Archive for May, 2016
Michelle Smith, a continuous liveaboard on the the Kennet and Avon, has launched The Liveaboards Cut, a new magazine featuring and celebrating life on the Western Kennet and Avon. The first issue, out now, focusses on many of the traders on the cut as well as a feature on The Travelling Community Support Service and some of the lighter side of life aboard with poetry, humour and stories.
Well worth a read. And if you wish to contribute, Michelle is looking for contributions for the next issue.
The Liveaboards Cut is a quarterly publication. You can download the first issue as a PDF here.
BaNES Council has agreed to meet boat dwellers without home moorings to discuss the need for boaters to be directly represented on the Committees tasked with making decisions about the joint BaNES – CRT mooring strategy covering the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal to Limpley Stoke.
Boat Fire Safety Week between 27th May and 6th June will see firefighters from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service out on the towpath giving out FREE smoke and CO alarms and doing boat fire safety checks, so keep an eye out for them. This follows the Service’s successful series of Boat Fire Safety Talks in canalside pubs over the winter. This is their schedule:
Liveaboard boaters from the K&A joined demonstrations outside CRT’s headquarters in Milton Keynes on 10th May where in total about 90 boat dwellers without home moorings protested against the charity’s punitive and unlawful enforcement action against boats without a home mooring. Some 15 boaters also protested at CRT’s licensing office in Leeds.
This week we reported that Matthew Symonds was heard to say, twice, that liveaboard boaters were “gits”.
Since we reported this, someone on Twitter asked Mr Symonds if the comments he had made were true. He categorically denied that he would ever say such a thing.
Matthew Symonds, subject of an allegation that he referred twice to liveaboard boaters as gits has cut his holiday in Holland short to publish this, official, rebuttal.
Yes, I remember you, the good work that you were involved in at the Bristol Wood Recycling project in Bristol and the brief time we met outside the Southville Centre when you and my former colleagues were attending the training session there, but that’s where our memories start to differ I’m afraid.
I’m sure I would have mentioned that my new job was challenging and rewarding – but as I have already stated, the words attributed to me are not ones that I said – it’s not even a term I generally use. I’ve said many times, publicly and privately, that living on the canals can be a great lifestyle – but it’s important to be aware what is involved. We’re also obligated [sic] to fairly apply the rules as set down in the Act of Parliament to all boaters.”
Speculation has been mounting about whether Matthew would do the honourable thing and ‘fess up or entrench himself and call his former colleague a lair. It seems now it is the latter.
The non-seqitur seems a little strange to our ears. You meet a bunch of old colleagues and say “living on the canals can be a great lifestyle but it’s important to be aware what is involved”. Sounds more like his standard press statement than a casual response to “How’s the new job”.
But he asked us to print his rebuttal so we leave you to draw your own conclusions in this ‘her word against mine’ Mexican standoff.
The full text of Mr Symonds’ reply can be found here: