Vote Dave in the CRT council elections

This year Canal and River Trust (CRT) is running elections for the CRT council.

CRT council is an advisory board for CRT but also appoints CRT trustees. Liveaboard boaters without a home mooring are seriously under-represented on CRT advisory boards. So we are supporting one liveaboard boaters without a home mooring to be elected onto the council.

When CRT opens the polls, please vote for Dave Mendes da Costa.

With 34 people standing for just 4 posts, it’s more likely Dave will get elected if you just vote for Dave and no one else.

Here is a quote from Dave Mendes da Costa for the CRT council election;

‘I have been living on my narrowboat Stellar for six years and have had the pleasure of exploring many of the UK’s canals. Our waterways offer a unique opportunity to travel and live in a different way and I want to protect this way of life for everyone. I believe this means keeping the navigation open and in good condition, and challenging the reduction of Trust staff with the knowledge and experience needed to maintain the waterways. It means taking steps to reduce crime on the towpath (taking inspiration from London’s Canal Watch initiative) and increasing the quantity and quality of boaters’ facilities. It means cherishing our heritage by keeping the canals a living environment. I’m an active member of the community, chairing the NBTA London branch in 2017 and volunteering as a caseworker. As chair, I helped set up the Lea Boaters Collective, a coalition of local organisations who came together to hold the EA and the Trust to account following their slow response to a large oil spill on the River Lea. If I am elected to the Council I will bring this experience of successful cooperation, representing all boaters and working to improve, renew and restore our waterways.’

Eligible voters will receive an email from the Civica Election Services (CES), the Trust’s elections partner, containing a link to the elections portal and instructions on how to cast your vote.

If you have not received an email from the CES, please check your junk email folder. Alternatively, please contact

Please vote Dave!