IWA take to the tiller for CRT’s workboats
A TEAM OF volunteers from the Inland Waterways Association has stepped in to help ensure the Canal & River Trust’s fleet of workboats get to where they are needed.
In an exercise aimed at improving the efficiency of use of the fleet, from April 2016 the Trust is turning it into a nationally managed resource, centrally co-ordinated, with craft ‘hired’ to regional maintenance and construction teams – and also made available to IWA and other volunteer groups.
But that will mean moving the boats around to where they are wanted – and that’s where IWA can help, with a team of volunteers across the country with the necessary boating skills and experience. They will also monitor the vessels’ condition and report any problems and repairs needed.
IWA Chairman Les Etheridge said the Association’s volunteers would “enable the Trust to improve its efficiency and effectiveness”, demonstrating the value of its members and their “commitment to making the waterways better for all users”.