K&A boaters action group next meet 10th October, Seend

October 2nd, 2016

The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be on Monday October 10th at 7.30pm at Seend.

BBC feature on K&A boaters postponed to 10th October

October 2nd, 2016

The BBC Inside Out feature on liveaboard boaters on the K&A has been postponed until next Monday 10th October.

Boater Eviction in Bath

September 26th, 2016

On 14th September CRT seized a boat without a home mooring that was a vulnerable woman’s home while she was asleep inside it. The woman, who suffers from epilepsy, was later rushed to hospital in an ambulance as the stress of the eviction had caused her condition to become critical.

Our roving reporter, R Mutt has sent us this report of a disturbing incident that shows how easy it is for people to fall through the cracks in society if we don’t, as a community, pay careful attention to the needs of everyone.

K&A boaters action group next meet 12th September, Bath

September 7th, 2016

The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be on Monday September 12th 2016 (the second Monday in September) at 7.30pm in Bath.

Boats are Homes Protest, Devizes Wharf 4-8pm 15th September

September 3rd, 2016

On Thursday 15th September at 5pm, CRT Chief Richard Parry will launch a CRT publicity boat at Devizes Wharf SN10 1EB as part of the K&A Waterways Partnership AGM.

NBTA to hold volunteer caseworker training and first meeting of NBTA Kennet and Avon group, 11th September, Bradford on Avon

August 24th, 2016

The National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) is to hold a Volunteer Caseworker Training Session for liveaboard boaters and their supporters at 11am to 5pm on Sunday 11th September 2016 followed by the first meeting of NBTA Kennet and Avon group at 5.15pm, in Bradford on Avon Youth and Community Centre, Kennet Gardens, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LE.

BaNES invites liveaboards to participate in focus group for waterway users, 5th or 7th September, Bath

August 18th, 2016

The BaNES Water Space Partnership (BaNES Council, CRT, Environment Agency and Wessex Water) has commissioned a study looking at the use of the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal within the BaNES area (Hanham to Dundas), and identifying ways in which facilities and services for waterway users can be improved.
See www.waterspacebath.org.uk

As part of this the company working on the project, Atkins, are hosting two focus groups in which representatives of different types of user will be asked to explore the issues they face in making use of the waterways.

Towpath tidy, Wilcot, 4th September

August 17th, 2016

There will be a towpath tidy at Wilcot on Sunday 4th September 2016 at 11am to 2pm. It is organised by liveaboard boaters but all canal users and local residents are welcome to take part. Please meet at the canal bridge (bridge 117) in Wilcot at 11am.

Boaters stage protest against unlawful enforcement policy at CRT’s Devizes office

August 11th, 2016


Around 30 boat dwellers without home moorings and supporters from the local community took part in a protest opposite Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) office in Devizes on 6th August 2016.

Minutes of meeting between boaters, CRT and Michelle Donelan MP published

August 10th, 2016

We are now able to publish the minutes of the meeting between liveaboard boaters, Michelle Donelan MP and CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry. The meeting was minuted by Wiltshire Council’s Peter Dunford, Community Engagement Manager for Bradford on Avon. Also included is a record of the discussions. You can download them here: