Canal Boat - - This Month - NICK WALL Ed­i­tor

Don’t miss your chance to have a voice!

We get a fair num­ber of moans from read­ers about var­i­ous mat­ters to do with the Canal & River Trust; some are jus­ti­fied, some aren’t, and we ask ques­tions of them when nec­es­sary (much to their po­lite an­noy­ance on oc­ca­sions).

We’re just one of the chan­nels – al­beit an im­por­tant one – that boaters have to get their voices heard. An­other way, of course, is via the Boater Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on CRT’s Coun­cil, the elec­tion for which is cur­rently tak­ing place.

What comes as some­thing of a sur­prise is the re­sponse from boaters so far. Of a po­ten­tial 29 can­di­dates for the four places, only eight could muster enough sup­port to be al­lowed to stand – and they only had to get the back­ing of ten friends! Okay, so it might not be per­ceived as hav­ing the weight of, say, a G8 Sum­mit, but the Coun­cil meet­ings are a chance to quiz the hon­chos (suits if you pre­fer) about mat­ters that con­cern boaters – and if four smart peo­ple get elected and make them­selves avail­able to all boaters, it could make a dif­fer­ence to what hap­pens on our wa­ter­ways.

But for that to hap­pen peo­ple need to vote – vot­ing closes on 11 De­cem­ber.

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