No win­ter win­ners

Canal Boat - - Letters - MIKE RODD

STEVE HAY­WOOD ( CB, Oct) asks: “So, who’s the win­ner over win­ter moor­ings?” He makes an ac­cu­sa­tion that the Canal & River Trust’s re­cently an­nounced changes to the win­ter moor­ing con­di­tions were sub­stan­tially due to rep­re­sen­ta­tions made by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Boat Own­ers ( NABO).

This is not the case. CRT has con­firmed in an email: “That ques­tions had been raised by boating or­gan­i­sa­tions ( in­clud­ing NABO) and oth­ers, and we’d taken the de­ci­sion, on our own le­gal ad­vice, to with­draw the of­fer.”

I want to make NABO’s po­si­tion on win­ter moor­ings very clear. We have al­ways sup­ported their avail­abil­ity; in­deed, many of our mem­bers make use of this fa­cil­ity.

When the rov­ing win­ter moor­ing per­mit was pro­posed two years ago, NABO re­minded CRT that what it was in­tro­duc­ing was ef­fec­tively a “Rov­ing Moor­ing Scheme”, sim­i­lar to some­thing that had pre­vi­ously been at­tempted and then aban­doned. On the ba­sis of ad­vice re­ceived from our le­gal ad­vi­sors, NABO no­ti­fied CRT on that ear­lier oc­ca­sion that we be­lieved this ap­proach was out­side the pro­vi­sions of the rel­e­vant Wa­ter­ways Act. We urged CRT to dis­cuss this fur­ther with us, as we had some sug­ges­tions that we felt could al­low a vari­a­tion on the ap­proach that might be legally ac­cept­able. CRT chose to ig­nore our ad­vice. It came as no sur­prise to us when CRT’s own le­gal ad­vi­sors even­tu­ally came to the same con­clu­sion as ours. As a re­sult, they have now had to re­vert to the orig­i­nal scheme, much to the re­gret of many of our mem­bers. Chair­man, Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Boat Own­ers Steve replies: “I don’t want to pick a fight with NABO, which I hold in the high­est re­gard, but Mike‘ s re­sponse is non­sense. NABO prides it­self on be­ing the pre- em­i­nent boaters’ or­gan­i­sa­tion; now Mike tries to min­imise its re­spon­si­bil­ity for ac­tion that di­rectly con­trib­uted to CRT’s de­ci­sion to aban­don the Rov­ing win­ter moor­ing scheme. Many NABO mem­bers used and val­ued this, and Mike would be bet­ter ad­mit­ting a mis­take was made. It’s surely the job of a boaters’ or­gan­i­sa­tion to rep­re­sent boater‘ s in­ter­ests, not do CRT’s le­gal work for it.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.