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.
The Council is holding local consultation sessions tomorrow, Tuesday 12th September from 9am to 4pm at the Wharf Theatre; on Thursday 14th September from 9am to 3pm in Devizes Market, and on Monday 18th September from 5pm to 6:30pm, immediately before the Devizes Area Board meeting at the new Community Hub in Devizes Library, Sheep St, Devizes.
We encourage all boaters to make their concerns know by attending the Area Board meeting or the consultation sessions, or by emailing Cabinet member for Economic Development and Housing Councillor Chuck Berry – firstname.lastname@example.org or the Devizes Area Board Support Officer Libby Johnstone email@example.com
In particular, the Council needs to know that Section 124 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 means that the Council must assess and meet the needs of people living on boats in its area and that any plans that reduce available temporary and permanent mooring space will conflict with the Council’s duty under this Act.
(the above link lists all the members of Devizes Area Board)