Letters to BW and others

You are not alone. We intend to publish any letters that you write to BW, to give you examples of what other people write, and to gauge the feelings abroad.

Please send us any letters you write to BW so that we can publish them. We will remove any personal details before publication.

CRT agrees to publicise Public Meeting

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Following a complaint by a boater who spent half an hour on the phone while CRT staff tried to find details of the Annual Public Meeting that was due to take place in two weeks’ time, CRT has apologised for the time it took to provide the information.

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CRT rejects offer to remove articles in libel threat

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The CRT has rejected the offer to remove the articles on this web site that it alleges are defamatory.

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Boaters take ‘No Abuse’ message to CRT Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Three liveaboard boaters attended the CRT Annual Meeting in Birmingham on 27 September to register their objection to the joint CRT and IWA attack on the rights of boaters without home moorings.

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CRT threaten our web site with libel

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This web site’s Editor received a letter from CRT recently threatening to take court proceedings for libel against the web site because of statements made in articles revealing and commenting about BW/CRT’s relationship with hire boat holiday brokers Drifters Leisure Limited.

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Continuous Hassle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

In an email exchange with a boater, Sally Ash said recently that “I honestly don’t know what I’ve done to generate such CC militancy and become such a hate figure!!” The boater had sent a complaint headed “Continuous Hassle” to one of the local CRT offices about the treatment of continuous cruisers. He was surprised to find Ms Ash responding from Head Office.

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Consultation on definition of “Houseboat” until 30th September

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

CRT/ BW is running a consultation on changes to the terms and conditions for houseboat mooring permits. It started at the end of May and the deadline is 30 September 2012. The consultation also seeks views on changes to the definition of “Houseboat”. There are at least two reasons to respond to this consultation.

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CRT declines to withdraw derogatory statements about boaters without home moorings

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

CRT Chief Executive Robin Evans has responded negatively to the boaters’ complaint which we published below about the content of Trustees’ briefing TT06. He has declined to end the use of the term “continuous moorers” and “CMs” and has failed to address most of the issues in the complaint. We publish his reply here:

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Boaters complain to CRT about Trustees’ briefing document

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Three boaters recently complained about derogatory language and inaccurate statements regarding boaters without home moorings in one of the Canal and River Trust’s briefing documents, TT06, which is on the Canal and River Trust’s web site. We publish their complaint below:

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Petition: Security for towpath boat dwellers

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Liveaboard boater Simon Greer has started an online petition for security for towpath boat dwellers. You can sign the petition here:


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MPs to consider BW Transfer Order on 26th June

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The House of Commons First Delegated Legislation Committee will consider the Draft British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012 on Tuesday 26th June. Please write to your MP now asking him or her to vote against the Order when it is returned to the floor of the House of Commons for a vote a few days after the Committee has considered it. An example letter is below.

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