CRT’s new re­gions re­vealed

Canal Boat - - News -

AL­THOUGH as we went to press the Canal & River Trust’s se­nior man­age­ment re­struc­ture and slim­ming-down was still sub­ject to a 60-day in­ter­nal con­sul­ta­tion with staff af­fected, the Trust has con­firmed some of the changes which will hap­pen.

The six new re­gions to re­place the ex­ist­ing ten will cover the fol­low­ing ar­eas: North West; York­shire & North East; West Mid­lands; East Mid­lands; South West; Lon­don & South East. The ex­act bound­aries have yet to be an­nounced, but CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry told Canal Boat that an im­por­tant driver of the ex­er­cise was align­ing the Trust’s bound­aries with those of Gov­ern­ment re­gions and au­thor­i­ties.

The aim is to “shift more of the na­tional teams di­rectly into the re­gional teams” to achieve more of a lo­cal fo­cus and lo­cal de­ci­sion­mak­ing, while re­tain­ing na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity for in­vest­ment, as­set man­age­ment and over­all strategy.

Con­cern­ing the over­all re­duc­tion of se­nior posts, the Trust says it is “seek­ing to do more and cost less”. Ques­tioned by Canal Boat on what is driv­ing this, Mr Parry con­firmed that the Trust is look­ing ahead to the start of ne­go­ti­a­tions with Gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing the long-term fu­ture af­ter the cur­rent 15-year fund­ing con­tract ends in 2027. The twin aims re­fer to ‘do­ing more’ in terms of water­way ben­e­fits that fit the Gov­ern­ment’s agenda, while ‘cost­ing less’ in readi­ness for a post-2027 fund­ing agree­ment which may well be con­sid­er­ably less gen­er­ous.

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