Consultation and funding - a lack of both for some
Editor Peter Fellows compares navigation authorities
Following the complaints throughout last year over lack of vegetation management on the South Oxford Canal, it is good to see that CRT is spending the winter putting the situation right. And it is also good that CRT is consulting widely on a proposal by Birmingham City Council to pay for widening of the towpath through Edgbaston Tunnel. This would reduce the width of the canal, enforcing one-way passage of boats through the tunnel. In NABO’s view, it is totally unacceptable to compromise the navigation in this way and disadvantage boaters (who pay for the waterways’ upkeep) for the benefit of speeding cyclists (who pay nothing) and who could simply be told to dismount and walk through the tunnel.
‘Peer-to-peer’ boat rentals
Mark Tizard examines some of the implications of CRT’s proposed new licence category currently under review.
In recent years, it has become increasingly common to read of boats available to rent in Central London and on the Kennet and Avon Canal, and the practice is spreading to other areas. Yet, to obtain a licence to rent a boat out to others, you currently need a hire-boat licence and a hire-boat level boat safety certificate. It is also a stipulation that the boat must have a home mooring.
NABO Chair Stella Ridgway offers some tips for liveaboards
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. We certainly did, as my eldest daughter surprised me by arriving from New Zealand for an extended visit on Christmas Eve. As you can imagine when you are surprised like that, there were many tears, hugs and laughter plus lots of catching up; online is good, but nothing like physically seeing someone.
I am sure you will share my sadness to hear that Louis Jankel passed away on 13th December. I have only known Louis for the past three years, but soon came to realise how very passionate he was about our wonderful Thames and related waterways – not only always willing to challenge EA and others responsible, but rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in. A deeply committed and religious man, he set the highest of standards and was always true to himself and those he represented. He will be so missed. With much sadness. Mike Rodd
Hilary and I were saddened to hear the news that Fi is no longer with us. I last met up with her and John when they visited the Pocklington Canal in ‘Epiphany’ and Fiona went on to write a useful and definitive section about the canal in her Book ‘North Yorkshire Waterways’, published by Richlow in 2011, which is a valuable addition to my bookshelf.
I remember her enthusiasm for everything around her, and have enjoyed reading her daily writings, accompanied by her many photographs, in the daily blog about their many years of cruising the inland waterways. Fiona was a shining example of how to overcome adversity caused by ill health and she set a marvellous example to everyone who may be fighting a similar battle. It is a sad loss and our thoughts go out to John, Craig and the rest of the family at this difficult time. Howard and Hilary Anguish