What is going on?
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.