CRT’s Mid­lands team in reshuf­fle

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IN THE FIRST ma­jor change to the Canal & River Trust’s re­gional struc­ture since it took over from Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways in 2012, the Cen­tral Shires Wa­ter­way teams, their roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, are be­ing ab­sorbed into the neigh­bour­ing East Mid­lands, West Mid­lands and Manch­ester & Pen­nine wa­ter­ways.

CRT says the change will have lit­tle im­pact on op­er­a­tional and cus­tomer ser­vice staff in Cen­tral Shires and ad­ja­cent wa­ter­ways, with teams con­tin­u­ing as be­fore. The change, due to take ef­fect on 1 Au­gust, is planned to be fol­lowed early next year by clo­sure of the Faze­ley of­fice and open­ing of a new base in cen­tral Birm­ing­ham. Vol­un­teer mem­bers of the Wa­ter­ways Part­ner­ship are be­ing of­fered places on neigh­bour­ing ones.

“Birm­ing­ham has the great­est con­cen­tra­tions of canals in the coun­try; and yet we have lim­ited pres­ence in Bri­tain’s ‘canal cap­i­tal’,” said Stu­art Mills, CRT’s Prop­erty Direc­tor. “Mov­ing our main Mid­lands base into cen­tral Birm­ing­ham will give us greater flex­i­bil­ity, more con­nec­tiv­ity and the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a new na­tional base – for both our Mid­lands and cen­tral teams.”

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