CRT bins its rubbish promises

October 22nd, 2014

At the K&A Users Forum on 23rd April 2014, Waterway Manager Mark Stephens agreed that he would speak to Wiltshire Council about re-instating the boaters’ rubbish bins at Devizes Wharf, where there is an Elsan disposal point, pump-out and water tap. However, enquiries last month by boater and journalist Bob Naylor elicited a statement from CRT’s contracts manager Richard Harrison that there are no current plans to re-instate the bins.

CRT moorings consultation sparks angry petition

October 17th, 2014

CRT is holding another consultation on methods for allocation of its directly managed moorings, but despite the previous consultation in 2008 showing overwhelming opposition to the principle of an auction system, it is refusing to even consider abandoning the auctions. In addition, the consultation only runs for one month, in contravention of the law on consultations. If you oppose the mooring auctions, please respond to the consultation before 3rd November expressing your opposition. Send your response to mooring.updates@canalrivertrust.org.uk. Or make a formal complaint.

Mark Stephens to leave K&A

October 17th, 2014

Mark Stephens is leaving the K&A at the end of this month to take on a national role within CRT.

Voter registration is changing

October 13th, 2014

Liveaboard boaters without a fixed address can register to vote by declaring a local connection. The form to use has changed and requires more information such as your date of birth and National Insurance number. This change has been made because of the move to individual voter registration, rather than household registration. Boat dwellers with no fixed address have always needed to register individually so the change is not so great for us.

CRT rubbish collection includes recycling

October 13th, 2014

Following the release of a copy of the contract between CRT and Biffa for rubbish collection, it is clear that boaters can recycle glass, plastic, non-hazardous metal, paper, card and textiles by putting them loose into the CRT boaters’ rubbish bins.

Fire service to hold training exercise on K&A

October 9th, 2014

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is to hold an exercise on at Horton on Sunday 12th October to sharpen firefighters’ skills in dealing with boat fires.

Quiet zone for Wilcot

October 9th, 2014

Residents, boaters and CRT agreed last week that there was a case for making parts of Wilcot on the Long Pound a Quiet Mooring Zone. The Pewsey Canal Action Group’s second meeting on 2nd October 2014 concluded that there was no need for any 48-hour moorings in the village as there is always space for boats to moor.

K&A boaters action group next meet 13th October, Seend

October 6th, 2014

The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be next Monday 13th October at 7.30pm in Seend.

Lies, damned lies and CRT boat sightings

October 1st, 2014

A boater has carried out an evaluation of the statistics on boat movement in CRT’s first quarterly report on the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan. Our correspondent reports:

Looking Glass Eyes and the Laws of Physics

September 24th, 2014

Life along the Kennet and Avon canal has of late adopted a gently surreal Kafkaesque tone.

The latest offering from the CART is a letter telling people they haven’t ‘moved through enough neighbourhoods’ in the last three months. it ends with a black edged obituary box stating “YOU ARE AT RISK OF LOSING YOUR BOAT’.