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About PeterScott

  • Birthday 31/07/50

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    IWA North East & Yorkshire Region Chairman; National trustee
    Filling even more shelves with waterway books and magazines
    Boating 1971-2010 (and continuing):
    277 trips; 1613 nights afloat; 27,470 miles 20,359 locks
    Bellringing on church and handbells, when not boating

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    Retired computist
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    CopperkinsII, Fulbourne
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    Streethay, Aylesbury

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  1. CRT Council Meeting 8 March 2016

    It didn't look sudden to me. As quoted, AllanL has a high profile in board chairmanship and is said to 'know everybody' who might be good volunteers as fellow trustees. He was appointed as a trustee, then a few months later TonyH resigned. Looked like scripted choreography to me. :-)
  2. What Has Become Of The "waterway Partnerships"

    I (applied-interviewed-and) joined the CRT North East Partnership in 2012 in a defensive-mode - to do the best I could to give a view of our waterways from someone navigating them from t'middle: it wasn't that I had any particular network of potential funding to bring. For example, the June2015 meeting was relatively quiet - and reviewing my scribbled notes here, it still had a good range of activity discussed/reported/progressed. On our particular concern - freight on NE waterways, there was lots on the new terminal, possibilities of another, analysis of traffic and 'transmodal' issues, and how to enthuse the Government's Northern Powerhouse to use money for waterways. Some frustration on agreed progress with attracting more leisure-boats to Leeds and where they should stay while there. I said my bit on what's happening on the RiverDerwent, and useful support was offered. Partnership members are closely involved in the Leeds Waterfront Festival, and there's work on funding bids on projects across the region. There had been need of a Tidal Ouse rescue, which we were keen to use to work on better conditions for future navigators ... As to agendas and meeting reports, I hate writing minutes or notes-of-meetings and it always seems to take me three or four hours to write-up a two-hour meeting: our Partnership has had no volunteers to do this job, nor a volunteer to keep the Partnership webpage interesting; asking CRT-paid-people to do this would make me grumble about the other things they could be better-occupied doing. The agendas and notes are, indeed, tricky to find on the CRT website, and dull to read when located. We have had annual Public Meetings and that's our best bet at meeting those interested in what has happened. As to expenses and costs: we have monthly gatherings and CRT provide a light lunch around which we can continue discussing. We're not paid of course, and for expenses, I found the bureaucracy irksome (forms, sending, authorising, all before seeing any money) so after the first few meetings, I pay for my own travelling. Using my own money (say 2x the amount collected from each CRT Friend) gives an is-it-worth-it criteria for continuing attending, and the balance imho has been positive so far. Of course, not everyone can volunteer that as well as their time.
  3. eroded banks opp. to towpath

    The rights and duties of adjacent landowners (to one another) is one of the many reasons that Lawyers Live In Big Houses. I'll try the easy case of a river. The farmer already owns the bed to halfway across, and when the river decides to do-its-thing and wash away some of the bank, or deposit some free land on the inside of the bend - well, that's what rivers do. And another easy case: a canal's Navigation Authority needs to pile-and-dredge. By agreement it might be allowed farm-access for machinery to complete the work and permission to put the canal dredgings behind the new piling, in exchange for the farmer's benefit of effective reinstatement of the previously-collapsed banks. Someone else can try the extra waterspace caused by the tree blown down by an unseasonal storm, either into the field or into the canal. (etc)
  4. On Wed4June, a mostly-wet day, northbound from Br16 on SU, we travelled for 9hrs45mins (0745-1730) and passed 32 (southbound-) moving boats and we stopped at the top of Audlem: the next day (dry and warm) we travelled for a further 11hrs10mins (0820-1930) to Middlewich and passed another 43 moving boats. Of course by moving northwards we will pass approximately twice the number of boats that would be seen by a stationery observer (and we only count boats while we are moving). If the canal had an equal number of boats travelling in each direction, then that stationery observer might see a total number of moving boats similar to the number we passed while moving.
  5. Couldn't get out of Netherton

