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.
Following from their recent letter to all boaters without a home mooring telling them they are expected to move ‘a certain distance’ without specifying that distance, some boaters have written to CRT seeking clarification about how far they should move. We are pleased to report that CRT have responded to those boaters with clear guidance. We reproduce their reply below;
What to do if CRT tell you your boat has not been sighted in enough “neighbourhoods” in three monthsWednesday, 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.
NABO drops opposition to roving mooring permits while CRT CEO says the permits will not be available nationallyFriday, 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”.