Continuous Cruisers

The original reason this website was set up, the campaign by British Waterways to remove all liveaboard boaters from the Kennet and Avon who have no permanent mooring. The so-called continuous cruisers.

What to do if CRT tell you your boat has not been sighted in enough “neighbourhoods” in three months

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

This month, many boaters received a letter from CRT alleging that their boat was sighted in less than the “required” number of “neighbourhoods” between Bath and Foxhangers during the three months from June to August 2014. These letters amount to harassment. The K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan was proposed and consulted on as a voluntary agreement, and therefore CRT cannot now state that boaters are “required” to travel through a specific number of “neighbourhoods”. One of the letters is pictured below.

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Volunteer enforcer harasses liveaboard without home mooring

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

A volunteer mooring ranger told a boater without a home mooring recently that “You are one of those continuous cruisers that won’t follow the rules”, demonstrating a prejudiced attitude that is contrary to the job description for these volunteers.

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BaNES Council publishes Phone Book for Gypsies and Travellers

Friday, August 8th, 2014

BaNES Council has recently published the Phone book for gypsy and travelling families living in Bath and North East Somerset. The handbook contains information about health, education and other services that liveaboard boaters may need to use. You can download the handbook here

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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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CRT to inform boaters of Towpath Mooring Plan after Easter but no long term clarity

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

CRT is to contact boaters on the K&A after Easter to inform them of what they need to do to follow the Towpath Mooring Plan.

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NABO drops opposition to roving mooring permits while CRT CEO says the permits will not be available nationally

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In a meeting between CRT and the National Association of Boat Owners (NABO) on 14th January, NABO stated that “Putting the legal arguments to one side, NABO, as a policy decision, are happy for the pilot [roving mooring permit] operation to proceed and will monitor a) its success and b) its effect, if any, on other boaters and the availability of moorings. NABO feels that at least a roving mooring permit is a compassionate attempt to resolve a problem which has been allowed to get out of control. NABO will at this time raise no legal objections during this process but would suggest that the effectiveness of the roving mooring permits is monitored at 6 and 12 month intervals and NABO would like to be party to the findings”.

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Another local government report condemns CRT’s treatment of liveaboards without moorings

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

This time it’s the London Assembly, which held an inquiry into boats and mooring on London’s waterways earlier this year. The report, published last week, condemns CRT for its failure to provide adequate water, sanitary and rubbish disposal facilities for the increased number of liveaboard boaters without home moorings in London.

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BaNES Council report condemns CRT failure to meet equalities obligations

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A report published by Bath and NE Somerset Council has recommended that the Council should not endorse the CRT Local Mooring Strategy for the western K&A unless and until the Council is satisfied that it is compliant with CRT’s legal obligations under the Equality Act and the Mooring Strategy will not conflict with Council policy.

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And now, from the boaters who brought Roving Mooring Permits to the Grand Union..

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

… the Association of Continuous Cruisers (ACC), an organisation that aims to “raise the profile of the compliant continuous cruiser” according to one of its founder members.

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BaNES recommendations on boat dwellers to be published in July

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

 The Task and Finish group set up by BaNES Council to assess how liveaboard boaters should be included in the Council’s strategies on Travellers and Housing has almost completed its report.

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