For most of this year boaters have been advised not to moor between Elbow Bridge (174) and Limpley Stoke Bridge (175) due to the risk of falling trees. CRT will be felling trees on this stretch starting in October.
Archive for September, 2013
Following from her press statement of 26th September, we wrote to Lynda Deane asking whether she had any evidence to support her serious allegations of criminal wrongdoing on the river.
We also asked her whether these crimes have been properly reported to the Police and to the Environment Agency.
She has replied stating that she stands by the allegations but refuses to provide any supporting evidence or even whether the council, as is its duty if it does have evidence of wrongdoing, had reported these crimes to the relevant authorities.
Ms Deane said “The content of the press statement is very clear and we do not propose elaborating on it. This matter is now with our solicitors to deal with going forward.”
We believe, after our own investigations into the matter, that these allegations to be unfounded. There is a strong case that these statements are, in fact, criminal libel and as such actionable. However it is unlikely, as Ms Deane has no doubt taken into account, that the subjects of her allegations would have the money or resources to mount such actions.
We also asked Ms Deane to provide information as to what licence was required to navigate the part of the river in question. She declined to answer.
Further information: Bath and NES Council strikes on Pulteney Weir moorings
Well, I guess it was predictable, that Charley Dancey’s takeover of a piece of land in prime Bath city tourist area for his own personal grandstand would lead to action by the BANES Council. It was even more predictable when the party crew joined him.
As the river becomes more used by the boating community, it was obvious that elements within Bath’s ultra conservative ruling elite would not be best pleased by “these people” on “their river”.
And that has happened, but in a sweeping action that will see the stretch of river between Pulteney Weir and Widcombe Lock free of boats. The Active Lifestyles team of the Council has decided to rattle a few sabres at the boaters living an active lifestyle on this stretch of the river.
Possibly the most important and draconian action is the suspension of the moorings by the Sports Centre from next month. Although at the end of the leisure boating season, it is a well-used and world famous mooring for people visiting Bath. This is seen as a preemptive strike to prevent people living aboard here over the winter.