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;
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.
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.
March 14th, 2015
On 30th January, CRT announced changes to the boat licence terms and conditions which it claims are not “a significant change of policy by the Trust”. However, many of these changes seek to unlawfully remove the rights of boaters contrary to the British Waterways Act 1995. To the extent that the changes are unlawful, they also fall foul of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, and some of the proposed changes breach the Data Protection Act 1998.
March 14th, 2015
A boater from Bristol has got in touch to tell us about his experiences over the past year as a continuous cruiser on the River Avon between Bristol and Bath. He said “In spring and summer I cruise on the River Avon avoiding the smash and grind of the destructive holiday boats and then I travel on the canal when the floods begin. Last year I felt ‘picked on’ everywhere I stopped. Everyone from farmers, fisherman, canoeists, dog walkers and Saltford sailing club made it clear they didn’t want me or my boats in their backyard (though when I had to go away for a long period the previous year my boat stayed on a private farmer’s mooring on the river)”.
“It has been the worst year I’ve known on the river in years because of being moved along every time I stopped. The monthly enforcement patrol is pointless and always looks like a retired Gents teddy bears picnic rather than a relevant CRT patrol. According to CRT’s data provided by this patrol, I live in Saltford these days on my boat – but I had only moored there for a total of 72 hours during the whole summer! This has made me think that perhaps boaters should once again reclaim the river each spring and summer as is our legal right. It would be great to envisage a colourful convoy of happy law-abiding boaters descending onto the river Avon next year”. A public right of navigation exists on all navigable rivers, that dates back to “time immemorial” and at least to the time before the Magna Carta of 1215.
One of the reasons that this river cc’er has had such a hard time is probably due to the involvement of Alan Aldous, a riparian landowner, as a member of the Kennet and Avon Local Waterway Partnership. Mr Aldous resigned from the Partnership recently. At the Partnership’s Annual Meeting in November 2014 he told a liveaboard boater to “shut up”. He resigned shortly afterwards. The boater made a formal complaint to CRT about Mr Aldous’s behaviour, for which CRT apologised, though an apology was not forthcoming from Mr Aldous himself.
March 8th, 2015
In a statement on Facebook late on Friday 6th March, CRT stated that boats without a home mooring must travel a minimum range in excess of 15 to 20 miles in order to comply with Section 17 (3)(c)(ii) of the British Waterways Act 1995.
March 7th, 2015
There will be a first aid course for boaters on 19th April.
March 1st, 2015
A petition against CRT’s new policy of refusing to renew licences of boaters without a home mooring has reached almost 12,000 signatures in just 10 days.
February 28th, 2015
The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be on Monday 9th March at 7.30pm in Seend. 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; maintenance and facilities on the cut; the behaviour of hire boaters, or any other matters of concern.