In November 2013 Richard Parry, CRT Chief Executive, announced a series of open meetings with boaters (and other waterway users) across the country, starting in early 2014. He stated that the aim of the meeting was for him to meet boaters and hear their views on any local or national issues, and open up channels of communication for any future consultations. The first three meetings have just been announced in Birmingham, Nottingham and Oxford, as follows:
Thursday 23rd January, 6pm: Birmingham. The Bond, 180, 182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE.
Saturday 8th February, 3pm: Nottingham. Waterfront, Castle Wharf, Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH.
Wednesday 26th February, 6pm: Banbury. The Old Auctioneer, 44 Parson’s Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5NA.
Anyone who wants to go is welcome to attend. The meetings will all be announced on the CRT web site. If you want to go, CRT asks that you email email@example.com to let them know.
Richard Parry said “I want to make sure we listen carefully to views from the Cut, and openly share our ideas and plans for the future so that we get input from those whose commitment to our waterways is greatest to make sure our plans align with what our customers want.” If you are a boater without a home mooring who finds this hard to believe, the meetings are one of a number of ways you can register your objection to being bullied, harassed and threatened with the loss of your home by CRT.
CRT has also announced that there will be regular social media live chat sessions with Richard Parry to reach those who may not be able to come to meetings, and an ongoing boaters’ research panel that will act as a regular opinion survey of a representative sample of boaters. If you are interested in being on the panel or taking part in the online chat sessions, we suggest you contact
and copy your message to firstname.lastname@example.org