What is go­ing on?

Canal Boat - - Letters -

Who do we turn to in author­ity when we know there is a prob­lem but no one cares?

Re­cently I no­ticed a boat moored near us not show­ing a li­cence. For­tu­nately the lo­cal C& RT li­cence checker came by and I pointed this out to him. His re­ply was: “Oh he does have a li­cence, I’ve checked us­ing his in­dex num­ber, it doesn’t mat­ter that the boat is not dis­play­ing one.”

A week later the same boat re­turned, guess what... no in­dex num­ber on the boat on ei­ther side. The very next day the same C& RT gen­tle­man was out check­ing again and I told him this fact.

This time his re­ply was: “It doesn’t mat­ter be­cause it has a name and I know every boat on this stretch.” Well I’ve seen more than five boats with the same name so which one is he look­ing at.

Of course, the said boat is a con­tin­u­ous cruiser, back­wards and for­wards week in week out. An­other con­tin­u­ous cruiser has been here more than ten years do­ing the same and he doesn’t even live on it and he now has no li­cence.

Surely it’s time that the C& RT got to grips with boats with­out li­cences, they use the water­ways but pay noth­ing to­wards their main­te­nance.

Plus, can we re­ally be­lieve what we are told, when it is ob­vi­ous in this case we can­not.How can C& RT check a boat with­out an in­dex num­ber and if there is no name ei­ther then you can sim­ply do what you want and get away with it.

These peo­ple know when the check­ers are due and sim­ply keep out of the way, it’s like a game to them. Es­pe­cially at week­ends when the C& RT are not about.

Once you are on the sys­tem, you are checked and no­ti­fied of your mis­de­meanour.

I hope you print this let­ter. Per­haps other le­git­i­mate boaters will re­spond with their views.... I bet Steve Hay­wood will. I won­der if the C& RT will. It’s time to knock a few heads and get their house in or­der.

Fi­nally, we had new lock gates fit­ted two years ago. On one oc­ca­sion there were 13 C& RT work­ers on site. On an­other oc­ca­sion an idiot strug­gled, bal­anc­ing and push­ing a ce­ment mixer across an empty lock on one wheel on a Young­mans board.

I wish I had my cam­era that day as I’m sure some heads would have rolled.

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