Mole­hills on the Bridge­wa­ter

Canal Boat - - Letters -

I HAVE JUST re­ceived my Oc­to­ber edi­tion of CB and read Steve Haywood’s col­umn in which he re­ports on Peel Hold­ings’ re­cent changes to the re­cip­ro­cal ar­range­ment with the Canal & River Trust

He states that: “They’ve de­cided to scrap a re­cip­ro­cal agree­ment with the CRT, so that al­though boaters com­ing off CRT wa­ter­ways will still get seven days’ free cruis­ing, they won’t be able to re­turn for 28 days – and then they’ll have to buy a £40 li­cence.”

That is in­cor­rect. CRT boaters are still given seven days free on the Bridge­wa­ter and they can re­turn when­ever they wish, but if they re­turn within 28 days then, and only then, they will be charged a £40 fee. If they re­turn after the 28-day pe­riod, they will pay noth­ing. Fur­ther­more, I un­der­stand that spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion will be given to boaters who are at­tend­ing ral­lies and the like. JACK KERSHAW, via email Steve replies: “Mr Kershaw is mak­ing a moun­tain out of a mole­hill. What I in­tended to say was that ‘boaters com­ing from CRT will get seven days free and won’t be able to re­turn WITHIN 28 days with­out buy­ing a li­cence.’ In­stead, I used the word ‘FOR’ in­stead.

“One way or an­other, the fact is boaters will be in­con­ve­nienced by this new ar­range­ment. That’s why CRT is in ne­go­ti­a­tion with Peel Hold­ings.

“Hon­estly, you’d think I was part of a con­spir­acy to keep peo­ple away from the Bridge­wa­ter!”

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