Archive for April, 2015
The K&A Users Forum (previously the User Group Meeting) will take place in Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Rd, Woolhampton RG7 5RE on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 6.30pm (doors open 6pm). This is a departure from the practice of recent years of holding all these meetings in Devizes.
Recent user group meetings have been attended by a number of liveaboard boaters, which has enabled us to raise issues that concern us and also helped to improve the relationship between liveaboard boaters and other waterway users. We encourage liveaboard boaters to attend. This will be an opportunity to meet the new K&A Manager Mark Evans who is due to start work on April 13th.
For more information about the meeting, contact Alison Jordan, CRT Customer Support Co-ordinator, on 01380 737907, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There may be lifts going – contact 07928 078208 or email@example.com if you can offer or need a lift.
The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be on Monday 13th April at 7.30pm in Devizes. Please come and get involved in defending and promoting the boating community on the K&A and also to raise any concerns that you may have about CRT enforcement; the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan; CRT’s new policy towards boaters without home moorings and CRT’s draconian and excessive proposals for changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.
As the hire boat season gets going, we bring you this page to log all your complaints about hire boats. The K&A boaters action group is drawing up a dossier of the incidents involving hire boats and complaints that boaters and canalside residents have made about the behaviour or safety of hire boat crews in order to seek a meeting with the hire companies. Please log any incidents and complaints on the web form here
It’s official, the management of the waterways is no longer CRT’s primary focus, that job has been left to the enforcement team. CRT have appointed a series of Waterways Managers for some of the busiest (as well as the most controversial) areas of waterways under their control. Not one has any experience at all of management of waterways, not one has any kind of hydrographic engineering background. Not one has any experience of boating.
Following from their recent letter to all boaters without a home mooring telling them they are expected to move ‘a certain distance’ without specifying that distance, some boaters have written to CRT seeking clarification about how far they should move. We are pleased to report that CRT have responded to those boaters with clear guidance. We reproduce their reply below;