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CRT Annual Meeting 26th September – book your place now!

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

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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Wadworths refuse to re-instate Horton Bridge bins – please sign petition!

Friday, August 24th, 2018

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

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Fight the closure of facilities at Horton Bridge: please come to K&A Boaters’ Action Group, Devizes, 13th August

Thursday, 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
http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/ka-boaters-action-group-next-meeting-13th-august-devizes/

The Action Group will plan what we need to do to reverse the closures.

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Review of visitor moorings east of Devizes now on 12 month trial/ consultation period

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

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.

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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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