The motorway in your head
Stella Ridgway urges boaters to slow down and enjoy the view
The Marple Flight reopened at the end of May, so we have been treated to a great deal more traffic as boaters cross Bugsworth Basin off their tick-list of places to go. We have noticed the speed and lack of boating etiquette that seems to have crept (or is that marched?) in over the last few years. When we moved aboard, the person we bought our boat from said: “you consciously need to slow down for the first three days as it takes that long to lose the motorway in your head”. We notice that with the boaters who are obviously on a schedule speeding past us. I think they don't even notice the views over the landscape, which are particularly stunning this year. I think they forget that it isn't just the destination; it's the journey that is as important. We hear boaters complaining about the shallowness of the canal, but they are trying to cruise at maximum speed. (As this was one of the last canals to be built in the North West, costs were key and it was built to an average depth of about a metre, so it isn't the deepest of canals). But if you go slowly and enjoy the scenery, it will be a much better experience for everyone.
Editor Peter Fellows considers the plastics problem.
I think most people would welcome CRT’s ‘Plastics Challenge’, launched in June. Visitors to the waterways are being asked to pick up one piece of litter to prevent the half-million plus pieces of plastic entering the sea from UK canals each year.
It is possible to access CRTs maps on mobile devices. These maps contain their information on assets and also show how towpath mowing should take place.
To see these, you will need an application called Explorer for ArcGIS. This is on both IOS and Android. Instructions are here:
CRT set the mowing plans by "regimes". There are four, colour coded blue, brown. red and yellow.
The Waterways Ombudsman Committee has announced the appointment of the new Waterways Ombudsman.
The new Ombudsman will be Sarah Daniel. Sarah, who is an experienced ombudsman and civil servant, was appointed by the Committee following an open competition.