Posts Tagged ‘continuous cruising’

CRT to re-brand as ‘wellbeing’ organisation

Friday, April 13th, 2018

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.

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Review of visitor moorings east of Devizes

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

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.

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K&A Boaters’ Action Group next meeting 9th April, Bathampton

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The K&A Boaters’ Action Group’s next meeting is on Monday 9th April 2018 at 7.30pm at the George Inn, Bathampton BA2 6TR, right on the canal at bridge 183. All are welcome.

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Licence review outcome threatens return of discredited local mooring strategies

Monday, March 19th, 2018

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.

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Gypsy, Traveller and Boater Outreach Job at Julian House: closing date Tuesday 20th March

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

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
https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/jobs.htm

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Bathampton, 12th March

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

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.

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Darlington Wharf bin compound did not have planning consent says K&A manager – but CRT to install bins at Newbury Wharf

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The removal of the bins at Darlington Wharf in Bath a month ago has inconvenienced boaters to such an extent that Julian House Travelling Community Support service met with Bath Waterspace Project Co-ordinator Cleo Newcombe-Jones today (15th February 2018) to discuss rubbish bins and overall facilities provision on the K&A within the BaNES Council area.

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Boat Fire Safety Talk, Devizes, 19th February

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

There will be a Boat Fire Safety Talk at the Black Horse, Bath Road, Devizes SN10 2AU (between locks 47 and 48) on Monday 19th February 2018 at 7.30pm. There will also be one at the George in Bathampton on Monday 12th March.

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Meeting to prepare for outcome of CRT licence review, 12th Feb, Semington

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group will be on Monday 12th February 2018 at 7.30pm at the Somerset Arms, High St, Semington BA14 6JR, a 5 minute walk south from the canal bridge. All are welcome. The meeting aims to plan what action to take if CRT announces an increase in licence fees for boats without a home mooring.

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CRT drops Section 8 cases following Court of Appeal judgement

Friday, December 29th, 2017

CRT earlier this year stayed Section 8 cases against two boat dwellers without permanent moorings, Matthew Jones and Christopher McKendrick, following the Court of Appeal judgement in Matthew Jones’s favour on 7th March 2017, we can now reveal. The Consent Order sealed by Bristol County Court on 23rd May 2017 shows that CRT reached a settlement with Matthew Jones. Both Mr Jones and Mr McKendrick have now re-licensed their boats without a permanent mooring. Their homes are not now under threat of being seized by the charity. Both had been deemed by CRT not to have moved “far enough”.

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