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Update from CRT...

 

Coventry Canal

Location: Atherstone Lock 1 & 5, Coventry Canal

Starts At: Lock 1, Atherstone Top Lock

Ends At: Lock 5

Up Stream Winding Hole: Atherstone Top Lock

Down Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 48

 

Friday 12 August 2022 15:30 until further notice

 

Type: Navigation Restriction

Reason: Water resources

 

Update on 06/08/2022:

We'd like to confirm that Atherstone Locks will remain open for navigation after 12th August. This is just a restriction on navigation times, and not a closure, as mistakenly listed in our water resources email sent on Friday 5th August.

 

We apologise for this error and any confusion caused, Thank you for your patience and help in managing our water resources, which is making a big difference in keeping most of our network open.

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We came up on Wednesday, Locks 1-5 were a doddle compared to 9-7.

The stream at the side below lock 7 has completely run dry, but once you’re up 6 there’s enough water.

Dragged the bottom a few times and nearly got stuck coming into 8 when the boat behind us started filling 9 before we’d got in and shut the gates. There were a few lockies about at the top, but none on the really low pounds to manage things properly.

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4 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Normal, the lockies are attached to the brew hut at the top by short ropes.

I thought the shortage might have enticed them away from the sheds this time, i should have known better.

They did tell me how good the water taps are now they’ve upgraded the pipework though…before going for lunch 😂

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They don't really do themselves any favors

example one - five of them painting the bottom lock equipment at Whilton making it virtually impossible to work the lock without getting covered in white, black or both paint (and a real danger of slipping when crossing the lock gates as the hand holds were all covered in wet paint)

example two - Stoke Bruerne top lock and (lost exact count) five or six volunteers all taking a lunch break at the same time. Really helpful.

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5 minutes ago, Mike Tee said:

 

example two - Stoke Bruerne top lock and (lost exact count) five or six volunteers all taking a lunch break at the same time. Really helpful.

Had exactly the same at the top of Curdworth. 

Then I thought to myself-they're not paid and do it for fun so who am I to deprive them of a bit of lunchtime socialising. If I want to lock through at lunchtime thats my decision not theirs.

The one I met at Farmers Bridge was great though-stayed with me going up, good to chat to and even apologised when he left me to do a lock by myself. He had gone down the flight to show the supervisor the leaky gates that kept draining the pound and was trying to get someone to sort it out.

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8 hours ago, PaulJ said:

Had exactly the same at the top of Curdworth. 

Then I thought to myself-they're not paid and do it for fun so who am I to deprive them of a bit of lunchtime socialising. If I want to lock through at lunchtime thats my decision not theirs.

The one I met at Farmers Bridge was great though-stayed with me going up, good to chat to and even apologised when he left me to do a lock by myself. He had gone down the flight to show the supervisor the leaky gates that kept draining the pound and was trying to get someone to sort it out.

They all have lunch together at Fradley junction…….they are volunteering and clearly enjoy the social. Good for them I say….

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9 hours ago, Mike Tee said:

They don't really do themselves any favors

example one - five of them painting the bottom lock equipment at Whilton making it virtually impossible to work the lock without getting covered in white, black or both paint (and a real danger of slipping when crossing the lock gates as the hand holds were all covered in wet paint)

example two - Stoke Bruerne top lock and (lost exact count) five or six volunteers all taking a lunch break at the same time. Really helpful.

When would you suggest they paint?

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10 hours ago, Hudds Lad said:

We came up on Wednesday, Locks 1-5 were a doddle compared to 9-7.

The stream at the side below lock 7 has completely run dry, but once you’re up 6 there’s enough water.

Dragged the bottom a few times and nearly got stuck coming into 8 when the boat behind us started filling 9 before we’d got in and shut the gates. There were a few lockies about at the top, but none on the really low pounds to manage things properly.

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I came through earlier this week and there was a volunteer at each lock on the very low pounds. To be fair, they were doing an excellent job of controlling the water and holding boats back where necessary. 

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Was it established that this group at Whilton were trained as volunteer lock-keepers?

 

Painting locks is one of the activities that corporate team building groups get involved with.

 

As with pretty much all CRT volunteering, the activity is more about politics and the promotion of CRT than about the benefit to the boater of the ‘service’.

 

There is substantial cost behind supporting CRT’s volunteers which is funded by both the boater and taxpayer so both have a right to comment and it’s also why I don’t agree with the notion that volunteers can entirely pick and choose when they do their activities once they have committed to volunteering. There should at least be an aim to provide a defined service.
 

That’s my view from the position of being both a CRT and non-CRT volunteer.

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