Licence review outcome threatens return of discredited local mooring strategies

March 19th, 2018

CRT announced on 6th March 2018 that it would not increase licence fees for boats without a home mooring. However there will be fee increases for widebeams and significant reductions in the prompt payment discount, which together will result in more liveaboard boaters struggling to pay the licence fee, more boats becoming unlicensed and more people losing their homes.

CRT’s report on the year-long consultation also stated that “a further review will be undertaken to establish how the significant growth in demand from boats without a home mooring in key locations can be addressed, to fairly reflect the benefit experienced by those boaters without a home mooring in London and other highly popular locations”. CRT stated that these ‘highly popular’ locations include Bath.

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Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Outreach Job at Julian House: closing date Tuesday 20th March

March 18th, 2018

Julian House Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Outreach service is looking for a Casework Co-ordinator and would like applications from the liveaboard boating community. The closing date is this Tuesday March 20th. You can apply online here

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Boaters invited to community defibrillator training, Bedwyn, 15th March

March 12th, 2018

Liveaboard boaters are invited to a Community Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training session in Great Bedwyn Village Hall, Frog Lane, Great Bedwyn on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 6.45pm for a 7.15pm start.

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Bathampton, 12th March

March 6th, 2018

The last Boat Fire Safety Talk of this winter will be on Monday 12th March 2018 at 7.30pm at the George Inn, on the K&A canal in Bathampton. The George is under new management. The talk will be in the function room at the back of the pub.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service will be giving comprehensive advice on how to make your boat as fire safe as possible and what to do in case of fire, including FREE smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

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Outreach boat at Darlington Wharf, 6th March – come and fix your bike with help from Julian House bike workshop

March 1st, 2018

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat will be at Darlington Wharf in Bath next Tuesday 6th March 2018 from 12 noon to 4pm (weather permitting). The main attraction is a bicycle repair workshop where Mark, the mechanic from Julian House Community Bicycle Workshop will help and provide tools for you to fix your bike and teach you some bike repair skills. Also Claire Brown will be aboard conducting a yarn-bombing session.

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CRT making contingency plans for “second dry winter” as ground water levels only just recover

February 27th, 2018

CRT is making plans for a second dry winter following the driest year on recent record during 2017, according to a Freedom of Information response.

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New landlady at George Inn Bathampton invites boaters to Welcome Evening tomorrow 21st February

February 20th, 2018

Debbie, the new landlady of the canalside George Inn, Bathampton, is holding a Welcome Evening at the pub tomorrow (21st February 2018)from 7pm and would like to invite boaters.

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Partnership tries to stop K&A being split in CRT restructuring

February 18th, 2018

The K&A could be split into two waterway regions with the western end to Froxfield being run from Gloucester and the eastern end managed from London, after CRT announced on 7th December 2017 that it would restructure its management. The K&A Waterway Partnership met CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry earlier this month to try to persuade CRT that running the K&A from two different offices would be disastrous for the canal and the people who live and work on it. Mr Parry heard their case but made no promises.

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Darlington Wharf bin compound did not have planning consent says K&A manager – but CRT to install bins at Newbury Wharf

February 15th, 2018

The removal of the bins at Darlington Wharf in Bath a month ago has inconvenienced boaters to such an extent that Julian House Travelling Community Support service met with Bath Waterspace Project Co-ordinator Cleo Newcombe-Jones today (15th February 2018) to discuss rubbish bins and overall facilities provision on the K&A within the BaNES Council area.

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Devizes, 19th February

February 14th, 2018

There will be a Boat Fire Safety Talk at the Black Horse, Bath Road, Devizes SN10 2AU (between locks 47 and 48) on Monday 19th February 2018 at 7.30pm. There will also be one at the George in Bathampton on Monday 12th March.

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