Molehills on the Bridgewater
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!”