Posts Tagged ‘Mark Evans’

Visitor moorings at Seend bottom lock shortened following complaint

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Following a complaint to K&A Manager Mark Evans, CRT has reduced the 48-hour visitor moorings below Seend bottom lock (lock 17) to the length recommended by the Kennet and Avon Visitor Mooring Review – Bath to Foxhangers in March 2015.

Despite a number of boaters contacting CRT about this, it took more than 7 months for the error to be corrected. The error was first reported to CRT in July 2016.

Earlier in 2016, CRT put up signs at the visitor moorings below lock 17 that extended these 48-hour visitor moorings by approximately 200 metres westward from the western end of the purpose-built length of visitor moorings right up to the culvert.

This was contrary to the Visitor Mooring Review, which recommended that this length of visitor mooring should be shortened so that it only covered the stretch with mooring rings. The remaining space should have reverted to 14 days in July 2015 for a trial period until September 2015.

This was done without any consultation with users which is contrary to CRT’s Short Term Moorings Framework for Change dated March 2015, which states on page 1 that before making any changes to visitor moorings, waterway managers should:

“Conduct quantitative monitoring of craft that use the mooring and local area over a length of time, taking into account various factors including time of day, time of year, weather and other such influencing factors

Consult with all those potentially affected by any changes, from local & visiting boaters to local retailers including marina operators and the hire boat industry

Pilot the potential changes over a period of time gathering data and feedback, allowing the proposals to be amended as required

Inform visitors and those affected of any changes in a meaningful, clear and consistent way that ensures confusion is avoided”.

There was no evidence that any of the above steps had been followed by CRT before making the change.

Although the complaint has been remedied, CRT has yet to explain either why the Short Term Moorings Framework for Change was not followed or provided proof that these steps were followed and that the evidence gathered justified the change that was made last year.

The correct location of the visitor moorings - from this point to the lock

The correct location of the visitor moorings – from this point to the lock

See also

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/crt-makes-changes-to-ka-visitor-moorings-without-consultation/

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/visitor-mooring-review-recommendations-to-be-trialled-from-july-to-october-send-your-comments-now/

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/liveaboards-secure-representation-in-bath-devizes-visitor-mooring-review/

http://kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk/visitor-moorings-to-become-14-days-in-winter/

More facilities and skips planned for K&A while CRT seeks review of Biffa contract

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

More facilities for boaters are planned on the K&A. In a meeting between K&A Manager Mark Evans and representatives of liveaboard boaters in which refuse and sewage disposal facilities, water taps and maintenance were discussed, Mr Evans said he was looking at providing an extra water tap on the eastern end of the canal, possibly at Thatcham.

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The K&A is being dredged

Friday, November 25th, 2016

The K&A is actually being dredged. Well, not completely dredged, but spot dredged in some of the worst places.

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Skip at All Cannings this weekend 30th-31st July

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

There will be a skip at All Cannings in the Long Pound this weekend, 30th to 31st July.

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Rubbish skip for Dundas, 27th to 29th May

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

K&A Manager Mark Evans has arranged for a skip for Friday 27th May at Dundas. The skip will be left there for the weekend.

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A rubbish announcement from Mark Evans

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

K&A Manager Mark Evans would like to know where and when boaters would like CRT to put a skip for boaters’ larger items of rubbish, such as boat interiors or old deck boards and rubbish collected from towpath tidy days.

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K&A Users Forum, Devizes, 24th May

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The K&A Users Forum will take place in the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes SN10 1HS on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 6.30pm to 8.30pm (doors open 6pm). This is an open meeting and all waterway users are invited.

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Waterway Manager apologises

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Waterway Manager Mark Evans has apologised to the K&A boaters action group after the group contacted him to express concern about remarks made by some volunteer lock keepers and visitor mooring rangers. We publish the correspondence below:

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Boater starts petition for better K&A facilities

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Boater Andrew Pinney has started a petition calling on CRT to carry out a comprehensive review of sanitary, water and rubbish facilities on the K&A, which he says are much worse than on most other CRT waterways. You can sign the petition here

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K&A Users Forum to meet in Woolhampton, 28th April

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The K&A Users Forum (previously the User Group Meeting) will take place in Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Rd, Woolhampton RG7 5RE on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 6.30pm (doors open 6pm). This is a departure from the practice of recent years of holding all these meetings in Devizes.

Recent user group meetings have been attended by a number of liveaboard boaters, which has enabled us to raise issues that concern us and also helped to improve the relationship between liveaboard boaters and other waterway users. We encourage liveaboard boaters to attend. This will be an opportunity to meet the new K&A Manager Mark Evans who is due to start work on April 13th.

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For more information about the meeting, contact Alison Jordan, CRT Customer Support Co-ordinator, on 01380 737907, email alison.jordan@canalrivertrust.org.uk. There may be lifts going – contact 07928 078208 or info@boatingcommunity.org.uk if you can offer or need a lift.