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K&A boater wins Article 8 case against CRT in Court of Appeal in landmark judgement for boat dwellers

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

K&A boater Matthew Jones yesterday won his appeal against CRT’s attempt to strike out the Article 8 elements of his defence against eviction from CRT’s waterways under Section 8 of the British Waterways Act 1983. The case will now be remitted back to Bristol County Court where Mr Jones will be able to put his Article 8 arguments in full. Mr Jones’s solicitor Community Law Partnership writes:

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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 unlawfully set minimum distance of “15 to 20 miles” after denying any such statement exists

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

In a statement on Facebook late on Friday 6th March, CRT stated that boats without a home mooring must travel a minimum range in excess of 15 to 20 miles in order to comply with Section 17 (3)(c)(ii) of the British Waterways Act 1995.

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CRT set minimum distance – without telling us what it is

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Yesterday CRT announced that from 1st May 2015 that it is extending its “new continuous cruiser” enforcement process to all boats licensed without a home mooring. It declared that it would refuse to renew the licences of the boats that have moved the least over their licence year unless they obtain a home mooring, and that boats that travel further but whose movement falls short of the movement required by Section 17 3 c ii of the British Waterways Act 1995 would only have their licences renewed for a short period and if their movement was still not considered adequate, they too would be forced to take a mooring or CRT would refuse to renew their licence. Yet CRT has not stated what it means by boats that move the least, and neither has it disclosed what distance it considers acceptable.

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Voter registration is changing

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Liveaboard boaters without a fixed address can register to vote by declaring a local connection. The form to use has changed and requires more information such as your date of birth and National Insurance number. This change has been made because of the move to individual voter registration, rather than household registration. Boat dwellers with no fixed address have always needed to register individually so the change is not so great for us.

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Last Request of retiring Head of Boating: our analysis of the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Here we bring you our analysis of the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan. We start with the issue of what will happen when the 12-month trial period ends on 1st May 2015, because CRT’s statements about this indicate that something is amiss with the policy of Local Mooring Strategies.

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Interim 12-month local plan for western K&A starts today

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The interim 12-month local plan for the K&A between Bath and Foxhangers starts today, 1st May 2014. We publish the information that was emailed to boaters on the K&A yesterday below and we will publish our analysis of the legality of this plan soon.

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Local Mooring Strategy to start on 1st May for trial 12 months

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

CRT today published its final decision on the Towpath Mooring Plan for the K&A between Bath top lock and Lower Foxhangers (Devizes). The finalised plan includes a number of unlawful elements and others that contradict CRT’s stated aim of providing clear local mooring guidance.

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Mooring strategy consultation starts today – boaters meetings planned

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The consultation on the local mooring strategy for the Kennet and Avon west of Devizes will run from today Friday 30th August 2013 until Friday 29th November 2013. Electronic copies of the consultation response form will be sent to all holders of boat licences who are on the K&A where CRT holds their email address. Where no email contact exists CRT has agreed to send a paper copy to the address that you use for your boat licence.  If you don’t receive a copy, paper copies will also be available from the following places:

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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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