BaNES boaters’ survey results published in full

BaNES Council Water Space Study has published the full results of its 2016 survey into the needs of liveaboard boaters in its area. You can read the full report here


The survey ran from May to July 2016 and aimed to find out how liveaboard boaters used the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal within BaNES, why they moor where they do, how far they travel, the type and size of their boats and how their needs for basic services can be better met. The BaNES Water Space Study aims to plan the provision of facilities such as water points, sewage disposal and mooring areas. We understand that this would include both provision by the Council and by third party operators.

This survey follows a previous survey carried out by the NHS in BaNES in 2013 which examined liveaboard boaters’ health needs and demographics.


The survey was carried out by Consultancy Atkins Plc on behalf of the newly formed Bath WaterSpace Partnership (made up of B&NES Council, Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water).

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