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CRT boat to collect boaters’ rubbish Bath to Bradford on Avon tomorrow

Monday, August 16th, 2021

A CRT work boat will collect bulky rubbish from boaters between Bath and Bradford on Avon tomorrow, Tuesday 17th August 2021, from 10am to 3pm. CRT staff and volunteers in uniform will also be litter picking on the towpath. CRT aims to provide this service every 3 months.

Oppose the Melksham bypass before 8th August!

Friday, July 30th, 2021

A new bypass for Melksham has been proposed that will completely destroy the countryside in the Seend valley and have a highly detrimental impact on the K&A canal environment. Please send your objections to MajorHighwaysProjects@wiltshire.gov.uk or write to Peter Binley, Head of Major Highway Projects, Wiltshire Council, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN or complete the online response form here
http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-a350-melksham-bypass.

Mead Lane Map

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Here we publish a map of the mooring area at Mead Lane that shows the 14-day area and the 48 hour moorings that have been removed and are now a ‘nature area’.

The Mead Lane Channel

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Maybe it’s time for us to start a Mead Lane channel, no sooner has a major victory been won as BANES are advised by the Judge that they would likely lose a judicial review than the residents take the law into their own hands again.

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CRT makes minor concessions on Licence Terms and Conditions

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

CRT has made minor changes to the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions (T&C) in response to the Pre-Action protocol letter of 31st May 2021 sent by the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA), but has not altered its position on the major issues that were challenged.

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CRT agrees not to enforce new Terms and Conditions for 14 days following legal challenge

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Following a pre-action protocol letter of 29th May 2021 challenging some of the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions, CRT has stated that it will not enforce the disputed terms until 16th June 2021. Lawyers for the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) sent a second pre-action protocol letter to CRT on 29th May, following the
publication by CRT of its revised Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.

The legal challenge was made possible by a crowdfunding appeal –
see https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/protect-boats-homes/

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Second dose Covid-19 vaccination clinic by boat from 14th May

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

From Friday 14th May 2021, the Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running second dose Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat. Please spread the word to anyone who may not have seen the message on this web site or on Facebook.

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Resist the criminalisation of trespass – write to your MP

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Friends, Families and Travellers has launched a new tool to support Gypsies, Travellers and members of the public to write to their MP to register their concerns about the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. This new law will criminalise both peaceful protest and the nomadic way of life.

The Bill proposes extremely harsh legislation to criminalise trespass, which will criminalise Travellers living on roadside camps and is likely to impact upon everyone who is or wishes to live nomadically by culture, choice or necessity, including liveaboard boaters without a home mooring. 

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Please give generously to crowdfunder for challenge to CRT Boat Licence Terms and Conditions proposals

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

A coalition of concerned boaters and groups including the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) is crowdfunding to start the process of a legal challenge to CRT’s proposals to change the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.

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Boat movement has resumed as of 12th April

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Boat movement and mooring enforcement resumed yesterday 12th April 2021 as the Coronavirus lockdown continued to be eased. CRT has stated that boaters without a home mooring have 14 days from yesterday to move from the place where they were moored during the lockdown, meaning that they need to have moved by 26th April to avoid any enforcement action.

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