CRT Policy News

Liveaboard family negotiate term time cruising pattern with CRT

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

At least one liveaboard family without a home mooring has successfully negotiated a Term Time Cruising Pattern with CRT.

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Licence review outcome threatens return of discredited local mooring strategies

Monday, March 19th, 2018

CRT announced on 6th March 2018 that it would not increase licence fees for boats without a home mooring. However there will be fee increases for widebeams and significant reductions in the prompt payment discount, which together will result in more liveaboard boaters struggling to pay the licence fee, more boats becoming unlicensed and more people losing their homes.

CRT’s report on the year-long consultation also stated that “a further review will be undertaken to establish how the significant growth in demand from boats without a home mooring in key locations can be addressed, to fairly reflect the benefit experienced by those boaters without a home mooring in London and other highly popular locations”. CRT stated that these ‘highly popular’ locations include Bath.

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If you have school age children, tell CRT you require a reduced cruising pattern in term time

Friday, September 8th, 2017

On 14th February 2017 the Waterways Ombudsman stated in a case report (Case no 933) that CRT intended in the coming weeks to publish “illustrative cruising patterns” for liveaboard boaters with school age children. In the Navigation Advisory Group meeting of 13th February 2017, former Head of Boating Mike Grimes stated: “We’re looking at putting together and publish soon some example compliant movement patterns that boaters with children could look at to help inform their movement patterns”.

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CRT and BaNES plan mooring strategy for entire River Avon and beyond

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Documents obtained by a Freedom of Information request to BaNES Council, and the response to a recent complaint about proposals to restrict mooring at Mead Lane, Saltford, show that BaNES and CRT are planning a mooring strategy for the River Avon and the K&A Canal between Hanham and Limpley Stoke.

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Act now to stop mooring restrictions at Mead Lane, Saltford

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Yet another mooring place used by liveaboard boaters is under threat. This time it is the stretch of the River Avon at Mead Lane, Saltford.

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CRT steps up its attack on liveaboards without home moorings

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

On 10th March 2016 CRT announced that it was once again clamping down on boat dwellers without home moorings.

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CRT makes assurance that no enforcement action will be taken due to Seend stoppage

Monday, December 14th, 2015

The K&A boaters action group has obtained an assurance from CRT that it will not take enforcement action against boaters who are trapped between Lock 11 in Bath and Seend (Semington for 70′ boats) because of the stoppage at Seend Wharf Bridge. CRT has placed certain conditions on this assurance. The stoppage runs until 11th March. This is the letter from CRT Head of Boating Mike Grimes:

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‘Places’ maps look like history

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

We have been party to four pieces of information that suggest very strongly that CRT will not go ahead with its ‘places’ maps that it first proposed in August 2014.

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CRT threatens to seize boaters’ possessions

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

In a vindictive move reminiscent of the totalitarian regimes of Stalin and Pinochet, CRT is threatening to seize and destroy the belongings of boaters including bicycles and childrens’ toys if they have been left, however temporarily, on the towpath. This draconian act is typical of CRT’s harassment of liveaboard boaters, and it shows that CRT will go to any lengths to pressurise liveaboards without home moorings to leave the waterways.

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Curiouser and curiouser: CRT appoints new head of boating

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

A year after the ‘retirement’ of the hated Sally Ash, CRT has appointed a new Head of Boating.

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