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Coronavirus Support on the eastern K&A

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Whilst it has not yet been possible to set up dedicated support for liveaboard boaters on the eastern K&A during the coronavirus lockdown, there are some land based community support groups in that operate from Great Bedwyn eastwards.

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Benefits Telephone Surgery for K&A Boaters Tuesday and Friday 2 – 4 pm

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Many liveaboard boaters have been impacted financially by the current coronavirus crisis, and having to spend hours on hold to claim Universal Credit by phone or having online claim pages time out is causing extra stress. Waterways Chaplain Susan Stapleton is offering a Boater Benefits Telephone Surgery for liveaboards on the K&A who need support and advice with their claim.

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Food, fuel and chandlery during the lockdown

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Local liveaboards, waterway businesses and charities have joined together to keep supplies going to boaters during the coronavirus lockdown, including an extension of the Pay It Forward scheme where you can donate to cover the cost of fuel or food for someone who is struggling financially.

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Coronavirus: CRT extends boat licences by one month

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Canal & River Trust (CRT) is extending all private boat licences by one month in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

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Boat movement suspension extended to 9th May due to Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

CRT has extended its suspension of the 14-day rule until 9th May and has advised that only essential boat movements are permitted until at least this date. CRT’s winter visitor mooring time limits of 14 days unless signed otherwise are also extended until 9th May. No boat sightings will be taken during the period that boat movements are suspended. Boat Safety certificates that are about to expire or have recently expired are now extended until 11 May 2020.

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101 Non-Emergency Police Calls Free as of 1st April

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

The Home Office announced recently that the charge for calling the police non-emergency number 101 would be scrapped from 1st April 2020. You should now be able to call 101 free of charge.

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Coronavirus lockdown: boat movement suspension continues to 18th April

Monday, April 13th, 2020

The Government today (13th April 2020) announced that the coronavirus lockdown would not be lifted when it is reviewed later this week. This will have implications for boat movements. Due to the earlier Government announcement that the lockdown will continue until at least 18th April 2020, CRT has extended its suspension of the 14-day rule until 18th April and has advised boaters to only move their boats if it is essential.

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K&A’s French twin closes towpaths due to coronavirus

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Unlike the K&A, the local authority in Nièvre, France, has closed the towpaths of the Canal du Nivernais, which is twinned with the Kennet and Avon Canal. River towpaths and cycle trails are also closed.

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Visitor mooring and BSS limits extended but CRT refuses to close towpaths

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

CRT has extended the period that boaters can stay on some visitor moorings for 14 days due to the suspension of all but essential boat movements following the Government’s Covid-19 lock-down announcement. Where visitor moorings revert to 14 days in winter, this will now be extended up to 14th April, when CRT will review its suspension of the 14-day rule.

The Boat Safety Scheme is also allowing temporary extension to boat safety certificates for those boats that require an examination in the period up to 14th April. The notice from the Boat Safety Scheme is here NR20-001_COVID-19_BSS_Temporary_Suspension-FINAL

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Covid-19: CRT closes Caen Hill flight until further notice

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

CRT yesterday (24th March 2020) made the decision to close the Caen Hill flight between locks 29 and 44 until further notice as part of its response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, to protect its staff and ensure they are only sent to deal with the most critical tasks. The last boats were admitted at 10am yesterday.

The K&A is also closed at lock 52 at Wootton Rivers due to a broken gate, until further notice.

On Monday CRT suspended the 14-day rule until 14th April 2020 and boat sightings are not being taken during this period. This will be reviewed in mid-April.

CRT is also telling the public that if they use the towpath for their daily exercise or journey to undertake essential work, to avoid any stretches with boats moored against the towpath, and strictly observe social distancing at all times, following the latest advice from Government.

See https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

See also http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/crt-suspends-14-day-limit-until-mid-april-due-to-uk-coronavirus-lock-down/