Boat Fire Safety talk, 16th October, Bradford on Avon and more planned

October 12th, 2017

Three Boat Fire Safety presentations are planned this winter so far. The first is this Monday 16th October 2017 at 7.30pm at the Canal Tavern, below the lock in Bradford on Avon.

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Autumn Actions! K&A Boaters’ Action Group meeting, 9th Oct, Devizes

September 24th, 2017

The next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group will be on Monday 9th October 2017 at 7.30pm in the Function Room at the Bell By The Green, Estcourt Street, Devizes SN10 1LQ (next to Morrisons and opposite the Green). All are welcome.

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Council’s Devizes Wharf plans will affect boaters – please attend meeting 18th September

September 11th, 2017

Wiltshire Council’s plans to develop land at Devizes Wharf will affect boaters. Plans for a footpath between Lock 50 and the Wharf Theatre could reduce mooring space and adversely impact all boaters. Please attend the Devizes Area Board meeting on 18th September and make your concerns known.

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If you have school age children, tell CRT you require a reduced cruising pattern in term time

September 8th, 2017

On 14th February 2017 the Waterways Ombudsman stated in a case report (Case no 933) that CRT intended in the coming weeks to publish “illustrative cruising patterns” for liveaboard boaters with school age children. In the Navigation Advisory Group meeting of 13th February 2017, former Head of Boating Mike Grimes stated: “We’re looking at putting together and publish soon some example compliant movement patterns that boaters with children could look at to help inform their movement patterns”.

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Outreach boat at Bradford on Avon, Tuesday 5th September

September 3rd, 2017

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat Litania will be at the lower wharf in Bradford on Avon on Tuesday 5th September 2017 from 12pm to 4pm. Paper copies of the Wiltshire liveaboard boaters’ survey will be available.

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Wiltshire boat dwellers survey available on paper

September 1st, 2017

Paper copies of the Wiltshire Council boat dwellers survey are available for those who need them. You can collect a copy from Bradford on Avon, Devizes or Pewsey libraries. They will also be available on the Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat run by Julian House Gypsy, Traveller, Boater & Roma Community Support Service, which will be at Bradford Lower Wharf next Tuesday 5th September 12pm to 4pm. There may also be some distributed from boats in the Long Pound. Please pass this news on to anyone you know who might need it.

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Why car parking has become more important for liveaboards

August 22nd, 2017

Please respond to Mead Lane consultation below

As liveaboard boaters without home moorings are being unlawfully forced by CRT to travel longer distances to avoid having our homes seized and removed, many of us have also been forced to use cars to get to work and take children to school, when previously we could rely on cycling and public transport. Many are now having to travel to work or school from places that are much further away, including rural Wiltshire and Berkshire, where public transport is poor or non-existent.

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Floating market in Newbury 26th-28th August

August 21st, 2017

There will be a floating market on the K&A in Newbury over the August bank holiday weekend. It will take place at Victoria Park from 10am to 6pm between 26th and 28th August.

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CRT makes another vulnerable person homeless

August 17th, 2017

Yesterday (16th August 2017) CRT seized a boat that was a vulnerable person’s home using its powers under Sections 8 and 13 of the British Waterways Acts 1983 and 1971. The boat was craned out at Devizes Wharf at 11am and taken to an unknown location by road. There were 8 bailiffs and enforcement staff present.
UPDATE: It has been reported that the evicted person is now sleeping rough.

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Wiltshire Council to assess housing needs of boat dwellers – please complete survey by 30th September!

August 11th, 2017

Wiltshire Council is carrying out an assessment of the housing needs of people who use a boat as their main home and is inviting boat dwellers both with and without a home mooring in Wiltshire to complete a survey. If you are permanently or temporarily in Wiltshire, or you travel through Wiltshire please take part. The survey is online and the Council is also going to make paper copies available. We will publicise how you can get a paper copy as soon as possible.

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