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News article created on 11 February 2014

Richard Parry meets boaters in Nottingham

Throughout 2014, the Canal & River Trust’s chief executive, Richard Parry, is hosting a series of open meetings across the country for boaters and other waterway fans. The meetings offer a chance to air informally views on local or national issues and open up channels of communication for future discussions.

The second of Richard Parry’s open meetings with boaters was held on Saturday in Nottingham. Over 100 people came to a lively session to hear what he had to say and put their questions.

Richard started the meeting with a short speech highlighting the vital role that boaters play as active and passionate users of the canals and how the Trust wants to improve communication and engagement with them. He also said how important it is to engage with everyone on our towpaths and  to build support by telling more people about their local canal and the work the Trust does. This will increase support for the Trust – including the growing number of people who donate their time or money. 

After the meeting, Richard Parry, chief executive at Canal & River Trust, said: “I’d like to thank so many people for coming out on Saturday. I want the Trust to listen carefully to views from the cut and openly share our ideas and plans for the future.”

Questions from the floor covered topics including:

  • Cycling
  • Boat Licence Fees and Enforcement
  • Outdoor swimming
  • Volunteering
  • Canal Restoration

Read the full Q&As

Richard continued: “The range of questions and conversations we had are really important to make sure our plans align with what our boaters want. Anyone who is interested in coming along to the future meetings is very welcome. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your views and ideas.”

The next meeting is in Banbury on Wednesday 26th February 2014, from 6pm

The Old Auctioneer, 44 Parson’s Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5NA.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to fran.read@canalrivertrust.org.uk