Posts Tagged ‘Wiltshire County Council’

Liveaboard pensioners can get bus passes

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

One of the issues raised in the Boaters Voices project last year was the difficulty faced by boaters without home moorings in getting the concessionary bus pass that pensioners and disabled people are entitled to. The barrier faced by liveaboard pensioners was that the Councils that administer the concessionary travel scheme would not accept a Poste Restante address or provide a bus pass to someone with no address at all. This was pursued with Wiltshire Council. BaNES Council is also reviewing its procedures for applying for the bus pass.

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Twenty’s plenty for Bradford on Avon

Friday, September 20th, 2013

A group of parents is trying to get Wiltshire Council to make the whole of Bradford on Avon a ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ zone because of the very serious traffic problems on the town’s roads. Comments are needed on Wiltshire Council’s 20mph policy by 21st September (that’s tomorrow).

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Can you help to deliver voter registration forms this week?

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

The K&A boaters action group has a big pile of voter registration forms that we would like to deliver to as many boats as we can this week, starting tomorrow (Monday 18th March). We need some help doing this!! If you can cycle along a stretch of towpath delivering these forms, please ring/text 07928 078208 or email

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Boaters, use your vote in 2013 (and afterwards)

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Something that us boaters may or may not be aware of is that we still have the right to vote even though we don’t have a fixed address. There will be local elections for Wiltshire Council (and other Councils) on May 2nd this year, and our votes could make the difference between continuing Wiltshire’s support for liveaboard boaters or not. If you fill in and send back the electoral registration form before April 17th 2013, you will be added to the electoral roll in time to vote. Here is the form boater_electoral_registration

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Boaters Voices (must be silenced)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Appparently Sally Ash is less than happy with the lovely film Boater’s Voices, made by Wiltshire Council and, for me at least, evidence that there may be summer again.

She has written to Wiltshire Council complaining that CRT’s voice was not heard, the strident and piercing voice that can be heard in any of Ms Ash’s official outpourings, and is absent from this film.

Her email can be read here.

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Boaters’ Voices film online now

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

The Boaters’ Voices film is online now. You can watch it via either of the links below.

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Boaters’ Voices DVD launch, 14th November, Devizes

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Boaters’ group intervenes to get housing benefit re-instated for liveaboards

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

This week Wiltshire Council tried to close the Housing Benefit claims of a number of boaters who live on non-residential moorings. The Council officers in question were unaware of case law from 2006 that confirms that Housing Benefit is payable even when the claimant’s occupation of their home is unlawful or does not have planning permission for residential use.

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Boaters’ Voices filming to take place this month

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Wiltshire Council have sent us this update on the Boaters’ Voices project:

The Council would like to thank the boaters who contributed to the launch event in Devizes in February and the focus group meetings in Bradford on Avon and Pewsey in May.

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Boaters’ Voices update

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The Boaters’ Voices project run by Wiltshire Council has held several meetings. The first meeting in Devizes on 27th February was attended by 45 or so people, who discussed in small groups the many positive and negative points about living on the K&A.

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