Moorings Consultation

Well the mooring consultation periods are finished.
Deep breath folks….. It’s not over yet by a long way.
If, as is believed, the local strategy is a done deal British Waterways are now moving into forming the steering groups.

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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Local Mooring Strategy consultation delayed

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The consultation on the Kennet and Avon Canal Local Mooring Strategy has been delayed by a month in order to accommodate BW’s consultation on changes to the terms and conditions of Houseboat Certificates. The Local Mooring Strategy consultation is now planned to run from the end of June until the end of October 2012.

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K and A Boaters set up “Core Group”

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

A Core Group of K and A boaters held its first meeting on May 2nd in Bradford on Avon. The group’s aims are to keep informed of relevant information and developments that affect liveaboard boaters on the K and A;

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BW target to seize 100 boats a year

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Documents provided in response to a Freedom of Information request show that in 2010-2011 BW had a target of seizing 100 “non compliant” boats per year. Monthly reports to management by the BW Enforcement Team in April, May, June, August and October 2010 also show that BW under-estimated the cost of seizing boats, which was around 3,700 per boat, mainly to pay lifting contractors, and as a result was likely to miss its target and only seize 75 in the year to March 2011, despite recouping some of the costs by selling seized boats.

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Local Mooring Strategy consultation planned for May to September

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

BW plans to carry out the consultation on the Kennet and Avon Local Mooring Strategy between the end of May and the end of September 2012, according to a Freedom of Information response from BW.

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BaNES traveller policy may include boat dwellers

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Bath and NE Somerset Council is looking at whether to include boat dwellers in its provision for travellers.

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New job for Damian Kemp

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Damian Kemp, BW’s Project Officer who chaired the Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group and did the legwork for the 2009 consultations on National Mooring Policy, Local Mooring Strategies and the now discredited Lee and Stort Moorings Managament Plan, has a new job.

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Important boaters meeting! 24th May, Bradford on Avon

Monday, May 16th, 2011

There will be a Boaters Meeting on Tuesday 24th May 7.30pm upstairs at the Georgian Lodge Hotel, Bridge St, Bradford on Avon (by the library).

To update you about the Local Mooring Strategy proposals, the recent court case and other recent developments.

To discuss your response to the Local Mooring Strategy: we need to know what you think and what you want/ don’t want, so that we can tell BW.

Please pass this message on to other boaters who may not have internet access. We are hoping to hold extra meetings in Bath and Devizes, but please come to this one if you can.


Mooring strategy meeting saves enforcer a long walk

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The sixth meeting of the Kennet and Avon Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group took place on 25 February. Damian Kemp confirmed that BW would be taking ongoing advice about carrying out an Equality Impact Assessment from the Equality Officers of Wiltshire and B&NES, Sharon Brookes and Samantha Jones. Plans were made at this meeting for the group to walk the towpath to consider possible mooring changes. The group established the definitions of some of the terms used by BW which had not been clarified, as follows:

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BW admit trying to price liveaboards out at Lea and Stort consultation meeting

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

On March 1st and 2nd, BW were faced with packed halls of angry boaters as they held public meetings to ‘discuss’ the proposals for the Lea and Stort Navigation. It was clear that BW thought they could impose these draconian mooring restrictions without much opposition and did not expect an attendance of 300 intelligent, motivated and furious people.

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