CRT’s Midlands team in reshuffle
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.”