A reminder of the meeting next week – you do want to be there don’t you? Email if you want a lift or can offer a lift.
Questions that require a written answer should be submitted in advance of the meeting to the new Kennet and Avon manager Mark Stephens, firstname.lastname@example.org and it would be advisable to get them in sharpish.
We have had word of a few of the questions to be asked, these are listed here;
“Please can the representative’s of British Waterways provide a point by point explanation of the issues they are trying to address at the western end of The K & A with their new mooring policy as detailed in the current national consultation.”
A question concerning the recent exchange between a liveaboard boater and Martin Skinner reported here
Read the question
How many boats have been identified between Semington and Bath as fitting BW’s profile of boats without home moorings that make insufficient movement to satisfy the ‘continuous cruising guidelines’?
Given that one of the intentions of the new local moorings plan is to prevent those boats continuing to follow their current patterns of navigation, what outcome would British Waterways like to see for these boats and their liveaboard owners and what outcome has British Waterways predicted to be the outcome of these plans.
A meeting took place between the parish councils of Bathampton, Claverton and Monkton Combe together with a small number of canalside residents on 10th September 2009. The minutes of the meeting were sent to Sally Ash.
A quote from the meeting under the heading “Parish councils’ perspective on canal issues.“ of is appended below;
The popular western end of the the canal form Bath to Bradford-on-Avon has
suffered ‘ neglect, abuse and inappropriate development‘ , principally from a
minority of liveaboard’ boaters who by default, have come to believe that they have the right to:-
* freely dispose of human waste and every other manner of trash in whatever location they choose
* threaten anyone who chooses to call attention to the situation.
I would like to know what action British Waterways has taken regarding these allegations of serious criminal offences (highlighted in bold)?
Also I would like to know whether British Waterways has involved the Environment Agency and the Police in investigating these allegations.
I have heard that one of the problems highlighted by the residents of Bathampton is the number of camper vans and cars owned by boat owners long-term parked in the lane by the school.
I have also heard that British Waterway own, or have rights to, part of the large gravel car park behind the George pub.
Can you confirm whether BW does have an interest in this car park?
If yes then can BW encourage boaters to use this car park instead of the lane?
If no then can British Waterways, as part of their initiatives with Bathampton Parish Council make enquiries and proposals such that this car park could be used in this way?
I believe that this would go a long way to address all but the most scurrilous of complaints made by Bathampton residents.