their views on how the consultation should work and what it should cover. In the second stage, from April, a series of in-depth workshops will be held with boaters who reflect the diversity in the boating community. The final stage will consult all boat owners to find their views on the options developed during the first two stages. The aim is to find the fairest and simplest boat licensing system to address the financial contribution made by different types of boats. Ian Rogers, customer service and operations director at CRT, said: “The current licensing system has been in place for over 20 years. Boating has changed a lot in that time and the Trust wants to ensure the licensing structure is fit for purpose. Feedback from boaters suggests that many feel the current licensing is overly complex and can be perceived as unfair, and this consultation seeks to discuss these areas of concern.” See https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/national-consultations for how to get involved.
We have received a consultation document concerning the Middle Level Commissioners proposals to revise the legislation relating to the Middle Level River system and their functions as the Navigation Authority. NABO will comment formally in due course but comments to us or directly are invited.
The document can be read here.
The Middle Level Commissioners' web site is here
CRT have just reported on the recent Towath Usage consultation.
In March we began consulting nationally on our Sharing Towpaths project and asked people to provide feedback by completing a short survey.
A total of 2,148 people completed the online survey, we had 88 responses to our sharing towpaths email address and three workshops were held with stakeholders, local authorities, and partners.
A wide array of feedback representing diverse interests was received and this is summarised in the Sharing Towpaths Outputs report (saved here)
In addition to the report we have also made available the individual comments and responses received to both our online survey and email address.
The responses are now shaping our new Towpath Code and policy which will hope will encourage considerate sharing of towpaths by everyone. The Towpath Code will guide the enjoyment of our 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales and is expected to be launched in Autumn 2014.
You can read the summary report and other papers here
NABO comment will be in the next NABO News due out in later September
A quick reminder that CRT's consutation on Sharing Towpaths closes on 2nd May.
Please boaters all, make your views clear. Perhaps we would like a share too?
The consultation can be found here.
One Direction in Braunston?
No, not the five-piece boy band that won the X-Factor, but CRT’s announcement to consult on a proposal to ease congestion at one of the waterways most popular locations. The capacity of the canal would be doubled in the summer months by making traffic travel in the same direction between Napton and Norton Junctions: north to south on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the reverse direction on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The plan would not operate on Sundays to allow weekenders to get back to their marinas, nor during the winter months. The proposed scheme has received a cautious welcome from NABO, with Gen. Sec. Richard Carpenter commenting: “Anything that relieves congestion in this area is to be welcomed”. However, CRT has already had protests from the local branch of the IWA, one of whom was quoted as saying: "Boaters wishing to travel between Napton and Norton Junctions will have a journey of nine miles with six locks on some days and on others a journey via Leicester of 107 miles and 94 locks - the scheme is madness." The consultation runs for three months from April and your views can be made online.