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BaNES Council votes to close Mead Lane moorings

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Despite verbal and written submissions to the Council meeting from liveaboard boaters, BaNES Council cabinet voted on on 16th January 2020 to close Mead Lane moorings on the River Avon and to carry out a structural survey of the river bank. The Council has ordered boaters to leave the moorings within 21 days of the decision, even though the Avon is in flood and has been on red boards since 10th January, with CRT advising boaters that it is not safe to navigate.

If you are moored at Mead Lane, DO NOT MOVE unless it is safe. You can check for any updates on river conditions by phoning CRT on 0303 040 4040 or email
enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk.
See also https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

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Julian House Travelling Community Support Service extended to Wiltshire – boater support worker job vacancy

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Wiltshire Council has just started a two-year project to tackle inequalities amongst Boaters, Gypsies and Travellers in Wiltshire. This is a partnership between Julian House and the Wiltshire Traveller Reference Group. Julian House is now recruiting for a Boater Outreach and Engagement Worker to cover Bradford on Avon to Devizes and beyond. If you are interested in applying for this part-time job, see https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/jobs.htm
People from the liveaboard boater community are encouraged to apply. The closing date is 12 noon on 27th January 2020.

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Boaters to address BaNES Council on Mead Lane moorings consultation report

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Liveaboard boaters will address BaNES Council on the importance of keeping the moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford open on Thursday 16th January 2020. The consultation report will be discussed by the Council’s cabinet at 7pm on 16th January at The Guildhall, Bath. The meeting is open to the public; Mead Lane moorings is item 15 on the agenda. The Council’s cabinet will take a final vote on which of the options outlined in the consultation report it will adopt.

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Mark Evans to become Wales and South West regional director

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

CRT announced on 21st November that Mark Evans, who was the K&A manager until 2018, has been appointed as Regional Director for Wales and the South West. He will take up his post in January 2020. 

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Boaters’ outreach cafe, Dundas, 3rd December

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

On Tuesday December 3rd 2019, the Boaters’ Outreach Cafe run by Julian House and Canal Ministries will be at Dundas Basin from 11am to 3pm on nb Litania.

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Honeystreet, 14th November

Monday, November 11th, 2019

There will be a Boat Fire Safety talk on Thursday 14th November 2019 at 6.30pm at the Barge Inn, Honeystreet, SN9 5PS. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be giving out free fire and CO alarms. More Boat Fire Safety talks are planned.

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You can vote without a fixed address – register by November 26th if you want to vote in the General Election on December 12th

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

There will be a General Election on December 12th 2019. If you live on a boat without a fixed address you can register to vote by declaring a local connection.The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election is 26th November 2019.

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Boat fire and stove safety talk, tonight, Bradford on Avon

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

There will be a Boat Fire and Stove Safety talk tonight, Tuesday 29th October 2019 at 6.30pm at the Lock Inn, Lower Wharf, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LE. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Floaty Boat Fund will be giving out free fire and CO alarms, rope seals and smoke pellets (for testing stoves). More Boat Fire and Stove Safety talks are planned.

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Boat seizure averted at 11th hour after NBTA intervention

Monday, October 28th, 2019

CRT attempted to seize a boat on the K&A on Wednesday 16th October after wrongly denying the boater the opportunity to license the boat. The seizure was prevented by the intervention of the Legal Officer of the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) Nick Brown, who spoke to the police, the boater and a CRT Solicitor on the phone during the attempt to remove the boat. The owner had locked himself inside the boat which had been chained to another boat. The seizure team had begun to tow the boat away despite knowing that the owner was inside the boat. The NBTA intervened after the police had threatened to arrest the boat owner if he did not leave the boat.

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Research into canal boat dwelling in London and South West England

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Professor Richard Yarwood (Plymouth University) and Dr Agatha Herman (Cardiff University) are carrying out research into Canal boat dwelling: Homes, Welfare and Mobile Citizenship on Britain’s Canals. They are particularly interested in issues around homes, families, welfare and citizenship and they would love to hear your stories as these will help them better understand the benefits and challenges you experience.

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