Useful Contacts

Contact us

Kennet and Avon Boating Community
07928 078208

Canal & River Trust Devizes

Mark Stephens (Waterway Manager)
Kennet and Avon Waterways
The Locks, Bath Rd, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1QR
01380 722859

Canal & River Trust main telephone number 0303 040 4040

Canal & River Trust 24h emergency telephone number 0800 47 999 47

National Association of Boat Owners

Obtained Legal opinion from barristers regarding various aspects of BW’s powers, available to members if taken to court by BW
Cost £15 per year to join. Local rep Andy Colyer on ‘Flint’,

Residential Boat Owners Association

Represents liveaboards on inland and coastal waters in the UK. Very knowledgeable about mooring agreements and planning permission. Cost £21 (£12 concession) per year to join.

National Bargee Travellers Association

Campaigning and advice for itinerant boat dwellers. Contact

Gypsy, Traveller & Boater Outreach and Engagement Officer (Bath)

Sam Worrall
01225 354650 / 07960097719
55 New King Street, Bath. BA1 2BN

Travellers Advice Team

Legal advice and representation for travellers; have represented a number of boaters. Experts on homelessness and eviction cases.
Contact: Travellers Advice Team
Community Law Partnership
4th Floor, Ruskin Chambers
191 Corporation Street
Birmingham B4 6RP

0121 685 8595 or 0121 685 8677

24 hour Emergency Phone Service: 07768 316755
Fax: 0121 236 5121

Friends, Families and Travellers

Campaigning, information and advice for travellers. Some information useful for boaters.
Contact: Friends, Families and Travellers
Community Base
113 Queen’s Rd
Brighton BN1 3XG  01273 234777

London Boaters

Campaigning and networking liveaboard boaters’ group that successfully fought off BW’s draconian mooring strategy for the Lea and Stort navigations and is in the initial stages of organising community facilities for boaters

River Lea and Stort Boaters Group

Liveaboard boaters’ group on the Lea and Stort navigations that successfully fought off BW’s draconian mooring strategy

Calderdale Boaters

Liveaboard boaters’ group on the Rochdale Canal that manages a BW rented mooring site on a co-operative basis

Oxford Boaters

Boaters on the Oxford canal and River Thames fighting the Unlawfully Moored Boats Enforcement Group that consists of Oxford City Council, BW, EA and Thames Valley Police

Oxford boaters can be contacted via who will pass messages on

Canal Dwellers R us

Facebook group of liveaboard boaters, mostly without home moorings, throughout the waterways

Cam Boaters

Liveaboard boaters currently fighting a massive increase in licence fees and other restrictions on the River Cam in Cambridge

Boaters’ Manifesto

Campaign formed to advance the concerns of boaters with and without moorings before the launch of the Canal & River Trust, but still has some useful information and discussion

Bona Fide Navigators

Liveaboard boaters’ group on the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire

Organisation of Port of London Customers

Houseboat owners group on the tidal Thames currently fighting a massive increase in the cost of the River Works Licence mooring permit

Low Impact Living Onboard

Network of boaters interested in living sustainably on the inland waterways and high seas

Roving Canal Traders

Network of trading boats without home moorings, formed to fight BW plans to increase the cost of trading licences

Liveaboard Forum

Blog focusing on residential boating, BW Houseboat Certificates and London waterways

KACanal Times

A variety of news and information about the K&A by boater and journalist Bob Naylor

Kennet and Avon Canal Trust

Not always supportive towards liveaboards but the Trust restored the K&A culminating in its re-opening to through traffic in 1990

What Do They Know

Web site to make, search and publish Freedom of Information requests. Contains hundreds of information requests to public authorities including British Waterways, the Environment Agency, Wiltshire Council and Bath and NE Somerset Council.

Electoral Commission

Information about registering to vote if you don’t have an address


Housing charity providing advice and help on housing, homelessness, housing benefit, eviction etc
0808 800 4444

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Bureaux provide advice on welfare benefits, housing and a wide range of other issues
0844 411 1444


Crisis is a national charity for single homeless people, providing services and campaigning for change
0844 251 0111

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