CRT is looking for a boat dweller without a home mooring to join its Navigation Advisory Group Licensing and Mooring sub-group. This person needs to be someone who understands and campaigns for the interests of itinerant live-aboard boaters. If you are interested, or if you know someone who would be suitable, the information and short application form are here. The deadline is 20th May 2015. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/governance/national-advisory-groups/national-advisory-groups-vacancies
During the parliamentary debates on the Transfer Order of BW to CRT, Richard Benyon MP, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries made the following undertaking on 26 June 2012: “The second representation received was from the National Bargee Travellers Association: one of a number of organisations that look after the interests of boat-dwellers… The CRT is also setting up a number of small advisory committees, one of which will have the task of advising senior managers responsible for boating and navigation matters. This committee will include at least one boater without a home mooring who understands and campaigns for the interests of itinerant live-aboard boaters.”
This was one of the small concessions won by liveaboard boaters without home moorings during the transfer from BW to CRT. The vacancy is to replace Mark Walton of London Boaters, who represented itinerant liveaboard boaters on the Navigation Advisory Group from the time it was set up in 2012 until March 2015.