The BMF Welcomes Canal & River Trust Funding 01-02-2012
The British Marine Federation welcomes today's announcement regarding the funding of the Canal & River Trust. The BMF has worked hard to bring together the industry’s views on the new charity and ensured that the key issues of maintaining navigation, levels of service and the industry’s role in governance have been central to the debate. The BMF is comfortable that these issues have been fully considered in the negotiation with Government leading up to today’s announcement.

Howard Pridding, BMF's Executive Director comments: "The BMF has played a full and constructive part in discussions about the future sustainability of inland waterways in recent years and believes the new charity will be in a stronger position thanks to the hard work of the Minister, Richard Benyon MP, politicians from all parties, government officials, British Waterways senior management, and the interim trustees. In very tough economic times it is a fair deal and the long-term commitment will enable the charity to plan for the future with some confidence. We look forward to working with the Canal & River Trust to promote and develop the inland waterways for businesses, boaters and all other waterway users."

The BMF's Howard Pridding and Nigel Stevens, a Director of Shire Cruises, a BMF Member, have been chosen by industry to stand for election to the Canal & River Trust Council, to ensure the industry is represented at all levels. A total of six boating business candidates have been put forward for two seats and voting will take place from 8 February through to 9 March.