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Aldermaston sanitary station to re-open on 1st March

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The sanitary station below Aldermaston lock is to re-open on 1st March 2017 according to CRT.

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BaNES boaters’ survey results published in full

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

BaNES Council Water Space Study has published the full results of its 2016 survey into the needs of liveaboard boaters in its area. You can read the full report here

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CRT Head of Boating quits after only 22 months

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Mike Grimes, Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) Head of Boating, has today announced his resignation from the post after only 22 months. Mike Grimes headed the boating team from August 2015. He joined CRT as Head of Business Boating in April 2015. He said he has “regrettably” decided to step down.

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More facilities and skips planned for K&A while CRT seeks review of Biffa contract

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

More facilities for boaters are planned on the K&A. In a meeting between K&A Manager Mark Evans and representatives of liveaboard boaters in which refuse and sewage disposal facilities, water taps and maintenance were discussed, Mr Evans said he was looking at providing an extra water tap on the eastern end of the canal, possibly at Thatcham.

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CRT makes changes to K&A visitor moorings without consultation

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

CRT’s Short Term Moorings Framework for Change published in March 2015 states that CRT will always consult users before making changes to visitor moorings, and also that any changes should be based on evidence of a need for the change that is being proposed. On the K&A, CRT has made changes to visitor moorings without any consultation at all and seemingly without any evidence that the changes are needed.

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The K&A is being dredged

Friday, November 25th, 2016

The K&A is actually being dredged. Well, not completely dredged, but spot dredged in some of the worst places.

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Boat Fire Safety talk, Avoncliff, 21st November and more to come

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

There will be a Boat Fire Safety talk at the Cross Guns in Avoncliff, on Monday 21st November 2016 at 7.30pm. The Fire Service will be giving out free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and showing people the best way to use them.

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Support from BaNES Council: more liveaboard boaters needed to help build on a positive start

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Boater Sam Worrall, who works for Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service, spoke at the BaNES council meeting on 15th September 2016 to explain the adverse effects of CRT’s unlawful enforcement against liveaboard boaters and the lack of facilities along the canal and River Avon. She asked the Council to recognise, support and consider liveaboard boaters in its policy and planning.

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Unpopular G&S enforcement officer sacked

Monday, October 24th, 2016

We have been informed that CRT enforcement officer Steve England was sacked in early September. We have no further details except that it was “something to do with a narrowboat called Shiraz”.

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Boats are Homes Protest, Devizes Wharf 4-8pm 15th September

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

On Thursday 15th September at 5pm, CRT Chief Richard Parry will launch a CRT publicity boat at Devizes Wharf SN10 1EB as part of the K&A Waterways Partnership AGM.

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