Signed by Robin Evans, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust and Alan Wildman, chairman of RBOA, the agreement provides for both parties to work together on issues that are of importance to residential boat owners. It also sets out a number of specific areas of collaboration designed to improve everyone's enjoyment of the waterways ensuring they are great places both to visit and to live on.
Robin Evans said: “The Canal & River Trust and RBOA both want a thriving waterways network that can be enjoyed by the millions who visit each year and those who have made it their home. The Memorandum of Understanding recognises and formalises our already good working relationship through which we are able to benefit from the RBOA's advice and expertise.”
Alan Wildman adds: “The Residential Boat Owners' Association welcomes this agreement. Working in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust we hope to further promote the Association and encourage better understanding amongst boaters, visitors and those contemplating a life on the waterways about the benefits and limitations of the waterways.”
The agreement says that the two organisations will convene a meeting of key personnel at least twice a year to review progress.