BW’s Boating Projects report for May 2011 shows that BW is unsure whether people will pay overstaying charges. When Head of Boating Sally Ash reported on the progress of BW’s trial of “Extended stay charging” on the visitor moorings at Thrupp, she wrote: “Pertinent questions: WILL people pay? Are they more likely to pay if we offer pay-by-mobile”. This uncertainty demonstrates that the entire system of overstaying charges is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
Archive for May, 2012
A boater sent us these photos of the work at between Whaddon and Hilperton to repair three holes in the bed of the canal. Many boats have been trapped. The stoppage is planned to end on 1st or 2nd June. Water levels may fluctuate overnight on 29th May as BW test for watertightness between Bradford and Semington locks. In summer 2011 there was a breach between Whaddon and Hilperton Marsh.
The boat fire safety advisor from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting boaters along the Kennet & Avon Canal as part of boat safety week next week. Rob Buckland, who used to live on a narrowboat, will be travelling along the Wiltshire stretch of the canal between May 31 and June 5 to offer free fire safety advice and free smoke detectors to boaters.
BW’s internal Licensing and Enforcement management reports between June 2011 and March 2012 show that BW has set a target for “all boats not moving at least 30km during their contract period to be within enforcement process “. The reports were obtained by a Freedom of Information request.