BaNES Council votes to close Mead Lane moorings

January 20th, 2020

Despite verbal and written submissions to the Council meeting from liveaboard boaters, BaNES Council cabinet voted on on 16th January 2020 to close Mead Lane moorings on the River Avon and to carry out a structural survey of the river bank. The Council has ordered boaters to leave the moorings within 21 days of the decision, even though the Avon is in flood and has been on red boards since 10th January, with CRT advising boaters that it is not safe to navigate.

If you are moored at Mead Lane, DO NOT MOVE unless it is safe. You can check for any updates on river conditions by phoning CRT on 0303 040 4040 or email
enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk.
See also https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

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Julian House Travelling Community Support Service extended to Wiltshire – boater support worker job vacancy

January 16th, 2020

Wiltshire Council has just started a two-year project to tackle inequalities amongst Boaters, Gypsies and Travellers in Wiltshire. This is a partnership between Julian House and the Wiltshire Traveller Reference Group. Julian House is now recruiting for a Boater Outreach and Engagement Worker to cover Bradford on Avon to Devizes and beyond. If you are interested in applying for this part-time job, see https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/jobs.htm
People from the liveaboard boater community are encouraged to apply. The closing date is 12 noon on 27th January 2020.

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Boaters to address BaNES Council on Mead Lane moorings consultation report

January 14th, 2020

Liveaboard boaters will address BaNES Council on the importance of keeping the moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford open on Thursday 16th January 2020. The consultation report will be discussed by the Council’s cabinet at 7pm on 16th January at The Guildhall, Bath. The meeting is open to the public; Mead Lane moorings is item 15 on the agenda. The Council’s cabinet will take a final vote on which of the options outlined in the consultation report it will adopt.

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Corrine Rotherham leaves CRT

January 14th, 2020

After at least five years of trying to find another job, enforcement officer Corrine Rotherham has finally left CRT. Many amongst the liveaboard boating community will breathe a sigh of relief. Her job is currently being covered by enforcement officer Matthew Preston, who can be contacted at matthew.preston@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Two surveys of interest to liveaboard boaters

December 23rd, 2019

Two Traveller organisations, Friends, Families and Travellers and Traveller Pride are currently running surveys that liveaboard boaters may wish to complete.

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Canal Kids Christmas party and Floaty Boat Fund Solstice party, tomorrow 20th December

December 19th, 2019

The Canal Kids Christmas party and the Floaty Boat Fund Solstice party will take place tomorrow, Friday 20th December 2019, both at St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon BA15 1DE.

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Reminder, K&A Boaters’ Action Group tomorrow 9th December, Devizes

December 8th, 2019

Reminder, the next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group will be tomorrow, Monday 9th December 2019 at 7.30pm at the Black Horse, Bath Rd, Devizes SN10 2AU, between locks 47 and 48. All are welcome.

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Mark Evans to become Wales and South West regional director

December 8th, 2019

CRT announced on 21st November that Mark Evans, who was the K&A manager until 2018, has been appointed as Regional Director for Wales and the South West. He will take up his post in January 2020. 

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Free basic boat engine maintenance class 5th December, Pewsey

December 2nd, 2019

The Floaty Boat Fund is running a free Basic Boat Engine Maintenance class on Thursday 5th December 2019 at 3pm to 5pm at Rushall Organics near Pewsey.

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Boaters’ outreach cafe, Dundas, 3rd December

December 2nd, 2019

On Tuesday December 3rd 2019, the Boaters’ Outreach Cafe run by Julian House and Canal Ministries will be at Dundas Basin from 11am to 3pm on nb Litania.

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