Dear Readers, 

You may have already been advised that Phil Aspey has taken the decision to withdraw from the role of Chair of the BSS Advisory Committee after 8 years in the seat. As the highly regarded independent Chair, he has supported and upheld the principles of the BSS, has helped drive issues through Committees, and played a major role in ensuring the BSS was given well-rounded advice.  

Hopefully, there will be somebody equally as skilled (perhaps you reading this post) that can fulfill this role. The BSS Executive is looking for suitable people who would like to express an interest in taking on the role. Please see the below documents that will provide an overview of the role:

BSSAC Chair Replacement Role and Profile

BSSAC – Terms of Reference

BSSAC – Members’ Code

We have set a deadline of the afternoon of Monday 18 September 2023. Expressions should be sent following the format in the attached document by email.

Subject line: BSSAC Chair Expression of Interest in the role.

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Kind regards,

BSS Secretariat

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Strawberry Island Boat Club Open Day 15/17th September

Strawberry Island Boat Club

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The Canal & River Trust’s Response to the New Government Grant Review Announcement

The Canal & River Trust has some important news to share with you about the future of the nation’s canals – you may have already seen it in the press or wider communications in the past few days.  

Our much-loved canal network, which is so important to us in different ways, relies on funding from multiple sources: government grants being one of them.

Earlier this week the Government announced a new funding settlement, spanning from 2027 to 2037, to follow on from our current grant agreement. Whilst we welcome this further long-term commitment to the nation’s historic waterways, the amount awarded represents a steep reduction in funding of over £300 million in real terms over a ten-year period. A reduction that will have devastating consequences.

Such a drastic decrease will inevitably result in a decline of the overall condition of our waterway network, and, alarmingly, the possibility of canal closures. It puts at risk invaluable natural habitats, historic infrastructure, and cherished public spaces.

That’s why we’re reaching out to you, our passionate and engaged boating community, to join us in our mission to #KeepCanalsAlive.

Please take action by emailing your local MP.  

Tell your local MP how much you care about the canals and why they need to be funded properly. Urge the Government to reconsider its decision and protect our waterways for the future.

It only takes a few minutes to do this using our simple online tool. Just click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you’re a continuous cruiser your local MP can be considered as the one who represents the constituency where your mail is delivered.

Email your MP
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Annual Statistics from the CRT Safety Records

A review of CRT’s records of incidents for 2022 identifies two areas in particular we
should be wary of.

Out of 93 total incidents recorded 63 were categorised as; Fire/Explosion (including ‘immediate risk of’), 22 for capsizing, grounding, stranding and sinking including lock hang-ups.

We wanted to share these statistics publically and reiterate we want all our boaters to be safe and ask you to take particular care in these circumstances.
Thanks for reading, and stay safe.
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Gas Supplier Calor Confirms it is Discontinuing Sales of their Small Gas Bottles

Calor has confirmed that it is to discontinue five of its smaller canisters from the 1st of February.

The cylinders being discontinued are Calor’s Cube, 3.9kg Propane, 4.5kg Butane, 6Lite Propane and 12kg Butane cylinders.

Many boaters use these smaller cylinders and have no reasonable means of fitting larger sizes safely. The managers of the Boat Safety Scheme recognise the risks if these cylinders are not available and are engaging with Calor regarding this. If you use these cylinder sizes currently please let The Boating Association know of the difficulties and risks you face by leaving a comment on this post.

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