The K&A Boaters’ Action Group meeting that was scheduled for August has been postponed to October 2020, due to the limit on the number of people from different households who can meet and the continuing risks of Covid-19.
The Universities of Cardiff and Plymouth are carrying out a joint research project called Canal boat dwelling: Homes, Welfare and Mobile Citizenship on Britain’s Canals. The project is funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust. The researchers are Professor Richard Yarwood (Plymouth) and Dr Agatha Herman (Cardiff). They say:
“We are particularly interested in issues around homes, families, welfare and citizenship and would love to hear your stories as these will help us better understand the benefits and challenges you experience. It has four main objectives, which are to:
Last week BaNES Council reversed the decision that it made in January and has re-opened the 14-day moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford on the River Avon, until a structural survey of the river bank is carried out and further consultation of interested parties has taken place. The U-turn followed a solicitor’s letter sent to the Council on behalf of boaters. This comes shortly after the BaNES Environmental Health department began taking steps in mid-May 2020 to evict liveaboards who had been moored at Mead Lane due to the suspension of boat movements for the Coronavirus lockdown.
As of 23rd May 2020 CRT resumed enforcement of summer visitor mooring time limits and of the 14 day limit for most boaters without a home mooring. CRT has stated that it expects boaters without a home mooring to move by 6th June 2020 unless they have ‘reasonable adjustments’ under the Equality Act or if it is reasonable for them to stay where they are for longer than 14 days. If you are shielding or self-isolating, are in a ‘high risk’ category or you have other needs, it is clearly reasonable to stay where you are and we would advise you to tell CRT if you have not done so already.
The volunteer scheme supporting liveaboard boaters on the western K&A through the Coronavirus lockdown is ending when enforcement of boat movement every 14 days resumes this week, because the full volunteering scheme will be too challenging with boats coming and going daily. The red, amber and green signalling system will not be monitored from now on.