Posts Tagged ‘liveaboards’

Council’s Devizes Wharf plans will affect boaters – please attend meeting 18th September

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Wiltshire Council’s plans to develop land at Devizes Wharf will affect boaters. Plans for a footpath between Lock 50 and the Wharf Theatre could reduce mooring space and adversely impact all boaters. Please attend the Devizes Area Board meeting on 18th September and make your concerns known.

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If you have school age children, tell CRT you require a reduced cruising pattern in term time

Friday, September 8th, 2017

On 14th February 2017 the Waterways Ombudsman stated in a case report (Case no 933) that CRT intended in the coming weeks to publish “illustrative cruising patterns” for liveaboard boaters with school age children. In the Navigation Advisory Group meeting of 13th February 2017, former Head of Boating Mike Grimes stated: “We’re looking at putting together and publish soon some example compliant movement patterns that boaters with children could look at to help inform their movement patterns”.

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Wiltshire boat dwellers survey available on paper

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Paper copies of the Wiltshire Council boat dwellers survey are available for those who need them. You can collect a copy from Bradford on Avon, Devizes or Pewsey libraries. They will also be available on the Boaters’ Cafe Club outreach boat run by Julian House Gypsy, Traveller, Boater & Roma Community Support Service, which will be at Bradford Lower Wharf next Tuesday 5th September 12pm to 4pm. There may also be some distributed from boats in the Long Pound. Please pass this news on to anyone you know who might need it.

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Why car parking has become more important for liveaboards

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Please respond to Mead Lane consultation below

As liveaboard boaters without home moorings are being unlawfully forced by CRT to travel longer distances to avoid having our homes seized and removed, many of us have also been forced to use cars to get to work and take children to school, when previously we could rely on cycling and public transport. Many are now having to travel to work or school from places that are much further away, including rural Wiltshire and Berkshire, where public transport is poor or non-existent.

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CRT makes another vulnerable person homeless

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Yesterday (16th August 2017) CRT seized a boat that was a vulnerable person’s home using its powers under Sections 8 and 13 of the British Waterways Acts 1983 and 1971. The boat was craned out at Devizes Wharf at 11am and taken to an unknown location by road. There were 8 bailiffs and enforcement staff present.
UPDATE: It has been reported that the evicted person is now sleeping rough.

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Wiltshire Council to assess housing needs of boat dwellers – please complete survey by 30th September!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Wiltshire Council is carrying out an assessment of the housing needs of people who use a boat as their main home and is inviting boat dwellers both with and without a home mooring in Wiltshire to complete a survey. If you are permanently or temporarily in Wiltshire, or you travel through Wiltshire please take part. The survey is online and the Council is also going to make paper copies available. We will publicise how you can get a paper copy as soon as possible.

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K&A Boaters Action Group meeting, 14th August, Seend

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

The next meeting of the K&A Boaters’ Action Group will be on Monday August 14th 2017 at 7.30pm at the Brewery Inn, 69 Seend Cleeve, SN12 6PX – a short walk up the hill from locks 18 and 19. All are welcome. This meeting will focus on CRT’s consultation on changes to boat licensing. We also have 6 Boat Fire Safety Packs to give away (we can get more if people need them).

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Weil’s Disease – what canal users need to know

Monday, July 17th, 2017

The Julian House Travelling Community Support Service have written this excellent information leaflet about Weil’s Disease, and have persuaded CRT to put it on some of the notice boards on the K&A. You can download it here weils disease leaflet 2

We have Boat Fire Safety packs to give away!

Friday, July 7th, 2017

It’s summer – time to think about making sure your boat is fire safe for next winter! We have 10 Fire Safety packs for boaters who need them, from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. Call or text 07928 078208 or email info@boatingcommunity.org.uk to arrange to collect one.

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River Avon boaters needed to represent liveaboards at River Users Forum, 11th July, Saltford

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

A few more liveaboard boaters are needed to attend the River Avon Users Forum meetings to represent the boating community. The next meeting is on Tuesday 11th July at 7.30pm in Saltford Rowing Club, Bath Road, Saltford, BS31 3JS (next to Saltford Marina).

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