Tony Hales ends decade as wa­ter­ways’ Chair­man

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A NEW CHAIR­MAN, a look back at a decade of change on the wa­ter­ways, an in­sight into how the Canal & River Trust’s re­gional part­ner­ships are work­ing to forge links with lo­cal groups, and a vi­sion for the fu­ture of a com­mer­cial freight canal across the north of Eng­land all fea­tured in CRT’s 2015 an­nual meet­ing in late Septem­ber.

Af­ter be­ing at the helm for over ten years, Tony Hales has handed over the Chair to Co-op chief Allan Leighton, while Oper­a­tions and As­set Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor Vince Moran has added his name to the list of ‘old guard’ for­mer Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways bosses re­tir­ing from CRT. Mean­while, out on the wa­ter­ways, CRTs her­itage struc­tures are re­ported to be in an im­prov­ing con­di­tion ac­cord­ing to an an­nual re­port. There’s less good news for boaters with no home moor­ing who cover less than 20 miles of wa­ter­way a year, how­ever, with a CRT crack­down in progress. And a sur­vey shows that more boaters now have a favourable opin­ion of the Trust, but there’s still some way to go to achieve pop­u­lar­ity.

See pages 12-13 for an in-depth re­port from CRT’s an­nual meet­ing.

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