I am a member of NABO. A group of volunteers who represent boat owners at meetings with CRT.
Their latest News booklet includes a report by Stella Ridgway about the CRT Annual Report. I wonder what the charity is doing with their income.
Apparently the total income was £188.7m. Some of that comes from DEFRA, Boating and Property Investment. Us boaters paid £42.4m.
Strangely it cost the charity £39.4m to raise funds! Charitable giving alone cost 1.1m. Apparently it cost £7.20 for every £5 given! What is the point of that?
Trustees do not get paid but get expenses to the tune of £19,897. Richard Parry was paid £189,847, Stuart Mills got £207,161 and redundancy payments were a whopping £870,000.
Rubbish disposal costs CRT £1.2m every year! Not all rubbish provided by boaters.
Finance it seems is a subject that can pull wool over ones eyes! However the proof is in the pudding. The charity has to maintain Navigation of the waterways. That is their task. As we boaters know the system is falling apart rapidly. Vegetation is growing faster than contractors can cut it back! The lock equipment is not being repaired quickly enough.
It is no wonder that that there has been less boat movement on various canals. The Oxford canal in particular has become overgrown in many places. I wonder if I will be able to get the boat out of the marina next year!
The latest news is that local councils are considering charging rates if your boat is your only residence if you stay too long in one place. Even if you are in a marina. CRT are considering relaxing the 'Continuous Cruising' rules if you have children going to school! What then about going to work!
Sadly our boat is closed down for the winter. Diesel tank filled and water tank emptied. We hope to visit at least once a month to stay 'rough camping' for a few days during the winter months.