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CRT threatens legal action over hunting with dogs on K&A towpath

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Following complaints to CRT by concerned boaters and by the Wiltshire Hunt Saboteurs, CRT’s Legal Director has written to Avon Vale Hunt threatening legal action if the hunt continues to carry out hunting with dogs on the K&A towpath. The hunt was seen on the towpath at Horton last week and has also been seen at Bishops Cannings. Hounds have in the past killed boaters’ pets. If you see any trail hunting or foxhunting on the towpath, please report it to CRT – see https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/contact-us – and get photos or videos if possible.

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K&A online User Forum, 4th Nov, 6pm

Monday, October 25th, 2021

CRT is holding an online Kennet and Avon User Forum on Thursday 4th November at 6pm-7pm. The second half of the session will be a question and answer session. If you have a question you can raise it on the day but CRT also asks people to submit questions by email beforehand no later than Wednesday 27th October. Questions can be sent to enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Send your photos, videos or accounts of dangerous boat handling under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the Department for Transport before 1st November!

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) is running a consultation on strengthening enforcement against the dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft. The consultation mainly concerns the dangerous use of craft such as jetskis. However the DfT is also asking in Question 12 for respondents to submit documentary evidence that alcohol or drug use among recreational mariners is leading to safety concerns or an increased number of accidents or incidents.

The closing date is 1st November. Send your evidence (photos, videos or written descriptions) and any response to the consultation to maritimesafety@dft.gov.uk with the subject heading: Consultation on enforcement re dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft.

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Local MP’s fundraising canal walk

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan walked the 87-mile length of the K&A canal last weekend to help raise funds for a new building for Holt Pre-School. She completed the walk yesterday having raised around £6,400. The Chippenham constituency includes the K&A Canal from Dundas to Bowerhill. Michelle Donelan is the Minister of State for Higher and Further Education.

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CRT boat to collect boaters’ rubbish Bath to Bradford on Avon tomorrow

Monday, August 16th, 2021

A CRT work boat will collect bulky rubbish from boaters between Bath and Bradford on Avon tomorrow, Tuesday 17th August 2021, from 10am to 3pm. CRT staff and volunteers in uniform will also be litter picking on the towpath. CRT aims to provide this service every 3 months.

Oppose the Melksham bypass before 8th August!

Friday, July 30th, 2021

A new bypass for Melksham has been proposed that will completely destroy the countryside in the Seend valley and have a highly detrimental impact on the K&A canal environment. Please send your objections to MajorHighwaysProjects@wiltshire.gov.uk or write to Peter Binley, Head of Major Highway Projects, Wiltshire Council, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN or complete the online response form here
http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-a350-melksham-bypass.

Mead Lane Map

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Here we publish a map of the mooring area at Mead Lane that shows the 14-day area and the 48 hour moorings that have been removed and are now a ‘nature area’.

The Mead Lane Channel

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Maybe it’s time for us to start a Mead Lane channel, no sooner has a major victory been won as BANES are advised by the Judge that they would likely lose a judicial review than the residents take the law into their own hands again.

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CRT makes minor concessions on Licence Terms and Conditions

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

CRT has made minor changes to the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions (T&C) in response to the Pre-Action protocol letter of 31st May 2021 sent by the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA), but has not altered its position on the major issues that were challenged.

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CRT agrees not to enforce new Terms and Conditions for 14 days following legal challenge

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Following a pre-action protocol letter of 29th May 2021 challenging some of the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions, CRT has stated that it will not enforce the disputed terms until 16th June 2021. Lawyers for the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) sent a second pre-action protocol letter to CRT on 29th May, following the
publication by CRT of its revised Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.

The legal challenge was made possible by a crowdfunding appeal –
see https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/protect-boats-homes/

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