Monday, 9 January 2012

The CRT

The CRT is not far away. Come April whether or not it is the right thing to do we will have the CRT like it or not. I am absolutely amazed that the IWA which has been a stalwart of the waterways for 60 years does not have a place on the trust automatically. They along with other boating organisations, RBOA, NABO etc have to fight for one of the 4 Private Boaters seats. Should they win those seats the private boater will effectively be outside the CRT. The IWA is not about boaters it is about the waterways. Boaters who provide 13% of one income pot will have no influence on the CRT whilst walkers, cyclists, neighbours? who provide nothing to the pot get 4 seats along with anglers, donors and ’other supporters’ who ever they are. Were it not for the IWA The Board of BW would be car park attendants. How British Waterways (new name Canal and River Trust) can ignore the work of the IWA fills me with wonder. It would be a bit like the Dutch government ignoring the boy whose finger in the Dyke saved Holland from sinking into the sea. BW have over the years done some very daft things but this . . . . . . .!

   

Elected

Nominated

Total

1

Private Boating

4

1

5

2

Boating Business

2

-

2

3

Volunteers

-

(1)*

1

4

Other Supporters – walkers, anglers, cyclists, neighbours, donors, etc

-

(4)*

4

5

Employees

1

 

1

6

Historic Environment

-

2

2

7

Natural Environment

-

2

2

8

Local Government

-

2

2

9

Local Partnerships Chairs (including Museums and all Wales Partnerships)

-

-

13

ex-officio

10

Co-options

-

3

3

Initial Total

-

-

35

* to convert to elected members once electoral roll database developed

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