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Canal & River Trust chief executive Richard Parry is inviting up to 150 boaters to join him at a meeting in Birmingham on Saturday 25 April. The meeting will provide an opportunity for guests to hear from Richard about our priorities for the year ahead, and look ahead our ambitions for the next ten years.
Following a short presentation on our recently developed Ten Year Strategy, boaters will have the chance to air their thoughts and pose questions to Richard and other members of staff.
The two-hour meeting will be chaired by an independent facilitator to help structure the event and make sure that a wide range of views are heard and addressed. It will take place on Saturday 25 April, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, at The Bond, 180 - 182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE.
Richard Parry comments: “The Canal & River Trust has a fantastic opportunity to look ten years ahead, with secure funding, to develop an ambitious strategy to broaden the appeal of, and support for, the waterways to ensure they have a lasting sustainable future. Our vision is for the waterways to transform places across England and Wales and enrich the lives of the millions of people who use and enjoy them.
“I am clear that out long term plans must focus first on ensuring that the condition of the waterways is maintained and improved, to be available for and used by boats and for the millions of other users on the towpath.
“I want to give all our customers, especially boaters who make such a significant contribution to the upkeep of our waterways, an opportunity to hear first-hand about what we’re trying to achieve, and why we are making the choices that we propose. I hope that boaters take up this opportunity to come along and find out more about our exciting plans for the future.”
If you would like to attend, please sign up at: http://crttenyearstrategy.eventbrite.co.uk.
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