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Please comment on Wiltshire Council liveaboard boaters survey report by 29th June

Monday, June 4th, 2018

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

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K&A manager made redundant in CRT restructuring

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Mark Evans, who has been the manager of the Kennet and Avon Canal since April 2015, will lose his job as a result of CRT restructuring.

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CRT to sell Claverton engineman’s cottage despite campaign to save it

Monday, May 21st, 2018

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:

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CRT to re-brand as ‘wellbeing’ organisation

Friday, April 13th, 2018

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.

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K&A will not be split in CRT restructuring

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

CRT announced in the last few days that the K&A will not be split between two regions in the charity’s ongoing restructuring, as was originally proposed. The waterway will be incorporated as a whole into the new Wales and South West Region.

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Review of visitor moorings east of Devizes

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

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.

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Outreach boat and Health Visitor at Bathampton Wharf, 3rd April

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat Litania will be at Bathampton Wharf on Tuesday 3rd April from 12 noon to 4pm. The Health Visitor for travelling communities will be on board.

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Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Outreach Job at Julian House: closing date Tuesday 20th March

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Julian House Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Outreach service is looking for a Casework Co-ordinator and would like applications from the liveaboard boating community. The closing date is this Tuesday March 20th. You can apply online here
https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/jobs.htm

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Boaters invited to community defibrillator training, Bedwyn, 15th March

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Liveaboard boaters are invited to a Community Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training session in Great Bedwyn Village Hall, Frog Lane, Great Bedwyn on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 6.45pm for a 7.15pm start.

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Bathampton, 12th March

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

The last Boat Fire Safety Talk of this winter will be on Monday 12th March 2018 at 7.30pm at the George Inn, on the K&A canal in Bathampton. The George is under new management. The talk will be in the function room at the back of the pub.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service will be giving comprehensive advice on how to make your boat as fire safe as possible and what to do in case of fire, including FREE smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

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