What CRT’s done

Canal Boat - - News -

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

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