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As stormy is­sues loom, it’s time for the Ed to head for pas­tures new af­ter ten years at the tiller of CB

It’s tempt­ing to use the bus anal­ogy, so I will. Af­ter a rel­a­tively quiet sum­mer of wa­ter­ways news, sud­denly not one ma­jor story comes along but five of them, all to­gether...

First there’s the li­cens­ing con­sul­ta­tion saga which is grind­ing its way to­wards the im­por­tant Stage 3 full con­sul­ta­tion which is due to be an­nounced any day. Then there’s the Lon­don moor­ings re­port which will say that Lon­don has a fi­nite amount of moor­ing space (ob­vi­ously) and if boat numbers keep in­creas­ing, more will need to be done about it (boat parks fur­ther out, per­haps).

Mean­while, the IWA has been busy ha­rangu­ing (quite rightly) the EA over the po­ten­tial sell-off of moor­ings at Ely and the gen­eral state of the EA wa­ter­ways which, if we’re honest, are pretty rub­bish. GOBA (the Great Ouse Boat­ing As­so­ci­a­tion) has weighed-in too, and is un­der­stand­ably up in arms about pos­si­ble EA li­cence fee in­creases of 7.5 per­cent on its patch.

Then there are the con­cerns about wa­ter lev­els on the canals – we’ve al­ready had some re­stric­tions this year and if we don’t have a wet win­ter, next year could be tricky.

It might have been a quiet sum­mer, but it seems ap­pro­pri­ate that as the weather changes there are au­tumn storms ap­proach­ing. Time I left, I reckon...

So, af­ter ten years of hav­ing the priv­i­lege of dis­cussing all things boat­ing with you in

Canal Boat, I’m mov­ing on to make some time for my­self – thank you all for putting up with me – may I wish you all, all the very best for the fu­ture. NICK WALL Edi­tor

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