BW Policy News and FOI Act Requests

It’s happening now. At the moment much discussion is going on about the corporate stance, both published and secret, of British Waterways and we are getting material flooding in. It will be heard here. The results of Freedom of Information Act requests will be also be aired here. Keep them coming.

Local Mooring Strategy consultation planned for May to September

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

BW plans to carry out the consultation on the Kennet and Avon Local Mooring Strategy between the end of May and the end of September 2012, according to a Freedom of Information response from BW.

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BW contracts out enforcement to parking company

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

We can’t name the source of this information but we believe that BW is sub-contracting part of its enforcement activity to a parking and clamping company.

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Oxford boaters under threat

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Boat dwellers in Oxford are under threat from a group called the Unlawfully Moored Boats Enforcement Group, made up of Oxford City Council, the Environment Agency, British Waterways and Thames Valley Police. Oxford City Council has just given this group £44,000.

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BW never intended K and A mooring strategy meetings to continue

Monday, February 27th, 2012

 On 28 November 2011,  BW’s Damian Kemp informed members of the Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group by email that there would be no more meetings and that BW would complete the Mooring Strategy in-house. Yet this message has turned out to be entirely dishonest – BW had already planned in September 2011 that the October 2011 meeting was to be the last.

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Partnership Board to form committee on mooring strategy

Friday, February 17th, 2012

There have been further developments regarding the local mooring strategy at the Kennet and Avon Local Waterways Partnership Board. 

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Breaking the Ice

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

British Waterways recently sent round a circular email advertising their winter moorings, with the advice that boaters, if unable to move due to the canal being frozen, would have to ask  their local patrol officer for permission to remain.

This prompted a FoI request regarding the numbers of craft with icebreaking capabilities in BW’s possession, and the  number of hours for which they were deployed in this capacity during the winter of 2010-2011

BW have now responded:

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BW release draft mooring strategy proposals

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

BW recently released a draft summary of the Local Mooring Strategy proposals to the Steering Group and the representatives of unaffiliated boaters on the Group responded to these draft proposals this week. BW has asked for responses from Steering Group members prior to putting the finalised proposals out to consultation. Watch out for boaters’ meetings soon to make sure you have your say about it. BW’s summary of the proposals and the unaffiliated boaters’ response is below.

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New job for Damian Kemp

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Damian Kemp, BW’s Project Officer who chaired the Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group and did the legwork for the 2009 consultations on National Mooring Policy, Local Mooring Strategies and the now discredited Lee and Stort Moorings Managament Plan, has a new job.

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Latest information on BW’s “CC Procedure”

Monday, January 30th, 2012

After a delay of around 15 months BW has finally coughed up some information about changes to its “continuous cruising” enforcement procedure.

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BW Charity Transfer Delayed

Monday, January 30th, 2012

 It looks like the transfer of BW to charity status will be held up due to the time the Parliamentary procedure is expected to take.

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