Posts Tagged ‘NBTA’

National Boats Are Homes demonstration 16th April

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

On Saturday 16th April there will be a demonstration to demand that CRT:

*stops evicting or threatening to evict boat dwellers without permanent moorings based on their travel pattern, because of an arbitrary and unlawful minimum distance ‘rule’ that has been imposed since last May

*stops imposing 24 hour mooring time limits (the law entitles us to stay 14 days in any one place)

*stops any plans for the sale of our waterways,

and instead takes positive action to:

*maintain the banks and towpaths of the waterways

*install more mooring rings where these are needed and

*install more facilities.

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Disabled boaters – know your rights!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

CRT has adopted a standard procedure for assessing and agreeing adjustments to its enforcement procedure for boaters with disabilities.

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What to do if CRT refuses to renew your boat licence for 12 months

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

CRT’s new policy on boaters without home moorings effective from 1st May 2015 has already meant that many boaters have had renewal of their licence for 12 months refused and a six-month or three -month licence offered instead.

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New licence T&C delayed following objections

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

The implementation of CRT’s draconian new Licence Terms and Conditions has been delayed by at least a month. In a meeting with some of the boating user groups, CRT stated that the new Terms and Conditions would be implemented on 1st May.

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CRT set minimum distance – without telling us what it is

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Yesterday CRT announced that from 1st May 2015 that it is extending its “new continuous cruiser” enforcement process to all boats licensed without a home mooring. It declared that it would refuse to renew the licences of the boats that have moved the least over their licence year unless they obtain a home mooring, and that boats that travel further but whose movement falls short of the movement required by Section 17 3 c ii of the British Waterways Act 1995 would only have their licences renewed for a short period and if their movement was still not considered adequate, they too would be forced to take a mooring or CRT would refuse to renew their licence. Yet CRT has not stated what it means by boats that move the least, and neither has it disclosed what distance it considers acceptable.

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CRT ‘places’ maps were leaked

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has confirmed the suspicions of many that CRT had not intended to publish the ‘places’ maps in August. Boaters who wanted to find out more were nonplussed by the absence of announcements on the CRT web site.

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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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Permission refused for Judicial Review of Guidance for Boaters without a Home Mooring

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Nick Brown of the National Bargee Travellers Association had his application for a Judicial Review of the Guidance for Boaters without Home Moorings refused by Mrs Justice Cox on 16th November. Costs of £15,000 were awarded.

Nick Brown has announced his intention to appeal against the judgement.

The written judgment handed down by Mrs Justice Cox is available to view online at: www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/3133.html

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