I have been keeping a watch on all the organisations connected with the so called "Upper Wye & Welsh Dee agreements" the Dee has now been rebranded as an "arrangement", that means the Anglers arranging for us to be kept off the water a long as possible.
I am pleased to report the apparent death of BOPA, there has not been any activity on their website for the last year and they are still advertising workshops for 2013/4. They claimed a membership of 1000, this has always been suspicious as no one seems to know anyone who is a member. The last update on their Facebook page was August 2013. Hopefully Chris Charter has gone down with it and has found a dark place to hide and contemplate the wisdom of betraying the paddling community he was once a part off. He would have been putting the BOPA name to the Dee agreement at the same time as closing down the operation, how cynical is that. He is still listed as a director of Welsh Dee Partnership Ltd
This now removes any trace of legitimacy left in the "River Dee & Upper Wye agreements" all paddlers can now confidently dismiss any reference to these agreements made by Anglers as irrelevant, the demise of BOPA renders both agreements stone dead. In fact I believe that if the WUF continue to use their "agreement" to stop anyone paddling, they could be committing an act of fraud. The Welsh Dee Partnership have already changed the name of theirs to avoid being accused of the same.