In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.
Today we had a visit from the community pay back team. Apparently Simon??? ( Never heard of him and we belong to the society! ) from ECP&DA had complained about the state of rubbish lying around the basin here above the lock. I was dumbfounded as not a bit of rubbish was to be seen anywhere. I did mention the atrocious amount of litter lying outside KFC's gate leading onto the towpath, most of it consisting of bottles, plastic cups, empty KFC cartoons and wastepaper. He appeared completely unconcerned about that, stating that it was the basin that needed litter picking so with that he gathered his men together and went armed with black plastic bags and grabbers and walked aimlessly round the basin looking for something to pick up. Eventually they returned to the van with empty sacks, had tea break and then headed off in the direction of KFC. I'm pleased to say that, walking past the gate this morning, not a bit of litter was to be seen anywhere I do think that KFC should be the ones to clear up, though, and not the council.