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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 that the residents take the law into their own hands again.

So, first the good news, that I will quote wholesale from Blanche Cameron’s post on the London Boaters – We are These People Facebook Group;

Total respect to the amazing, funny, inspiring Becki Snarl in Saltford, Bath on the River Avon who just won a judicial review she brought herself alone, but benefiting hundreds of other boaters, families, disabled and below poverty line.

Becki said “This has taken a lot of time and energy but I made a legal challenge to Bath Council, who had tried to remove some important moorings on the River Avon, due to the unfounded complaints of a minority of bigoted residents with nothing better to do, and I won!

The judge ordered the council to rethink their decision as they had not listened to the results of the expensive consultation and engineer’s survey that they commissioned, or consulted with a single boater, or we would go to court. Either they saw sense, or more likely were advised that they did not have a legal leg to stand on. And we can now moor there all year round.

Although this is not over, as the residents will stop at nothing, and the issue has become political within Bath council, this is a real victory for the little people. Whilst the boaters are more busy meeting their hierarchy of needs than the retirees in the million pound houses, it shows that we still have the intelligence and where with all to stand up to injustice and the erosion of our rights to this perfectly legitimate and legal life style. Don’t fuck with us!

I couldn’t have done this without The community Law Partnership and Avril Mc Govern

And Becki wrote today, “Community Law Partnership with Chris Johnson were instrumental. They specify in helping travellers. Plus I was lucky enough to get QC Jamie Burton who’s done loads for human rights including working on the Grenfell inquiry.”

Looks like the Community Law Partnership might also be looking for boaters who will be affected by the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill due to come in in the autumn.

And, as Becki says “the residents will stop at nothing” so here’s the bad news

As reported by a boater moored at Mead Lane on Saturday, “As today new signs “No Mooring” were installed. All of us moored here are quite confused by this action. Don’t know how to approach this. Could you please shine some light on this.”

At the very least this is harassment and possibly contempt of court (although as BANES withdrew their claim, it’s probably not). But, if it hasn’t already been done, can someone go and remove them please. Looks like a bit of treated batten might be useful for something. Maybe the signs could be repurposed, suggestion: “NO HARASSMENT”, and attached to the resident’s garden gates

 

 

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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Second dose Covid-19 vaccination clinic by boat from 14th May

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

From Friday 14th May 2021, the Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running second dose Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat. Please spread the word to anyone who may not have seen the message on this web site or on Facebook.

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Resist the criminalisation of trespass – write to your MP

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Friends, Families and Travellers has launched a new tool to support Gypsies, Travellers and members of the public to write to their MP to register their concerns about the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. This new law will criminalise both peaceful protest and the nomadic way of life.

The Bill proposes extremely harsh legislation to criminalise trespass, which will criminalise Travellers living on roadside camps and is likely to impact upon everyone who is or wishes to live nomadically by culture, choice or necessity, including liveaboard boaters without a home mooring. 

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Please give generously to crowdfunder for challenge to CRT Boat Licence Terms and Conditions proposals

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

A coalition of concerned boaters and groups including the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) is crowdfunding to start the process of a legal challenge to CRT’s proposals to change the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.

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Boat movement has resumed as of 12th April

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Boat movement and mooring enforcement resumed yesterday 12th April 2021 as the Coronavirus lockdown continued to be eased. CRT has stated that boaters without a home mooring have 14 days from yesterday to move from the place where they were moored during the lockdown, meaning that they need to have moved by 26th April to avoid any enforcement action.

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Boat Safety Scheme Survey

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

The Boat Safety Scheme is running a survey between 15th March and 9th April 2021. The survey seeks boaters’ views on certain safety installations such as smoke alarms and whether these should be required to pass the Boat Safety examination.

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Recent challenges and threats to Roving Canal Traders

Friday, March 26th, 2021

A number of liveaboard boaters on the K&A are Roving Canal Traders. Roving Traders have been facing problems with local authorities recently regarding their trading activities. Nevil Ingram of Justice for Roving Canal Traders writes:

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There’s still time to do the Census

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

The deadline for completing the 2021 Census is the end of April, and the Census telephone helpline has added a special line for people living on boats or in caravans, vans, tents or other transient accommodation. This follows the severe difficulties that some liveaboard boaters experienced trying to get a Unique Access Code to do the census online. You can now call the Census helpline and select option 4 .

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