Posts Tagged ‘NABO’

Lies, damned lies and CRT boat sightings

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

A boater has carried out an evaluation of the statistics on boat movement in CRT’s first quarterly report on the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan. Our correspondent reports:

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What to do if CRT tell you your boat has not been sighted in enough “neighbourhoods” in three months

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

This month, many boaters received a letter from CRT alleging that their boat was sighted in less than the “required” number of “neighbourhoods” between Bath and Foxhangers during the three months from June to August 2014. These letters amount to harassment. The K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan was proposed and consulted on as a voluntary agreement, and therefore CRT cannot now state that boaters are “required” to travel through a specific number of “neighbourhoods”. One of the letters is pictured below.

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How much has Sally Ash cost boaters?

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Sally Ash, the unpopular Head of Boating, finally retires at the end of this month after 38 years working for BW and CRT. She joined BW as a researcher in 1976 following a Masters degree at Reading University. Here we take a look back at some of her activities and the cost of her career both to boaters and to her employers, not only in financial terms but also in goodwill, time and effort.

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IWA lose the plot on continuous cruising

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The IWA’s response to the news that Nick Brown discontinued his Judicial Review of CRT’s Guidance for Boaters Without a Home Mooring is alarmingly off-piste. IWA Chair Les Etheridge weighed into the discussion saying “Visitor moorings on the inland waterways need to be managed with the best interests of the whole boating community”.

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NABO drops opposition to roving mooring permits while CRT CEO says the permits will not be available nationally

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In a meeting between CRT and the National Association of Boat Owners (NABO) on 14th January, NABO stated that “Putting the legal arguments to one side, NABO, as a policy decision, are happy for the pilot [roving mooring permit] operation to proceed and will monitor a) its success and b) its effect, if any, on other boaters and the availability of moorings. NABO feels that at least a roving mooring permit is a compassionate attempt to resolve a problem which has been allowed to get out of control. NABO will at this time raise no legal objections during this process but would suggest that the effectiveness of the roving mooring permits is monitored at 6 and 12 month intervals and NABO would like to be party to the findings”.

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And now, from the boaters who brought Roving Mooring Permits to the Grand Union..

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

… the Association of Continuous Cruisers (ACC), an organisation that aims to “raise the profile of the compliant continuous cruiser” according to one of its founder members.

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Can’t Really Trust’em…

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The recent Memorandum of Understanding between CRT and the Residential Boat Owners Association (RBOA) is a further indication of CRT’s efforts to divide boating organisations and reward those that support its policies while seeking to misrepresent and exclude those that challenge it. CRT has signed memoranda of understanding with the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) and the RBOA to date.

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CRT concedes that a minimum distance is unlawful

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

CRT has conceded that it cannot lawfully specify a minimum distance that boaters without home moorings must travel in order to comply with Section 17 3 c ii of the 1995 British Waterways Act.

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NABO AGM at Bradford on Avon, 17th November

Monday, November 12th, 2012

This year the National Association of Boat Owners’ AGM will be at the Beef and Barge at Bradford on Avon Marina on Saturday 17th November. Non-members are invited to the second half of the AGM starting at 12.30pm.

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BW target to seize 100 boats a year

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Documents provided in response to a Freedom of Information request show that in 2010-2011 BW had a target of seizing 100 “non compliant” boats per year. Monthly reports to management by the BW Enforcement Team in April, May, June, August and October 2010 also show that BW under-estimated the cost of seizing boats, which was around 3,700 per boat, mainly to pay lifting contractors, and as a result was likely to miss its target and only seize 75 in the year to March 2011, despite recouping some of the costs by selling seized boats.

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