Posts Tagged ‘liveaboards’

Important boaters meeting next Monday 30th November to discuss CRT licence consultation

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

The K&A Boaters’ Action Group will be holding a telephone meeting on Monday 30th November 2020 at 7.30pm-9.30pm to discuss the current CRT consultation on changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions. We are very concerned that the proposals will have serious implications for all boaters but especially for liveaboards.

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Oppose CRT’s proposed changes to Boat Licence Terms and Conditions before 21st December

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

The CRT consultation on changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions ends on Sunday 21st December 2020. We think CRT’s proposals for changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions are unreasonable and unlawful. Both the National Association of Boat Owners and the National Bargee Travellers Association are extremely concerned about these proposed changes. Please respond if you can.

Below we publish an example response to the consultation. It is really important that the views of liveaboard boaters are represented in this consultation. If implemented, the proposals will drive some of our community off the water and into homelessness. Please complete the consultation questionnaire opposing these proposals. Your response will carry more weight if you can put it in your own words, however the example response is a guide. You can download a copy of the example response here Example response to CRT Licence T&C consultation 2020

Unfortunately CRT has decided that consultation responses can only be completed online here https://wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=159843204588

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CRT suspends 14-day rule in November Covid-19 lockdown

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

CRT has suspended enforcement of the 14-day rule between 5th November and 2nd December 2020 due to the Government announcement of a Covid-19 lockdown from Thursday 5 November.

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BaNES Council votes to close and relocate Mead Lane moorings by 2022

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

On 8th October, BaNES Council Cabinet voted unanimously to close the moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford, by November 2022 and relocate the 14-day mooring space. It is not clear what will happen if the Council is unable to find suitable land to relocate the moorings.

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BaNES to decide future of Mead Lane moorings on 8th October after survey finds no damage from boats

Monday, October 5th, 2020

In January 2020 BaNES Council attempted to close the 14-day moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford following a long campaign by local residents hostile to liveaboard boaters. Allegations were made that the mooring of boats had damaged the river bank. A decision was made to carry out a structural survey, which took place on 3rd September 2020. The survey by Atkins Global engineering consultancy found that there was no damage to the bank from moored boats.

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K&A Boaters’ Action Group postponed, watch this space for details of virtual meeting

Monday, October 5th, 2020

The K&A Boaters’ Action Group meeting that was scheduled for October has been postponed to December 2020, due to current limits on meetings and pub hours. We intend to hold a virtual meeting shortly. This will be either a phone conference or a Zoom meeting. Please watch this space.

If you need any information or advice about CRT enforcement against boaters without home moorings or any enforcement letters, texts or emails, please contact the Boaters’ Action Group at info@boatingcommunity.org.uk or 07928 078208. Under normal circumstances the group meets in person every 2 months on the second Monday at different places along the K&A. It aims to defend and promote the boating community on the K&A.

Update and how you can help boaters affected by Bath sinkings

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

The Floaty Boat Fund is raising money to help boaters affected by the sinkings and strandings on the River Avon following the failure of the Environment Agency’s (EA) sluice gate at Twerton on 15th September. While the fund cannot offer financial support to individuals, money raised will be used to provide appropriate support. You can donate here:

http://floatyboatfund.com

A friend of James, whose home was sunk, has started a fundraiser to help him repair his boat. You can donate here:

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/james039-lost-houseboat-fund

Boaters affected by the sinkings and strandings can claim compensation from the Environment Agency, who say that “If you believe you have a reasonable and legitimate claim please notify us via the following email address, with TWERTON INCIDENT as the subject”:

Estates-SW-Thames@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Further details of help for boaters affected by Bath sinkings

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The Environment Agency has this evening (17th September 2020) issued more information about the help available for boaters affected by the sinkings and strandings due to the sluice gate failure at Twerton in Bath. This includes details about what will be done to raise and inspect boats. Please see below.

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Help available for boaters affected by River Avon sinkings

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Help is available for the boaters affected by the sinkings and strandings on the River Avon in Bath on 15th September 2020, caused by the failure of the Environment Agency’s (EA) sluice gate at Twerton. Alice and Carla from Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be on site today 17th September to assist anyone who needs support. Contact Alice on 07960 097719 or Carla on 07539 926809. The EA and CRT will also be at Weston Lock today from 8am. If you have any concerns about water levels or the sluice gate, contact 0800 807060 24 hours a day.

CRT has contracted with River Canal Rescue to raise and free the sunk and stranded boats and they will be on site today to assess damage to each boat. The Police, Avon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, CRT and BaNES Council have also been on the spot to protect the boats, provide security and provide emergency accommodation (at YMCA Bath) or welfare support for those who need it. If you know anyone who has been affected please share this information with them as they may not have access to their phone, charger or laptop.

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Please give generously to repair Angel’s boat after sinking

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Boaters have launched an appeal to raise money to repair singer Angel Nash’s boat after it sank on 15th August after very heavy overnight rain, while she was asleep on board.

Angel managed to get off the boat with her dog and cat, but she has lost everything and the boat needs extensive repairs and refitting. Please give generously to the GoFundMe appeal which aims to raise £20,000. See https://www.gofundme.com/f/refloat-angel039s-boat?

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