    CRT's Customer Service Team will probably have been available to help with this sort of incident - and at the end of the tunnel a mobilephone signal has some chance of alerting them: if they thought there was a risk of violence (stone-throwing counts) then they may also have summoned the police. I guess you passed OK the siltbar at the moorings between Tardebigge and Shortwood Tunnels, which CRT's Trifor pulled us across before we (on Fulbourne, lock 21W& passed one another on Friday morning :-)
  6. Cruising at night

    24hour Great Haywood to Braunston, for a meeting with university-bellringer friends. Best entertainment was in the small hours just south of Rugby; a Clubline hireboat crew was just completing the transfer of amber fluids from Keg to Cut, and with the mild weather hadn't felt the need for clothes for the process: the four lads were in various stages of doziness, and we passed the time-of-day, as you do. Elaine waved from the front of the boat, and by the time I arrived they had thought of some questions: were we insured? (yes) and was it legal (yes). Smiled sweetly and went on our way.
  7. Unusual or Comical Boat Names - The Best and Worst

    Did a couple of trips on SHIP HAPPENS (subsequently refitted and renamed Piedaleau.) I always liked TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN (not moored at Lapworth junction any more) and BARELY A WAKE And I wonder if the joke wears thin, and only the ££££ of repainting makes the name endure: SIR .T. FIABLE
  8. Dispute at Pillings

    The movements in the property portfolio are on page 64 under note 11 to the accounts. The initial valuation on 12 October 2011 was £459.8m, and after ins and outs during the seventeen months the portfolio was estimated to be worth the £468.7m at the end. So, no they haven't been selling assets beyond what they say they do to manage to portfolio. As a member of the NE partnership (volunteer, no operational responsibility, listed on page 80) we do have the occasional presentation from the property managers, and I quizzed them about the abolition of a government-sponsored organisation which had been a major occupier of an iconic waterside building. "Yes they have been wound up; the property is empty, but the government still pays the rent." Unlike a company which had gone bust, of course. That's what the property managers are tasked to do: provide secure income for the maintenance of the waterways, and having the government as a tenant does provide secure income ... Whether overall that's a sensible way to run things is a separate debate: surely we ought to have been able to allow the government do-what-it-liked with the property portfolio in exchange for a long-term contract for £xxmillion.But governments prioritise health, schools, roads (etc). They may be good tenants but are poor masters and poor custodians of our national waterways heritage sigh On page 57 it says there are 39 people involved in managing the portfolio. The direct costs before the accountants allocate overheads (page 31) are £8.9m. and I've no information on how much of that is salaries, external advisers, etc nor how much was exceptional costs related to the transfer from BW.. Yes it does seem a lot of money to generate the £31.1m There must be lots of other gems of debate in the almost-six-thousand posts in the thread, all of which I have failed to read. But here's a link of the Pilings Marina debate to CRT structure: I was entertained by the CRT quote in this month's Canal Boat (p6) criticising the "unnecessarily complex" hireachy of companies involved in the [Pilings Lock] site. We should observe simply that the Canal and RIver Trust is the first trustee of the Canal Infrastructure Trust which owns the canals, that "Canal and River Trading CIC is a Community Interest Company", that the Waterways Trust has been absorbed into the structure; that Canal and River Reinsurance Ltd is a subsidiary, as is British Waterways Marinas Ltd ... Pots and Kettles, eh?
  9. Boat sunk in the Tinsley flight.....

    At the end of the rope in the picture is the sunken boat boat. A bit of a disappointment as a site-visit yesterday morning :-) CRT chap who was wandering by agreed with northernboater here that the boat is 35' with an outboard and some projecting cover above it, which by missing the eternal vigilance necessary for any lock operation, the crew managed to get under the walkway projectiing into lock on the bottom gate and sunk themselves. Two people and two dogs escaped unhurt. By emptying the lock completely it's possible to see the roof of the boat. The divers, he said, are due on Tuesday (stoppage notice says Monday) and they intend to attach flotation bags, then pump out.
  10. This Is John Best

