Rubbish bins re-instated at Devizes Wharf

April 14th, 2015

Following several meetings with CRT and a number of complaints from boaters both with and without moorings, CRT has re-instated refuse collection for boaters at Devizes Wharf.

K&A Users Forum to meet in Woolhampton, 28th April

April 14th, 2015

The K&A Users Forum (previously the User Group Meeting) will take place in Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Rd, Woolhampton RG7 5RE on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 6.30pm (doors open 6pm). This is a departure from the practice of recent years of holding all these meetings in Devizes.

Recent user group meetings have been attended by a number of liveaboard boaters, which has enabled us to raise issues that concern us and also helped to improve the relationship between liveaboard boaters and other waterway users. We encourage liveaboard boaters to attend. This will be an opportunity to meet the new K&A Manager Mark Evans who is due to start work on April 13th.

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For more information about the meeting, contact Alison Jordan, CRT Customer Support Co-ordinator, on 01380 737907, email alison.jordan@canalrivertrust.org.uk. There may be lifts going – contact 07928 078208 or info@boatingcommunity.org.uk if you can offer or need a lift.

K&A boaters action group next meet 13th April, Devizes

April 6th, 2015

The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be on Monday 13th April at 7.30pm in Devizes. Please come and get involved in defending and promoting the boating community on the K&A and also to raise any concerns that you may have about CRT enforcement; the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan; CRT’s new policy towards boaters without home moorings and CRT’s draconian and excessive proposals for changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.

Log your hire boat complaints here!

April 5th, 2015

As the hire boat season gets going, we bring you this page to log all your complaints about hire boats. The K&A boaters action group is drawing up a dossier of the incidents involving hire boats and complaints that boaters and canalside residents have made about the behaviour or safety of hire boat crews in order to seek a meeting with the hire companies. Please log any incidents and complaints on the web form here

New licence T&C delayed following objections

April 5th, 2015

The implementation of CRT’s draconian new Licence Terms and Conditions has been delayed by at least a month. In a meeting with some of the boating user groups, CRT stated that the new Terms and Conditions would be implemented on 1st May.

New Waterways Managers at CRT

April 2nd, 2015

It’s official, the management of the waterways is no longer CRT’s primary focus, that job has been left to the enforcement team. CRT have appointed a series of Waterways Managers for some of the busiest (as well as the  most controversial) areas of waterways under their control. Not one has any experience at all of management of waterways, not one has any kind of hydrographic engineering background. Not one has any experience of boating.

The Boat Café celebrates its first birthday

April 2nd, 2015

boat cafeThe Boat Café, a floating café in a converted canal narrow boat celebrates its first birthday at Easter.  It is permanently moored on the K&A canal at Meadows Bridge halfway between Avoncliff and Bradford.

CRT give clarification on distance required

April 1st, 2015

Following from their recent letter to all boaters without a home mooring telling them they are expected to move ‘a certain distance’ without specifying that distance, some boaters have written to CRT seeking clarification about how far they should move. We are pleased to report that CRT have responded to those boaters with clear guidance. We reproduce their reply below;

 

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CRT in Private Eye … again

March 27th, 2015

Private Eye is a magazine that exposes corruption and satirises the rich and powerful. CRT has been featured in the Eye a number of times in recent years, as has BW. In its 20th February issue, the magazine exposed the links between CRT’s cross country canoe trail and property development.

Don’t lose your right to vote in the General Election

March 17th, 2015

The election is less than two months away. If you want to vote, liveaboard boaters without a fixed address can register by declaring a local connection. You can download the form below.