What CRT’s done
INCREASES IN SPENDING on canal maintenance, numbers of volunteers, community adoptions and members of the Friends are among the highlights of the Canal & River Trust’s performance for 2015-16, released in advance of the annual report.
Despite the serious impact of the winter floods which knocked out long sections of the Rochdale and Calder & Hebble (see page 7 for the latest news), the Trust reports that its financial performance is “broadly on target” and likely to show a small surplus.
Total expenditure on operation, maintenance and repairs went up by eight percent compared to 2014-15 and only a handful of jobs had to be put back to the next year as a result of the flood repairs, while the amount of unplanned work needed continued to decline, with unscheduled stoppage days dropping from 1483 to 881.
The number of adoption partnerships has now reached 147 (plus six ‘pocket adoptions’ through the Scout Association’s ‘Million Hands’ scheme); total volunteer hours rose by 17 percent to 481,722 with an estimated financial value of £7.6m; and the Friends of CRT supporters’ group increased its numbers from 10,000 to around 16,000 (with the series of open days credited for much of the increase).
The total number of boats hasn’t changed greatly, but the results of the annual boat count in March have shown a reduction in licence