Archive for August, 2014

K&A relay in September to raise funds for hospice

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A boater is planning a sponsored hitch-hike by boat along the K&A from 1st to 6th September to raise funds for Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley.

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CRT releases first report on K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

CRT has this week published the first of four planned three-monthly reports on the K&A Local Plan.

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BaNES Council may become a navigation authority

Monday, August 25th, 2014

BaNES Council has commissioned a legal report from its solicitors Clarke Willmott outlining the Council’s options in relation to becoming a navigation authority and legislation in relation to bye-laws.

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Local mooring plan is “sheer harassment” says boater

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A boater left his berth at Caen Hill marina and spent three days moored on the towpath. Then his engine broke down. He took his boat into the Foxhangers hire boat base for repairs, and it was moored there for a further three days while the repairs are being done. He then received an email from CRT saying that he has been moored in one “neighbourhood” for longer than 14 days and he should move.

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What to do if CRT tell you that you have incurred a £25 extended stay “charge”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A number of boaters have received letters from CRT alleging that they have overstayed on Visitor Moorings and either demanding £25 per day “extended stay charge” or stating that CRT could have imposed a charge of £25 per day but it was waived it in this instance as the Local Plan has not been in place for very long. We recommend that anyone who receives one of these letters makes a formal complaint.

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Bathampton Post Office to close down

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Bathampton Sub-Post Office is to close for good tomorrow, August 19th, following a decision by the owner of the shop to close down.

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CRT ‘publish’ map of places

Friday, August 15th, 2014

In direct contradiction of an undertaking given to the boating organisations, CRT has published a map of places in an attempt to define the word ‘place’ as used in Section 17 3 c ii of the 1995 British Waterways Act, deliberately left ambiguous by Parliament.

This document outlines the procedure

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Boat checkers are now Licensing Officers

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The two Data Checkers (boat checkers) on the K&A, Paul Maidment and Matthew Preston, have recently had their job descriptions changed and are now called Licensing Officers.

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CRT to upgrade K&A sanitary stations

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

CRT announced last week that it had allocated £225,000 towards upgrading sanitary stations on the K&A and in the North West, the Midlands and London as part of a new programme of improvements throughout the system that also includes dredging and offside vegetation cutting.

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Dead Rat Orchestra brings “The Cut” to the K&A

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Innovative folk performers Dead Rat Orchestra are bringing their 2014 show “The Cut” about the songs, sounds and heritage of the canals to the K&A from 10th to 16th August. The Orchestra will visit Crofton, Pewsey, Devizes, Bradford on Avon, Avoncliff, Bath and finally Bristol Harbour where the group’s 273-mile tour of the waterways ends at the Arnolfini Gallery.

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