FOI Act requests

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 publish kilometre lengths three months after start of new enforcement policy

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Following a Freedom of Information request, CRT has published a list and an interactive map of kilometre lengths for all of the waterways that it owns or manages.

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CRT ‘places’ maps were leaked

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has confirmed the suspicions of many that CRT had not intended to publish the ‘places’ maps in August. Boaters who wanted to find out more were nonplussed by the absence of announcements on the CRT web site.

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BaNES Council may become a navigation authority

Monday, August 25th, 2014

BaNES Council has commissioned a legal report from its solicitors Clarke Willmott outlining the Council’s options in relation to becoming a navigation authority and legislation in relation to bye-laws.

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CRT targeting boats moving 5km or less

Friday, March 29th, 2013

A recent Freedom of Information response shows that a decision was made in March 2012 to focus enforcement on boats moving 5km or less.

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Enforcement team job descriptions published

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Following a Freedom of Information request via www.whatdotheyknow.com, a boater has obtained the job descriptions and person specifications for most of the CRT/ BW enforcement team, apart from the job description for Enforcement and Licensing Manager Denise Yelland. This includes information about the numbers of staff in each position in different waterway areas.

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CRT threaten our web site with libel

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This web site’s Editor received a letter from CRT recently threatening to take court proceedings for libel against the web site because of statements made in articles revealing and commenting about BW/CRT’s relationship with hire boat holiday brokers Drifters Leisure Limited.

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CRT says Drifters shares are insignificant

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The CRT has been keen to emphasise that its interest in the hire boat holiday marketing consortium Drifters Leisure Limited is insignificant.

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K and A mooring strategy consultation plans changed despite BW statement

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

CRT’s plans for the consultation on the K and A Local Mooring Strategy have changed again. A sub-group of the Local Waterway Partnership (formerly the Partnership Board) will review the mooring strategy and will decide what consultation is required. CRT claims this sub-group will be “independent”. At the final meeting of the Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group in October 2011 it was agreed that the Local Waterway Partnership would review the mooring strategy. BW then unilaterally disbanded the Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group before its work was complete. However, at that point BW still intended to carry out a full public consultation.

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Continuous cruising report throws more light on BW/CRT unlawful enforcement strategy

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

An enforcement officer’s project that consisted of intensive enforcement action against a selected group of liveaboards without home moorings provides more information about CRT/BW’s enforcement strategy. The “Final Report into non-compliance of British Waterways Continuous Cruiser regulations on the South Oxford Canal” shows that CRT/BW is sending enforcement letters to boaters that are designed to pressure them to travel longer distances, without telling them what distance is considered acceptable to avoid enforcement action.

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