Archive for March, 2010

Nothing’s simple.

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Well I guess I owe Keith Rossiter an apology.

After giving him such a hard time about unfounded allegations. I was cycling home last night around 11.30 and witnessed someone on the back of Leah Rose 506166 emptying a toilet into the canal.

What should I do about this? What should our community do about this?

It has quite depressed me that I spend so much time defending our community and do so much work to prevent people like Mr Rossiter spreading rumour and untruth.

I am effectively defending the right of fuckwits like this to behave like this.

It will be a while before I feel able to continue with this website or any other actions.


Sorry Keith.

Enough is Enough

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The corruption of British Waterways is now endemic and pervades every thing that they do.

Strong words?

Well take a close look at this…

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Robin makes it up as he goes along

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Robin Evans recently made the following statement to the press;

“ We are determined that our waterways should thrive as working navigations, for this is at the root of their heritage. We want waterways that are vibrant with boat movement, rather than extended linear boat parks.”

Sounds reasonable, perhaps?

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Heads up – another consultation!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The deadline for this is 28th March!
DEFRA which among many other things is the government department with responsibility for inland navigable waterways, has launched the public consultation stage of its ongoing review of policy regarding waterways. DEFRA is the government department to whom BW is responsible and who they are funded by.

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Shoddy reporting by the BBC

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The BBC reported on the new Foxhangers Marina on Wednesday. Investigative journalism at its best, the sort we expect from the Beeb?

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London boaters reject consultation

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

One of the areas identified by British Waterways as a ‘problem area’ that needs action is the River Lee in London and the connected London waterways. The River Lee is another example of a vibrant boating community that feels under threat from Sally Ash’s proposals to restrict mooring rights.

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BW’s take on travellers

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

One of our correspondents recently asked Robin for British Waterways reaction to the recent DCLG ruling that ‘bargee travellers’ were bona-fide (couldn’t resist that one) travellers as far as Section 225 of the Housing Act 2004 is concerned.

Our very own Final Solution replied in her usual compassionate vein and, displaying a political skill we rarely see in Ms Ash, completely avoids answering the question.

And we just love her attempt to define ‘traveller’. I think we’re stepping into deep water there, dear.

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Limpley Stoke councillor speaks out

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

….about the actions of British Waterways.

Bill Bailey, parish councillor in Limpley Stoke, wrote a letter to his fellow councillors recently after seeing their chairman’s preemptive response to the consultation.

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