CRT earlier this year stayed Section 8 cases against two boat dwellers without permanent moorings, Matthew Jones and Christopher McKendrick, following the Court of Appeal judgement in Matthew Jones’s favour on 7th March 2017, we can now reveal. The Consent Order sealed by Bristol County Court on 23rd May 2017 shows that CRT reached a settlement with Matthew Jones. Both Mr Jones and Mr McKendrick have now re-licensed their boats without a permanent mooring. Their homes are not now under threat of being seized by the charity. Both had been deemed by CRT not to have moved “far enough”.
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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.
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.
Don’t lose your vote in the election! Voter registration forms for people without a fixed address are available from The Wharf Tea Rooms, Devizes Wharf, Couch Lane, Devizes SN10 1EB. The tea rooms are open every day from 10am to 4pm. Liveaboard boaters are also distributing them along the canal to neighbouring boats. You need to register by 22nd May to vote in the 2017 General Election.
If you want to vote in the General Election on 8th June 2017, you need to register by 22nd May. Anybody who does not have a fixed address can register to vote by declaring a local connection. You can’t register to vote online if you are declaring a local connection.
Here is the voter registration form to download and use in England and Wales Electoral-registration-generic-nfa
CRT today (19th November) seized boaters’ property from the towpath between Bath and Dundas including bicycles, bike trailers and dog bowls despite assurances that moveable objects in daily use that were temporarily left on the towpath would not be taken. We understand that the seizure of property will continue between Dundas and Bradford on Avon tomorrow (20th November) and beyond.
In a vindictive move reminiscent of the totalitarian regimes of Stalin and Pinochet, CRT is threatening to seize and destroy the belongings of boaters including bicycles and childrens’ toys if they have been left, however temporarily, on the towpath. This draconian act is typical of CRT’s harassment of liveaboard boaters, and it shows that CRT will go to any lengths to pressurise liveaboards without home moorings to leave the waterways.
The Gypsy, Traveller, Boater & Roma Community Support Service in BaNES, run by Julian House, is on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/GRTBSupport