Posts Tagged ‘visitor moorings’

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/

CRT makes changes to K&A visitor moorings without consultation

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

CRT’s Short Term Moorings Framework for Change published in March 2015 states that CRT will always consult users before making changes to visitor moorings, and also that any changes should be based on evidence of a need for the change that is being proposed. On the K&A, CRT has made changes to visitor moorings without any consultation at all and seemingly without any evidence that the changes are needed.

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Visitor mooring review recommendations to be trialled from July to October, send your comments now

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

As part of the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan, a review of visitor moorings between Bath and Devizes was carried out in February and March 2015. The review recommended a number of changes to the location and length of visitor moorings.

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No more “neighbourhoods” after 30th April

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

CRT has confirmed that the unworkable system of designating the western K&A into “neighbourhoods” is to end tomorrow.

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Visitor moorings to become 14 days in winter

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

CRT has released information about its new visitor mooring framework which confirms that most visitor moorings will revert to 14 days between 1st November and 31st March, unless there are strong reasons against this.

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Liveaboards secure representation in Bath – Devizes visitor mooring review

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

One of the actions in the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan is a review of visitor moorings between Bath and Devizes. Liveaboard boaters without home moorings were informed that this review is taking place between January and March 2015, but were not invited to take part.

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K&A boaters action group next meeting 8th September, Devizes

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be next Monday 8th September at 7.30pm in Devizes.

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CRT releases first report on K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

CRT has this week published the first of four planned three-monthly reports on the K&A Local Plan.

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What to do if CRT tell you that you have incurred a £25 extended stay “charge”

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A number of boaters have received letters from CRT alleging that they have overstayed on Visitor Moorings and either demanding £25 per day “extended stay charge” or stating that CRT could have imposed a charge of £25 per day but it was waived it in this instance as the Local Plan has not been in place for very long. We recommend that anyone who receives one of these letters makes a formal complaint.

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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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