News

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Farewell Lady-Jacqueline

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Lady-Jacqueline Maude Aster, known to many of us as Jacqui, passed away quietly on 7th January. 

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Boat movement suspended again in lockdown that could last until March 2021

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Following the Government’s announcement on 4th January 2021 of a national Covid-19 lockdown in England, CRT has suspended enforcement of the 14-day rule. The Regulations governing the lockdown are in force until 31st March 2021, although the lockdown may be lifted before then.

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Please respond by 8th Jan to BaNES Council towpath consultation

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

BaNES Council is running a public consultation on river parks and towpath improvements on the River Avon between Churchill Bridge and Newbridge in Bath. The consultation asks questions about people’s use of the towpath but does not include an option to say that you use the towpath for mooring your boat, and does not mention boating at all. This needs to be challenged! The deadline for responses is Friday 8th January 2021.

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Happy Christmas to everyone on the K&A

Friday, December 25th, 2020

Santa pays a socially distanced visit to the Barge Inn, Honey Street, which has been a vital community resource for liveaboard boaters during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photo: Floaty Boat Fund

Boat movements suspended in Tier 4 Covid-19 lockdowns – parts of K&A in Tiers 3 and 4

Friday, December 25th, 2020

Following the Government announcement on 20th December 2020, West Berkshire and Reading are now in a new Tier 4 of Covid-19 restrictions equivalent to lockdown. As of 26th December, Somerset and Bristol will move to Tier 3.

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Julian House to provide Covid-19 tests for people with no address and no transport

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

The Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service is now able to provide Covid-19 tests for liveaboard boaters without transport AND without an address. Up to now, there was no provision of tests to people who could not drive to a drive-in test site or get one sent to them by post.

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CRT enforcement of 14-day rule post lockdown

Monday, November 30th, 2020

We have been informed that CRT will be expecting a gradual return to 14-day movement after 2nd December, which means that they expect all boats to have moved from where they are now by 16th December 2020.

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CRT suspends 14-day rule in November Covid-19 lockdown

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

CRT has suspended enforcement of the 14-day rule between 5th November and 2nd December 2020 due to the Government announcement of a Covid-19 lockdown from Thursday 5 November.

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BaNES Council votes to close and relocate Mead Lane moorings by 2022

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

On 8th October, BaNES Council Cabinet voted unanimously to close the moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford, by November 2022 and relocate the 14-day mooring space. It is not clear what will happen if the Council is unable to find suitable land to relocate the moorings.

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Update and how you can help boaters affected by Bath sinkings

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

The Floaty Boat Fund is raising money to help boaters affected by the sinkings and strandings on the River Avon following the failure of the Environment Agency’s (EA) sluice gate at Twerton on 15th September. While the fund cannot offer financial support to individuals, money raised will be used to provide appropriate support. You can donate here:

http://floatyboatfund.com

A friend of James, whose home was sunk, has started a fundraiser to help him repair his boat. You can donate here:

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/james039-lost-houseboat-fund

Boaters affected by the sinkings and strandings can claim compensation from the Environment Agency, who say that “If you believe you have a reasonable and legitimate claim please notify us via the following email address, with TWERTON INCIDENT as the subject”:

Estates-SW-Thames@environment-agency.gov.uk

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