Tuesday, 23 September 2014

CaRT and Visitor Moorings Issues

Visitor Moorings Issues.

The more I look at the issue, the more disenchanted I become in the process that was conducted by the trust. There has been much written and debated on this subject in various forums. Most evidence provided seemed to have been based upon anecdotal memories of unrecorded complaints. I have been unable to work out a rational behind the need for the consultation other than one based upon a knee jerk reaction to speculation. The proof of the flawed evidence being claims that proved on careful examination to be unsubstantiated and anecdotal at best.

Therefore to gain a better understanding of the issues you have to consult with the boaters concerned. Not the ones having a moan, but the boaters who are using the moorings. Establishing the reason why people choose a particular venue. Establishing the reasons for the length of their stay is going to be of more value, than any unattributable speculation from others. I believe that the issue is congestion and not overstaying. Has increasing the number of visitor moorings at popular locations been considered as part of the solution. What long/medium/short term plans does the trust have for increasing and improving mooring locations. Moorings previously used as long term have been taken out of use  where new marinas have been built. Have any been re-designated as visitor moorings?

If you take any arbitrary length of a canal, some moorings will be more used than others. There will be many reasons why people chose a particular location. It could be because a certain mooring location is recommended in a canal guide. That is certainly one way we have chosen in the past especially if we did not know the area. It could be that the mooring is close to external facilities such as the availability of a bus service or railway station. The popularity of any mooring could change almost overnight if a new supermarket opens. Various venues and attractions located nearby will also play a significant part in attracting visitors.

Monday, 22 September 2014


This is just one of a series of around fifty old newspaper articles that I have been reading. I have been researching from old newspapers and magazines the last 200 years or so of the inland waterways. With particular interest in the issues of the day that were effecting the canals. The most active periods for evaluation and change, has always been just prior, during and shortly after the two world wars. It should be remembered that between the wars the ownership of some of the canals changed hands as the railway companies bought up the waterways to get reduce competition. What is not clear is the effect this early form of asset stripping had on the viability of the inland waterways. Its good to take a look back at what people were saying and doing in the past. Most surprising of all are some of the problems that beset the canals back then - are still prevalent today. Reading old newspapers can throw up some rather interesting stories. Here is what we would call today a public interest story.

Caveat: Some of the articles are difficult to read and even using modern electronic  scanning and text conversion methods. The odd punctuation, word or character may have been transcribed in error. 
The Mercury
Wednesday 30 January 1889


The determination of inland towns in England to get into direct water communication with the sea is still being manifested. A company has been registered at Somerset House for the, purpose of obtaining Parliamentary sanction to a scheme for establishing an improved waterway between Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colliery field and the sea. It is proposed to obtain powers to acquire the following undertakings with the docks, harbours, works, and rights connected therewith. The navigation of the river Don, from Tinsley, in the parish of Sheffield, in the West Riding of York, to a place called Wilaich House, in the parish of Denaby on Don, in the same country.

The Dearne and Dove Canal, commencing from the River Don Navigation, in the parish of Wath-upon-Dearne, and terminating at or near Barnsley, in the parish of Silkstone by a junction with the Barnsley Canal. The Stainforth and Keadby Canal, commencing  from the River Don navigation, at or near Stainforth, in the west riding of the county of York, to the River Trent, at or near Keadby in the county of Lincoln. The Sheffield Canal, commencing in the parish of Sheffield, and terminating by a junction with the River Don Navigation at Tinsley. The initial capital is to be £30,000.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Time Team

Most people know that I enjoy poking fun at CaRT, if I did not poke fun, then I would only end up crying into my beer.  So in the spirit of being a bit more upbeat, I decided to do some fractured motivational posters.  As a kid I had a few motorcycle posters on my bedroom wall. So I decided to hang a few inland waterways posters on my blog wall.

More innovative and proactive methods of publicising the canal infrastructure have been devised by the truss. Here a vessel is being prepared for the Time Team 2085 series.  You may find other examples in preparation as you cruise around the canals.