Sir Frank Price 1922 – 2017

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FOR­MER chair­man of Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways Sir Frank Price has died aged 95.

Born in a work­ing class area of Birm­ing­ham, he left school aged 14 and soon be­came in­volved in lo­cal pol­i­tics, be­ing elected as a Labour mem­ber of Birm­ing­ham Coun­cil in 1949. Sub­se­quently serv­ing as Coun­cil Leader and Lord Mayor, he was in­volved in the city’s re­de­vel­op­ment in the 1960s be­fore be­ing ap­pointed chair­man of the Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways Board in 1968.

He was the long­est-serv­ing holder of the po­si­tion, and un­like pre­vi­ous hold­ers he was re­garded by the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion as “an ef­fec­tive ally in the bat­tle for the wa­ter­ways”. His 16 years at the helm in­cluded the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 1968 Trans­port Act, the canal re­open­ings of 1974, the threat to dis­mem­ber BW and trans­fer the canals to the re­gional wa­ter au­thor­i­ties, and the ‘Tun­nels cri­sis’ of the early 1980s.

In his late 60s he re­tired to Spain, where he died fol­low­ing a bat­tle with Alzheimer’s.

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