All enforcement cases involving boaters who are ill will be personally scrutinised by CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry. This was announced following an online petition that nearly 4,500 people have signed. The petition calls on CRT to stop evicting boat dwellers who are disabled, elderly or vulnerable. You can read the petition and sign it here
The petition also calls on CRT to meet its obligations under the Equality Act 2010, something that it appears unwilling to do, which is the reason that BaNES Council will not work with CRT or endorse its Towpath Mooring Plan for the K&A.
Despite being entitled to stay longer than 14 days in one place if it is reasonable in the circumstances, liveaboard boaters without home moorings on the K&A have been subject to enforcement in situations where they have been seriously ill, injured, hospitalised or have disabilities that prevent them from cruising in the way that an able-bodied person can. CRT recently agreed that one disabled boater can have the ‘reasonable adjustments’ that they are entitled to under the Equality Act, but the boater reports that CRT has not fully implemented the measures that it agreed to take.