The Floater October 2018

Marinas - Going, going, gone?

October 2018 - In the past week or two Canal& River Trust’s response to questions about whether it has sold BWML and its 18 marinas has changed from ‘We’ll tell you when it happens’ to ‘all I can say is we are in final discussions with a preferred bidder and an announcement about the disposal will be made in due course’.


October 2018 - It has become normal for Canal & River Trust to use it’s winter stoppage programme as a public relations opportunity and the press release kicking this off has just gone out – to be followed up with lock open days and more press releases, writes Alec Wood.

This year’s is interesting as it is the first since the Trust switched from being a navigation centred organisation to one focused on the amorphous concept of ‘wellbeing’ for all in a desperate, and possibly doomed, attempt to persuade am austerity obsessed government to part with more cash.

C&RT refuses to produce reports on Middlewich breach

October 2018 - Boaters have long had serious doubts about the Canal & River Trust explanation of the cause of the Middlewich Breach early this year, but when one of them asked for the reports to substantiate its claim that it was caused by paddles left up on the lock above the breach site the charity – recently given an award for openness – reiterated its claims but refused to supply the documents.

C&RT’s award for ‘Openness’ explored

October 2018 - It has been a week since the Canal & River Trust proudly announced it had ‘won the award in the charity category for Openness in Reporting at the Building Public Trust in Corporate Reporting Awards 2018’

To be honest, being told that C&RT was an organisation ‘leading the way in the openness of their communications to stakeholders’ took The Floater a little by surprise.

Does C&RT board know the real number of emergency closures?

October 2018 -
In September The Floater disputed a claim made in Canal & River Trust's annual report, presented to the public a few days ago, regarding unscheduled closures of its waterways. Now we have further evidence that unscheduled closures are rising - not falling as the report suggests.

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