An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Basingstoke 'Open Access'

For 20 years boating on the Basingstoke Canal has been subject to direct supervision by the Basingstoke Canal Authority rangers (none of whom are boaters).

After a year of campaigning a number of interested boaters were charged with producing an 'Open Access' policy - what we mean by 'Open Access' is 'the use of the Basingstoke Canal by boaters without the direct supervision of the Basingstoke Canal Authority, as if they were using any other part of the canal network. ‘Open Access’ is required to enhance the Canal’s reputation and to attract more boats, and is seen as necessary due to staff reduction and to maintain Health and Safety. The aim is to bring all boating in line with the industry norm where visiting boaters make a positive contribution to the bottom line.'

We present this access on Wednesday 25-January-12 and do hope that it is accepted and the Basingstoke will become a 'normal' canal.

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