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Partnership tries to stop K&A being split in CRT restructuring

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The K&A could be split into two waterway regions with the western end to Froxfield being run from Gloucester and the eastern end managed from London, after CRT announced on 7th December 2017 that it would restructure its management. The K&A Waterway Partnership met CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry earlier this month to try to persuade CRT that running the K&A from two different offices would be disastrous for the canal and the people who live and work on it. Mr Parry heard their case but made no promises.

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Darlington Wharf bin compound did not have planning consent says K&A manager – but CRT to install bins at Newbury Wharf

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The removal of the bins at Darlington Wharf in Bath a month ago has inconvenienced boaters to such an extent that Julian House Travelling Community Support service met with Bath Waterspace Project Co-ordinator Cleo Newcombe-Jones today (15th February 2018) to discuss rubbish bins and overall facilities provision on the K&A within the BaNES Council area.

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Devizes, 19th February

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

There will be a Boat Fire Safety Talk at the Black Horse, Bath Road, Devizes SN10 2AU (between locks 47 and 48) on Monday 19th February 2018 at 7.30pm. There will also be one at the George in Bathampton on Monday 12th March.

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Boaters clear litter from K&A towpath

Monday, February 12th, 2018

A group of 10 live-aboard boaters cleared around 25 bags of litter from the K&A yesterday (Sunday 11th February). The team picked up rubbish from the towpath, hedges and ditches between Semington and Bradford on Avon Marina. The boaters also removed bulky items such as bicycles and rubble.

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Meeting to prepare for outcome of CRT licence review, 12th Feb, Semington

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group will be on Monday 12th February 2018 at 7.30pm at the Somerset Arms, High St, Semington BA14 6JR, a 5 minute walk south from the canal bridge. All are welcome. The meeting aims to plan what action to take if CRT announces an increase in licence fees for boats without a home mooring.

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Boaters’ towpath tidy, Semington to Hilperton, 11th February

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Liveaboard boaters are organising a towpath tidy between Semington and Hilperton on Sunday 11th February 2018. Everyone is welcome. Please join us at the canal bridge at Semington (160) at 11.30 am for an 11.45 am start. We aim to litterpick between Seend Park swing bridge (155) and Hilperton Marina. This is around a 3.5 mile stretch so we will need lots of people! 

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Spiderman supports the K&A boating community!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

We received this message from Pete and Sully in Wootton Rivers a while ago: “It’s not every day you meet a super hero, so imagine our surprise when my grandson came running in telling us Spiderman was on the lock gate at Brimslade. He is obviously on his holidays and supporting the Kennet and Avon boating community in their fight against injustice. Good on him”.

CRT drops Section 8 cases following Court of Appeal judgement

Friday, December 29th, 2017

CRT earlier this year stayed Section 8 cases against two boat dwellers without permanent moorings, Matthew Jones and Christopher McKendrick, following the Court of Appeal judgement in Matthew Jones’s favour on 7th March 2017, we can now reveal. The Consent Order sealed by Bristol County Court on 23rd May 2017 shows that CRT reached a settlement with Matthew Jones. Both Mr Jones and Mr McKendrick have now re-licensed their boats without a permanent mooring. Their homes are not now under threat of being seized by the charity. Both had been deemed by CRT not to have moved “far enough”.

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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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