CRT Council Elections - IWA Fields Candidates

Issue date: 2nd February 2012

There are five IWA Trustees standing for election to CRT Council 2012; in alphabetical order;

  1. Ivor Caplan
  2. Clive Henderson
  3. Paul Roper
  4. Peter Scott
  5. Vaughan Welch

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Ivor Caplan - Manifesto

  • I have been boating for 35 years including 15 years living afloat
  • cruised extensively including lesser used waterways such as the BCN
  • been involved through the RBOA in achieving greater recognition of residential boating
  • worked towards formalising residential moorings and developing new ones 
  • supported boating interests through major involvement in IWA and Canal Societies 
  • played a part in increasing navigable waterways through restoration of the Droitwich Canals

If elected to Council I will

  • argue for the primacy of navigation and boating as benefitting all waterways users
  • continue to champion the total heritage of the inland waterways
  • make the case for responsible residential boating as a major benefit to CRT
  • fight for the survival and regeneration of lesser used parts of the system
  • campaign for boating activities to be made accessible and affordable for all sectors of society
  • negotiate for maintenance including dredging to the highest possible navigable standards  

Clive Henderson - Manifesto

I have been a boater for 30 years. I am chairman of the Inland Waterways Association, and also of British Waterways Advisory Forum.

I have ensured that the boaters' viewpoint has been consistently and constantly put forward and have built relationships with key people within CRT and other user groups. Most aspects of the business and operations are familiar to me and I have enjoyed insight into the plans and aspirations for the new charity as they have evolved and have engaged with Defra and Parliament.

My key aims have been to ensure that the charity would have a sound and viable basis in terms of structure, representation and financing.

If you were to elect me I would strive to hold Trustees and Management to account to ensure that navigation is always CRT's prime purpose and that boaters' interests will be held paramount as the principal funders of the system.

Paul Roper - Manifesto

I have boated for years and been an owner for 11. I’m an IWA Trustee and Chairman of their Navigation Committee which campaigns for boaters. I have been the principal lead for  IWA’s response to the government’s CRT proposals.

My primary concern, should you elect me, is to ensure that from the outset the waterways are maintained as boaters would wish.

I believe in the primacy of navigation but if difficult choices have to be made I will be pragmatic over how the money should be spent, as I had to be in my senior civil service career.

But my overriding priority will always be keeping the whole network open to boats.

I am also clear, that as the principal paying stakeholder, boaters need a strong voice on the Council and I offer my self as someone who can adopt that role on behalf of all boaters.

Peter Scott - Manifesto

Council will “help to shape policy”: We need policies that

  • keep our waterways open and measure open-ness from one year to the next
  • harass Management into improving availability; and reverse their Creeping Closures which restrict navigation - eg eleven day May closure for Oxford Canal bridge demolition;  four-days-per week closure at Standedge Tunnel; 4pm daily closure Newlay to Leeds
  • get more boats, more moving boats, on our underused waterways
  • persuade the non-navigation majority of Council that while their interests could be served by a series of disconnected duckponds, we all need open, used, connected, navigations.

I'm chairman of IWA Northeast and Yorkshire and do a thousand boating miles each year across the whole connected system. More thoughts

Vaughan Welch - Manifesto

I have more than forty years boating experience, a  long standing IWA Trustee specifically  responsible for supporting waterway restoration, Droitwich Canals Trust Chairman and a successful hard working waterways campaigner.

With your support I hope to: -

  • Establish primacy for boating
  • Prevent navigation being subsumed by other waterway interested bodies
  • Stop the spiralling costs of boating
  • Seek internal and external cost reductions
  • Reduce ‘top heavy’ Management costs
  • Establish salaries equivalent to ‘like’ charities
  • Develop a proper dredging programme
  • Improve vegetation management
  • Increase provision and improve essential boaters facilities
  • Prevent closures
  • Seek network expansion
  • Re-establish the Right of Navigation
  • Establish opening hours to suit the users
  • Compensate for long term closures
  • Encourage residential boating
  • Legitimize those who have chosen the waterways as their home
  • Establish security of tenure
  • Develop measures to enable all levels of society’s participation in traditional boating activities

I do hope I can count on your support.
Thank you

In total there are officially 33 Leisure Boating Candidates standing for election to CRT council; other candidates

How will the voting work?

Every voter has ONE vote in the election that under the Single Transferable Vote system can be transferred to avoid wasted votes.

The ballot paper will include all candidates standing and the elector can use their vote by numbering as many of the candidates as they wish, in the elector’s order of preference (eg. by putting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc… against the candidate names).

If your first preferred candidate already has enough votes to be elected, or cannot ever get enough, your vote will be transferred to your second preferred candidate and so on, so it is not wasted. Votes will be counted electronically.

To ensure that the election process is fair, open and transparent CRT have enlisted the help of the Electoral Reform Society, an independent organisation, to organise the election process. For more information about the ERS and the Single Transferable Vote visit

IWA urges every eligible voter to make use of their democratic opportunity to vote.