Smoke Control Area regulations can now be applied to boats following Environment Act 2021

January 6th, 2022

The Environment Act 2021, which became law on 9th November, will remove the partial exemption for boats from the Clean Air Act 1993. Local authorities will now have the power to apply their Smoke Control Areas to boats moored within the areas, under Section 73 and Schedule 12 of the Act.

CRT has been asked to provide contact information for boat owners to local authorities where they need it to enforce Smoke Control Areas. There is an exemption for smoke which is created to propel the vessel or to generate electricity. There is no exemption for heating. Local authorities can now impose fines of at least £175 for breaches of Smoke Control regulations.

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River Avon towpath safety survey

December 19th, 2021

A group of students from the University of Bath are are investigating the current safety concerns of liveaboard boaters on the River Avon. The research project on River Avon towpath safety is being carried out alongside the Bath River Line project, run by BaNES council, which plans to develop the areas surrounding the River Avon in Bath. The anonymous survey covers safety on the River Avon towpath and aims provide information about the safety needs of liveaboards to the Bath River Line Project.

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Bath parking restrictions will impact boaters unfairly, object before 23rd December!

December 15th, 2021

BaNES Council is proposing to introduce vehicle parking restrictions near the canal that will make it more difficult for liveaboard boaters to stay for 14 days in Bath. The deadline for objections is 23rd December 2021. The Council proposes to make a Traffic Regulation Order to restrict or prevent parking on Beckford Road, Rockliffe Avenue and Forester Road. See https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/beckford-road-tro-consultation

The purpose of the proposed restrictions is to make space for a cycle lane going uphill along Beckford Road and Warminster Road. However, since CRT introduced its unlawful and punitive 20-mile range requirement in 2015 for boaters without a home mooring, cycling to work or school or using public transport has become untenable for liveaboard boaters.

You can read and download the documents and maps here
https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/beckford-road-traffic-regulation-order-tro-consultation/view-traffic-regulation-order-tro-documents

You can object online here
https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/form/beckford-road-tro-consultation

This is an example of what you could say in response to the consultation:

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Canal Kids and Adults Xmas parties, 17th Dec, Bradford on Avon

December 14th, 2021

The Floaty Boat Kids and Adults Xmas parties are back! On Friday 17th December the Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, will host the K&A Kids Xmas bash with Father Christmas from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

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FFT need volunteers to mystery shop GP surgeries

December 14th, 2021

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) need volunteers to help with a mass mystery shop of GP surgeries in England. In recent years, FFT has exposed that GP surgeries routinely broke NHS guidelines by refusing to register a nomadic, Romany or Traveller patient, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How to get a Boat Fire Safety Pack

December 14th, 2021

If you didn’t manage to get a Boat Fire Safety pack with smoke alarms and a CO alarm from nb Litania during the Covid-19 booster jab clinics last week, here’s what to do:

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Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat, 29th Nov to 10th Dec – Boat Fire Safety packs also available

November 28th, 2021

Once again, Julian House will be providing Covid-19 vaccination clinics on nb Litania from Monday 29th November to Friday 10th December 2021. You can get a first jab, second jab or a booster jab if you are eligible. You can just turn up. You do not need to be registered with a GP to get the jab. Please be aware that as this is a first come,first served clinic, there is a possibility that vaccinations might not be available. If you decide to get vaccinated after the floating clinics have finished, contact the NHS on 119. This is the timetable:

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Please complete Wiltshire policing survey before 22nd November

November 16th, 2021

If you think that Wiltshire Police should take crime on the K&A canal such as generator thefts or hire boat stag parties deliberately ramming private boats more seriously, now’s your chance to have your say. There is less than a week left for you to take part in the largest ever policing consultation of its kind run in Wiltshire.
See https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z3J5RXN

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K&A Floating Fayre, Bradford on Avon, 4th-5th December

November 14th, 2021

The K&A Floating Fayre is back on the towpath for a Winter Fayre on 4th and 5th December 2021 from 11am to 5pm. After an absence last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fayre this year will be bigger and even better!

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CRT rubbish collection by boat, this Tues 16th November, Bath to Bradford on Avon

November 14th, 2021

On Tuesday 16th November 2021 from 10am to 3pm CRT will be running a second rubbish collection by boat between Bath and Bradford on Avon. If you have any bulky items such as mattresses, barrels of oil, waste from boat fit-outs etc, just give them a shout as they pass.

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