Canal & River Trust (CRT) is holding its Annual Public Meeting in Birmingham on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 10:30 to 12:30. All boat licence holders, customers, waterway users and members of the public can attend. The meeting will be held at the Kingston Theatre, Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP.
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The Chief Executive of Wadworths Brewery, Chris Welham, has refused to re-instate the boaters’ rubbish bins at the Bridge Inn, Horton following a complaint. Boaters have now started an online petition calling on both Wadworths and Canal & River Trust to re-instate the bins.
Please sign, share, tweet and email sign the petition https://chn.ge/2nQhX6F
Fight the closure of facilities at Horton Bridge: please come to K&A Boaters’ Action Group, Devizes, 13th AugustThursday, August 9th, 2018
If you are concerned about the closure of boaters’ facilities at the Bridge Inn, Horton, come to the K&A Boaters’ Action Group in Devizes next Monday 13th August 2018. See
CRT’s review of visitor moorings between Devizes and Reading has now finished and the proposals for change have been finalised. A 12-month trial/ consultation period has begun. If any changes have an adverse effect on liveaboard boaters it’s really important that we make this clear to CRT. Send your comments to CRT or make a formal complaint.
Wiltshire Council is carrying out a consultation regarding the report on its 2017 survey of liveaboard boaters. Please comment by 29th June 2018. Your comments will help to shape the Council’s approach to planning for the accommodation needs for residential boaters. The report is online here http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-gypsy-travellers or you can download it here Wiltshire 2017-draft-boaters-survey-with-appendices
A group of volunteers who run the Claverton Pumping Station recently started a campaign to prevent CRT from selling the engineman’s cottage on the site due to the risk that the heritage building would be altered beyond recognition or even demolished. However despite an online petition with 599 signatures, the volunteers reluctantly announced that their campaign was at an end. This is the joint statement today (21st May 2018) from CRT, the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, and the Claverton Volunteers:
CRT is currently attempting to re-brand itself as an organisation promoting well-being. The purpose of the re-branding is to raise funds from local authorities and the NHS for the promotion of health and well-being of the general population. However CRT appears to have no intention of safeguarding the well-being of boat dwellers, even vulnerable ones.
CRT is currently carrying out a review of the visitor moorings between Devizes and Reading in a consultation exercise in which most of the user groups of the K&A are represented. Five meetings were held between August 2017 and March 2018. Proposals for any changes are due to be finalised this month, April 2018, and trialled for 12 months. During the trial, all boaters will have an opportunity to comment on the changes.