    There's no such campaign. We (we IWA) support boaters who live on their boats. Indeed it would be wonderful - with both my IWA and my CRT partnership hats - if we could attract more residential boters to our underused and under-appreciated NorthEast waterways. On the subject of living and working / caring / parenting etc from a boat, I've debated my blog on the board here before and would be pleased to do so again. Here is text of Les's speech at the National in CassioburyPark and here is a (wobbly) video of him saying it. Our readers may judge for themselves whether they agree with you. Yes I too wish we had more young people volunteering to help us. We need volunteers who are passionate for the waterways' cause, who can put forward their ideas with force, good grace, and can debate them constructively. In my experience our volunteers are all very practical people too, in the sense of picking up a windlass, a broom or a paintbrush whenever it's useful. It's an inspiration to look at the achievements of IWA's founders against formidable official complacency and opposition. For example I always admire the level-headedness of my illustrious namesake which was a wonderful foil for RobertAickman. Our current concerns are in Les's speech above and are explained more here. I was writing on pp4-5 here about CRT phone-service at weekends, and then being caught in a RiverCalder flood last weekend (issues are here) I wonder whether we do have any influence on CRT, however hard we try - and we do try hard.
  11. This Is John Best

    ... which is not particularly surprising because we (we the IWA) are a campaigning organisation for the Inland Waterways and we (we the CRT partnership members) are there to support encourage and influence CRT in the management of its part of our inland waterways. There is a diagram (p5) of the relationship between Partnerships and CRT mangement, Trustees and Council in this document "Changing Lives Together" which we (we the NorthEast CRT partnership) presented to a meeting of representatives of regional organisations in Wakefield last month. The CRT Trustees, as with most things, are responsible for ensuring that the Canal and River Trust works properly. The Partnerships (we are all volunteers) do not have an executive function: "failure" would be in terms of failing to help raise extra funds for the waterways, failing to influence management in doing their job, or failing to create a coherent vision and ten-year plan for the region's waterways. On the general subject of appeal processes: as a boater, I find the direct approach to issues is to report them to CRT mangement in the first instance: if that doesn't solve the problem, there is a CRT complaints procedure, and our boat has been involved in complaints at all its three levels (manager, director, ombudsman), with some success.
  12. Yorkshire Gravel Barges - Sad, Sad Day

    FarndaleH in CastlefordCut returning from the last delivery of the contract on 30July2013. And here lying at WhitwoodWharf the previous day and ready to discharge there in April2010 A set of pictures here from our occasional trips on the RiverCalder 2006-2013
  13. Sheffield and Tinsley Canal - Does anyone love it?

    It's a great pity. There's also a neglected offside herringbone mooring on the canal just by the Arena that has never been used for mooring since they were created for the 1991 World Student Games - just the sort of location that residential boats would bring to life - and improve a rather rundown area. The difficulties at Tinsley have featured on the board before. Just to add, then, that the Inland Waterways Association hasn't any role in the management of fishing rights. We do of course share our TLA with, for example, windsurfers, wrestlers, welsh people, the independent warranty association and The Irish Wheelchair Association - the last of which seem the least likely to be the banners of disabled fishing.
  14. New book on historic narrow boats

    Here is Wikipedia and here is another professional photographer discussing the issues of copyright and privacy. On the subject of so-called model-release forms, the issue as described in the links is this: I take a photo of any person (my subject), then I sell the image to a company, and the company then use the image to advertise their product. The publication of the picture might create the impression that my subject endorses the company's product, and to ensure that the subject is happy for that to happen, the model-release form releases me for any obligatiojn to obtain the subject's further consent for that publication. The existence of model-release forms for that purpose doesn't create a copyright-ownership by everyone of their own image (or indeed their boat's image) when they are in a public place.
  15. Joined WilliamJ's boat for a short ride on Leeds and Liverpool down to Leeds. Earlier in the week on his journey from Shipley he'd captured on video (clicky here) this attempt to cast him adrift. William doesn't have a youtube account, so I loaded it on mine. There were about six culprits, three of whom were trying to undo the ropes and three more standing guard. Extraordinary behaviour, but in the end he was still tied to the bank, so difficult to know what The Authorities could have done about them. My old granny - who had an inappropriate phrase for every occasion - would have strode up to them and said "you silly gooses"