That’s it then. British Waterways is no longer to be a Public Corporation, and instead will be a charitable body, similar in structure to the National Trust.
We’ll have to wait and see how it all turns out, but most of the reaction from “stakeholders” seems to be fairly positive. Inland Waterways Association press release here.
Although if the new BW is to follow the NT model and use a lot of volunteer labour in the future, then it’s going to have to change it’s attitudes. These two stories from Nottingham and Loughborough show what I mean.
These last couple of nights have been cold, haven’t they! Unseasonable, they call it. I hope it’s not a sign of things to come, we could do without another winter like the last one.
Our shady mooring spot was not ideal. We should really have moved back a quarter mile so we had the benefit of the bright sunshine that followed the frosty nights, but inertia set in….
We moved into Mercia Marina today. It’s a lot fuller than when we were in here last time. We’re toddling up to Yorkshire for the weekend, so the boat will be secure here. Had a bit of trouble reversing alongside the pontoon, though, with the brisk breeze pushing us sideways. We got in finally, with the help of a couple of guys on a nearby boat pushing us round.
Enterprise tomorrow for a car, then it’s back on the mayhem of the road system again. It takes me a few miles to adjust….
Locks 0, miles 2