Where’s Corrine?

March 23rd, 2017

Corrine Rotherham, Enforcement Officer for the K&A between Hanham and Widbrook, does not appear to have been seen since the autumn. A recent call to the CRT Devizes office produced a very cagey response that she was “unavailable for the time being”. 

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Visitor moorings at Seend bottom lock shortened following complaint

March 22nd, 2017

Following a complaint to K&A Manager Mark Evans, CRT has reduced the 48-hour visitor moorings below Seend bottom lock (lock 17) to the length recommended by the Kennet and Avon Visitor Mooring Review – Bath to Foxhangers in March 2015.

Despite a number of boaters contacting CRT about this, it took more than 7 months for the error to be corrected. The error was first reported to CRT in July 2016.

Earlier in 2016, CRT put up signs at the visitor moorings below lock 17 that extended these 48-hour visitor moorings by approximately 200 metres westward from the western end of the purpose-built length of visitor moorings right up to the culvert.

This was contrary to the Visitor Mooring Review, which recommended that this length of visitor mooring should be shortened so that it only covered the stretch with mooring rings. The remaining space should have reverted to 14 days in July 2015 for a trial period until September 2015.

This was done without any consultation with users which is contrary to CRT’s Short Term Moorings Framework for Change dated March 2015, which states on page 1 that before making any changes to visitor moorings, waterway managers should:

“Conduct quantitative monitoring of craft that use the mooring and local area over a length of time, taking into account various factors including time of day, time of year, weather and other such influencing factors

Consult with all those potentially affected by any changes, from local & visiting boaters to local retailers including marina operators and the hire boat industry

Pilot the potential changes over a period of time gathering data and feedback, allowing the proposals to be amended as required

Inform visitors and those affected of any changes in a meaningful, clear and consistent way that ensures confusion is avoided”.

There was no evidence that any of the above steps had been followed by CRT before making the change.

Although the complaint has been remedied, CRT has yet to explain either why the Short Term Moorings Framework for Change was not followed or provided proof that these steps were followed and that the evidence gathered justified the change that was made last year.

The correct location of the visitor moorings - from this point to the lock

The correct location of the visitor moorings – from this point to the lock

See also

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/crt-makes-changes-to-ka-visitor-moorings-without-consultation/

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/visitor-mooring-review-recommendations-to-be-trialled-from-july-to-october-send-your-comments-now/

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/liveaboards-secure-representation-in-bath-devizes-visitor-mooring-review/

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/visitor-moorings-to-become-14-days-in-winter/

CRT Trustees’ invitation to reception, Bath, 22nd March

March 19th, 2017

Boats Are Homes campaign stall in Bradford on Avon, Sat 18th March

March 10th, 2017

Liveaboard boaters on the K&A are to hold an information and campaign stall in Lamb Yard, Bradford on Avon BA15 1FG on Saturday 18th March 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

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K&A boater wins Article 8 case against CRT in Court of Appeal in landmark judgement for boat dwellers

March 8th, 2017

K&A boater Matthew Jones yesterday won his appeal against CRT’s attempt to strike out the Article 8 elements of his defence against eviction from CRT’s waterways under Section 8 of the British Waterways Act 1983. The case will now be remitted back to Bristol County Court where Mr Jones will be able to put his Article 8 arguments in full. Mr Jones’s solicitor Community Law Partnership writes:

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Pewsey Wharf, 14th March

March 7th, 2017

There will be a boat fire safety talk by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 7.30pm at the Waterfront, Pewsey Wharf SN9 5NU.

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K&A boaters action group, 13th March, Bradford on Avon

March 6th, 2017

The next meeting of the K&A boaters’ action group will be on Monday March 13th 2017 at 7.30pm at the Canal Tavern, 49 Frome Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1LE.

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National Boats Are Homes demonstration, 8th April

March 4th, 2017

There will be a national Boats Are Homes demonstration in London on Saturday 8th April 2017. Transport will be available from the K&A – contact info@boatingcommunity.org.uk or 07928 078208.

Boats Are Homes demo poster 8-4-17

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Calico Jack to play at Cross Guns re-opening, 1st March

February 28th, 2017

Boatie band Calico Jack will play at the re-opening of the Cross Guns in Avoncliff, a favourite boaters’ pub, from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday 1st March.

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Outreach boat to run once a month with free hot food, health checks, food parcels and internet access

February 17th, 2017

The Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running a monthly outreach boat with the Canal Ministries narrowboat Litania on the western K&A. STOP PRESS: ON TUESDAY 7TH MARCH THE OUTREACH BOAT WILL BE AT BATHAMPTON WHARF

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