Liveaboard boaters are invited to the Kennet & Avon Canal East Meeting on 27th June 2018 at 6pm for 6.30pm at Wilcot Village Hall. You are invited to bring cakes – there will be tea and cakes beforehand.
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Wiltshire Council is carrying out a consultation regarding the report on its 2017 survey of liveaboard boaters. Please comment by 29th June 2018. Your comments will help to shape the Council’s approach to planning for the accommodation needs for residential boaters. The report is online here http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-gypsy-travellers or you can download it here Wiltshire 2017-draft-boaters-survey-with-appendices
CRT is currently attempting to re-brand itself as an organisation promoting well-being. The purpose of the re-branding is to raise funds from local authorities and the NHS for the promotion of health and well-being of the general population. However CRT appears to have no intention of safeguarding the well-being of boat dwellers, even vulnerable ones.
CRT is currently carrying out a review of the visitor moorings between Devizes and Reading in a consultation exercise in which most of the user groups of the K&A are represented. Five meetings were held between August 2017 and March 2018. Proposals for any changes are due to be finalised this month, April 2018, and trialled for 12 months. During the trial, all boaters will have an opportunity to comment on the changes.
CRT announced on 6th March 2018 that it would not increase licence fees for boats without a home mooring. However there will be fee increases for widebeams and significant reductions in the prompt payment discount, which together will result in more liveaboard boaters struggling to pay the licence fee, more boats becoming unlicensed and more people losing their homes.
CRT’s report on the year-long consultation also stated that “a further review will be undertaken to establish how the significant growth in demand from boats without a home mooring in key locations can be addressed, to fairly reflect the benefit experienced by those boaters without a home mooring in London and other highly popular locations”. CRT stated that these ‘highly popular’ locations include Bath.
Julian House Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Outreach service is looking for a Casework Co-ordinator and would like applications from the liveaboard boating community. The closing date is this Tuesday March 20th. You can apply online here
The last Boat Fire Safety Talk of this winter will be on Monday 12th March 2018 at 7.30pm at the George Inn, on the K&A canal in Bathampton. The George is under new management. The talk will be in the function room at the back of the pub.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service will be giving comprehensive advice on how to make your boat as fire safe as possible and what to do in case of fire, including FREE smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.