...but Bas­ingstoke still on the cards

Canal Boat - - News -

While the ma­jor trans­fer of river nav­i­ga­tions to the Canal & River Trust has been shelved yet again (see left), a much smaller CRT takeover could still be on the cards – in­volv­ing the Bas­ingstoke Canal.

Since restora­tion and reopen­ing in 1991, the Bas­ingstoke Canal has suf­fered from in­ad­e­quate fund­ing as its owner Sur­rey and Hamp­shire coun­cils and par­tic­u­larly the smaller lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have not al­ways pro­vided their agreed con­tri­bu­tions – lead­ing to main­te­nance stan­dards slip­ping. A pro­posed trans­fer to CRT stalled be­cause the Trust was un­able to take on the canal with­out an ad­e­quate fi­nan­cial pack­age, which was be­yond what the coun­cils could sup­port at the time.

How­ever CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry told Canal Boat that the Trust and the county coun­cils were “still talk­ing”, that the coun­cils were “keen to do a deal”, and that dis­cus­sions cen­tred around the size of the fi­nan­cial trans­fer needed.

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