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Outreach boat at Bathampton, 5th December

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat Litania will be at Bathampton Wharf next Tuesday 5th December 2017 from 12 noon to 4pm.

Come and be crafty and make some colourful woolly things to yarnbomb along the canal at a later event in early spring! Clare Brown will be running the workshop, aimed at liveaboard boaters who would like support with wellbeing and mindfulness.

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Outreach boat at Dundas, 7th November: paper copies of CRT licence consultation and spoken word/ poetry workshop available!

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat will be at Dundas basin next Tuesday 7th November 2017 from 12 noon to 4pm. The main attraction is a spoken word and poetry workshop with Dru Marland. The workshop is aimed at boaters who would like support with wellbeing and mindfulness. The loose theme of the workshop will be “outsiders”.

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Important – please respond to CRT’s boat licensing review consultation by 18th December 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Boaters may have received an email or a letter from CRT with a link for the consultation questionnaire for CRT’s review of boat licensing.

This consultation contains two proposals to increase the cost of a boat licence without a home mooring. There is no legal justification for this. Increasing the licence fee for boaters without a home mooring will drive some of our community off the canal and into homelessness.

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Council’s Devizes Wharf plans will affect boaters – please attend meeting 18th September

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Wiltshire Council’s plans to develop land at Devizes Wharf will affect boaters. Plans for a footpath between Lock 50 and the Wharf Theatre could reduce mooring space and adversely impact all boaters. Please attend the Devizes Area Board meeting on 18th September and make your concerns known.

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Outreach boat at Bradford on Avon, Tuesday 5th September

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

The Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat Litania will be at the lower wharf in Bradford on Avon on Tuesday 5th September 2017 from 12pm to 4pm. Paper copies of the Wiltshire liveaboard boaters’ survey will be available.

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Wiltshire boat dwellers survey available on paper

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Paper copies of the Wiltshire Council boat dwellers survey are available for those who need them. You can collect a copy from Bradford on Avon, Devizes or Pewsey libraries. They will also be available on the Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat run by Julian House Gypsy, Traveller, Boater & Roma Community Support Service, which will be at Bradford Lower Wharf next Tuesday 5th September 12pm to 4pm. There may also be some distributed from boats in the Long Pound. Please pass this news on to anyone you know who might need it.

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Why car parking has become more important for liveaboards

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Please respond to Mead Lane consultation below

As liveaboard boaters without home moorings are being unlawfully forced by CRT to travel longer distances to avoid having our homes seized and removed, many of us have also been forced to use cars to get to work and take children to school, when previously we could rely on cycling and public transport. Many are now having to travel to work or school from places that are much further away, including rural Wiltshire and Berkshire, where public transport is poor or non-existent.

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Floating market in Newbury 26th-28th August

Monday, August 21st, 2017

There will be a floating market on the K&A in Newbury over the August bank holiday weekend. It will take place at Victoria Park from 10am to 6pm between 26th and 28th August.

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CRT makes another vulnerable person homeless

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Yesterday (16th August 2017) CRT seized a boat that was a vulnerable person’s home using its powers under Sections 8 and 13 of the British Waterways Acts 1983 and 1971. The boat was craned out at Devizes Wharf at 11am and taken to an unknown location by road. There were 8 bailiffs and enforcement staff present.
UPDATE: It has been reported that the evicted person is now sleeping rough.

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Wiltshire Council to assess housing needs of boat dwellers – please complete survey by 30th September!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Wiltshire Council is carrying out an assessment of the housing needs of people who use a boat as their main home and is inviting boat dwellers both with and without a home mooring in Wiltshire to complete a survey. If you are permanently or temporarily in Wiltshire, or you travel through Wiltshire please take part. The survey is online and the Council is also going to make paper copies available. We will publicise how you can get a paper copy as soon as possible.

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