For real this time;
IN THE BRISTOL COUNTY COURT Claims No: 9BA00333
B E T W E E N :
BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD Claimant
PAUL DAVIES Defendant
According to BW figures obtained by a London boater in a Freedom of Information Act request, the Lee and Stort Mooring Strategy will make a loss. At a time when BW’s grant from DEFRA has just been cut by around 10%, do they honestly think it is reasonable to embark on a policy that is not only unlawful and unjust, but is financially unsound as well? Here are BW’s income and cost projections:
Liveaboard boater Andrew Harry was recently selected to be a member of the new Kennet and Avon Waterway Partnership Board. This Board is a pilot for the establishment of local community partnership boards to run waterways locally when (and if) BW becomes a charity. He has sent us this report:
We have received a message from Simon Greer who says:
BW saw this spoof advertisement on 19 April and Simon Salem of BW responded the following day. He advised that BW cannot sort out this problem because they do not have the necessary legal power. Instead they have a voluntary code. I have asked why BW cannot use the space on the side of their vans to pass on an important public message. I have proposed:
Mature woman with funds looking to rent a boat.
Contact Indian Pete 07787 993140
“I wish to rent a boat to live on in order to find out if I would like to go ahead and buy one, having never lived in one before it seems the sensible option.
I am not too fussy but obviously would like the best I can get! Space enough to sleep 2 minimum, hopefully more, although it will be single occupancy. I am willing to look at anything that is on offer… the easier it is to run and keep dry and warm the better. I would like to reside outside Bath. I am thinking of about 6 months and I do have money to cover my rent within reason. I am extremely responsible and will contribute positively to any community I live in, am also into looking after our Mother Earth, am female, 58yrs old, and just returned from living in India.”
Several of us attended the User Group Meeting in Devizes on 4th April. The meeting covered local management issues and briefly touched on national BW matters. Functions such as enforcement are now done by a centralised team which is not managed from Devizes, so little information was provided on these matters. Waterway manager Mark Stephens gave a brief update on national developments and their impact on the K and A.
Sharon Brookes, Wiltshire Council’s Equality Officer, gave a presentation to the local mooring strategy meeting on 1st April explaining the duties of statutory bodies such as BW to carry out equality impact assessments of their policies. Under the Public Sector Equality Duty in the 2010 Equality Act, BW is required to do an equality impact assessment of the local mooring strategy. This includes an obligation to analyse the impact of new policies on human rights.