EVENT | Canal & River Trust – East Midlands Waterway Forum South

You are all invited to the annual Waterway Forum for the south of the East Midlands, which is going to be held at the following time, date and location:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

University of Northampton Waterside Campus – Senate Building
University Drive
Northampton NN1 5PH
United Kingdom

For the forums held in Newark and Leicester please see the links at the bottom of this notice.

The link to make a Free reservation to this event: https://bit.ly/37iy9BD

This is an opportunity for you to work together with all the users and interested parties to discuss our priorities, promote the use of the network and improve the services that they offer. They want to include as many representatives from across the community as they possibly can, from walking groups to canal societies, local businesses, boaters, boating groups, and everything in between. So, if you have an interest in any of our canals, rivers or towpaths they would love to see you there.

Members of staff from various regional teams, as well as some of their national colleagues will be attending the forum so whatever you would like to discuss, there will be someone that can help. There will also be tea, coffee and biscuits provided throughout the evening.

To try and make the best possible use of the time they have available and to make sure they have all the information needed to answer your enquiry properly, they would like to ask attendees to the forum to refrain from raising specific local issues and instead report these to their customer service team at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk or by calling them on 0303 040 4040.

This forum covers the central part of our region, including the Erewash Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, River Soar and Ashby Canal. There will also be two other forums held for the north and southern areas in the region, and these can be found by following the links below.

North – Newark (River Witham, Fossdyke Canal, River Trent, Nottingham & Beeston Canal, Upper Trent)


Central – Leicester (Erewash Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, River Soar and Ashby Canal)


Please register your interest before the 19th March 2020 to secure your place and for more information. They look forward to seeing you there!


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CRT Council Private Boating Representatives voting |REMINDER|

Canal & River Trust: Election of 4 Private Boating Representatives to

If you are eligible to vote you should have received an email with the above heading. If you believe you are eligible to vote but have not received your email yet please check your junk email folder. Alternatively, please contact council@canalrivertrust.org.uk

This is your opportunity to make sure river and estuary boaters are better
represented this can be achieved by placing your Chairman, Jon Skinner at the number 1 position of the 4 candidates you must vote for.

Please vote before you forget, As the deadline for voting ends February 14th.

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Boston Lockkeepers: New Phone Number

Boston lock CRT have provided their lockkeepers with a new phone number, which is the following: 07387050967

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Make Sure You Are Represented: Council Private Boating Representative Voting


Some members of the council are due for renewal in 2020. Importantly to The
Boating Association members this includes 4 private boating representative
posts. Nominations for these posts have already closed, with 34 hopeful

The timetable for voting commences on 20th January and closes on 14th
February. If you are a boat licence holder YOU are eligible to vote and will
receive an email from CRT with a unique pin number and access details to the
voting portal. Voting is only conducted online and via this portal.

Eligible voters will each have a single transferable vote, meaning you
place your choices in your order of choice i.e. first choice number 1,
second choice number 2 etc.

It is not compulsory to vote for all candidates, what is important is that
we all vote for your Chairman, Jon Skinner.

Historically river and river estuary users have been overlooked by CRT, in
fact it has been said that CRT think they only have canals.
To ensure we have representation and a voice please do not waste your vote
but ensure you vote for Jon.

Further Information is available at: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/how-we-are-run/the-council/council-elections-2019-20


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Input needed from hire operators and experienced hirers on the proposed changes to the Hire Boat Code

The AINA and British Marine have opened the public consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the existing published Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats, (Hire Boat Code).
The proposals are intended to refine the existing Hire Boat Code to include relevant changes to responsibilities, amendments to the technical standards and in the common principles for safe hire boating, as well as to introduce new definitions and alter some existing definitions.
The intent of the consultation is to more fully explore the proposed amendments – both from a cost perspective, a technical perspective and a feasibility point of view.
AINA and British Marine are seeking views of hire operators, licensing authorities and experienced hirers concerning the reasonableness and viability of each of the proposed changes and in order to identify any unintended consequences if the proposed changes were to be introduce.
The consultation starts today and ends at midnight on Monday 9 March 2020.
It can be accessed from the AINA website home page – https://www.aina.org.uk/ 
Comments can be made in the next twelve weeks using the consultation form on the AINA website.
It is important to note that the existing Code is a voluntary code, whilst the new Hire Boat Code is intended to be adopted as a mandatory licensing condition through the legislative framework of the individual licensing authorities and only in the circumstance where the licensing authority has the necessary legal powers and resources. Any implementation as a licensing condition will likely be subject to additional consultation.
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