Posts Tagged ‘British Waterways’

BW had shares in hire boat company

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Further evidence of the improper relationship between BW and hire boat companies has come to light. The annual return of Drifters Leisure Ltd shows that BW held shares in the company. CRT Head of Boating Sally Ash has been a director of Drifters since 2004.

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Boaters’ Voices update

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The Boaters’ Voices project run by Wiltshire Council has held several meetings. The first meeting in Devizes on 27th February was attended by 45 or so people, who discussed in small groups the many positive and negative points about living on the K&A.

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K and A Boaters set up “Core Group”

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

A Core Group of K and A boaters held its first meeting on May 2nd in Bradford on Avon. The group’s aims are to keep informed of relevant information and developments that affect liveaboard boaters on the K and A;

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BW to take enforcement action against all boats travelling less than 30km

Friday, May 25th, 2012

BW’s internal Licensing and Enforcement management reports between June 2011 and March 2012 show that BW has set a target for “all boats not moving at least 30km during their contract period to be within enforcement process “. The reports were obtained by a Freedom of Information request.

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Stoppage at Whaddon to investigate leak

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

The canal is closed until further notice; BW have posted the following message about the emergency stoppage at Whaddon:

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K and A User group meeting 3rd May

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The next Kennet and Avon Canal  User Group Meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 7pm to 9pm at the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust office, The Wharf, Devizes.

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Three new pages for our web site

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Kennet and Avon Boating Community has added three new pages to the web site –  Report BW Abuse, K&A Nature Watch and Useful Contacts.

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Oxford boaters under threat

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Boat dwellers in Oxford are under threat from a group called the Unlawfully Moored Boats Enforcement Group, made up of Oxford City Council, the Environment Agency, British Waterways and Thames Valley Police. Oxford City Council has just given this group £44,000.

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Tell the Waterways Minister what you think!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Waterways Minister Richard Benyon has issued a Red Tape Challenge asking the public which  aspects of waterways legislation should be repealed. He wants people to respond before 23rd March 2012. You can respond on the web site
or you can send a private submission to the Red Tape Team at

In order to protect boat dwellers from homelessness, we believe that the following laws should be repealed:

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BW and Councils at odds over turbidity

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

A row has been simmering since the Spring about the problem of turbidity on the eastern K and A. Wiltshire Councillors have accused BW of violating the Heritage Lottery Fund contract after BW agreed with Natural England not to issue any more hire boat licences on the eastern end of the canal.

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