CRT: ‘No Mid­dle Level plans’

MID­DLE LEVEL NAV­I­GA­TIONS

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A PE­TI­TION OP­POS­ING the Mid­dle Level Com­mis­sion­ers’ (MLC) plans to in­tro­duce boat li­cens­ing re­quire­ments (see CB Aug 16) also sug­gests that the Canal & River Trust may wish to take over the Mid­dle Level sys­tem – but CRT has told CanalBoat that it has no such plans.

Up to now the sys­tem which pro­vides a link be­tween the rivers Great Ouse and Nene has been free to nav­i­gate with no re­quire­ment for li­cens­ing, Boat Safety Scheme cer­tifi­cates or in­surance. But all of these are pro­posed for in­tro­duc­tion un­der by­law changes which have been sub­ject to a re­cent MLC con­sul­ta­tion.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Boat Own­ers and In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion have sup­ported the moves, sub­ject to pro­vi­sos that the money raised goes to im­prove the cur­rently very sparse boater fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever, other boaters, op­posed to charges for “the last Bri­tish nav­i­ga­tion that is freely open to the gen­eral pub­lic” have launched a pe­ti­tion on thep­e­ti­tion­site.com.

They also draw at­ten­tion to pro­pos­als un­der dis­cus­sion for trans­fer of En­vi­ron­ment Agency rivers to CRT, and sug­gest that a CRT takeover of the Mid­dle Level might fol­low on from the MLC by­law changes. How­ever, a spokesman for CRT said: “There are no plans at all for the Trust to take on the Mid­dle Level Nav­i­ga­tions.”

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