Listening to boat owners, Speaking out for boat owners, Representing boat owners.


Chairman’s column, NABO News, Issue 7, January 2013


Chairman’s column


Well here I am again. Not quite what I had in mind, but Council have asked me to continue as Chairman for the present. This is not what I would have wished and it really has to stop some time soon. The AGM took place in Bradford on Avon in November and those members who stood for Council were returned unopposed. I welcome Jane Taylor to Council as a new member. She attended her first Council meeting and already is offering a new perspective and experience. You can read some words of introduction elsewhere.

Chairman's Column NN May 13

Irksome—I like it! Chairman David Fletcher relflects on the latest waterways happenings

We had a very full Council meeting last week, with more present that we have had for many a year. Rest assured the proceedings are very frugal, as any­body who has been to the Waggon and Horses will know. Please don’t be shy, come and join us because more are needed.

Trevor Roberts from the Community Boating Association visited us to see what we are up to and share some of his issues. I hope we can work together to our mu­tual benefit. You can read elsewhere about the organisation he works so hard for.

We have reviewed the NABO policy document to bring it up to date and make it more relevant to the current issues. For long-term members there will be no surprises, as the content reflects what we have been saying for many years. Please take the time to read the policies, and let us know your views.

Chairman’s column, NABO News, Issue 6, November 2012


We have all heard of the serious breach and stoppages at the northern end of the T&M in the last few weeks. CRT could have done without it at any time, but not in the first months of the new organisation. The local team are obviously pulling out all the stops to get it fixed and get boaters moving again. It is an awakening to the new opportunities for fundraising and it must be done; we should welcome the chance to ask new contributors who enjoy the system to give money, spreading the load; and give too if we are able and willing. We are all thinking why it happened and could it have been avoided, perhaps by the return to the policy of lengthsmen who would have that important local knowledge. As an engineer who has worked on old equipment, I am only too aware of the fine judgement between keeping things going at low cost and throwing in the towel for expensive replacements. We should support the maintenance engineers who have to make these judgements and the funding they need to make them more precise. I wonder if, with the current spell of weather swings, we are seeing circumstances not seen within recent experience. Our role as boaters is always to tell navigation authorities if we are concerned about something, and to keep doing so.