Posts Tagged ‘continuous cruising’

Recent challenges and threats to Roving Canal Traders

Friday, March 26th, 2021

A number of liveaboard boaters on the K&A are Roving Canal Traders. Roving Traders have been facing problems with local authorities recently regarding their trading activities. Nevil Ingram of Justice for Roving Canal Traders writes:

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There’s still time to do the Census

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

The deadline for completing the 2021 Census is the end of April, and the Census telephone helpline has added a special line for people living on boats or in caravans, vans, tents or other transient accommodation. This follows the severe difficulties that some liveaboard boaters experienced trying to get a Unique Access Code to do the census online. You can now call the Census helpline and select option 4 .

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Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat from 6th April

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

From Tuesday 6th April 2021, the Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat. 

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CRT threaten to remove boaters’ possessions from towpath between Avoncliff and Bridge 173 in April

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

CRT has stated that it will remove any items left on or beside the towpath between Smelly Bridge (Bridge 173) and Avoncliff if these are not removed before April 2021. Due to the pandemic, CRT has provided a skip at Bridge 173 for boaters to dispose of any unwanted items.

CRT is threatening to terminate the licences of boaters who “persistently obstruct the towpath or use Trust land for storing items from their boat”. This is another reason to oppose and resist CRT’s proposed changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions

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CRT U-turn on range expected during a 6-month restricted licence

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

CRT has stated that boaters without a home mooring on a restricted 6-month licence are not expected to cover the same range as those on a 12-month licence. Matthew Aymes, CRT Customer Support Manager, Licence Support (ie enforcement manager) said in an email on 23rd February 2021:

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Census helplines are open now!

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Free telephone and text helplines for the 2021 Census are open now. For England, 0800 141 2021.

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Boat movement could resume on 12th April

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Following the Government’s announcement of a ‘road map’ out of the current Coronavirus lockdown that began on 4th January, CRT has stated that it expects boat movement to remain limited to essential journeys only until 29th March 2021, and only limited local movement until 12th April 2021. Subject to further Government advice, CRT intends to resume enforcement of the 14-day rule from 12th April.

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Make sure you can take part in the Census on March 21st

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

The 2021 Census will take place on 21st March and for the first time will be mainly digital, with paper forms available on request. Freephone helplines will open from 1st March, with all minority languages catered for.

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If you’re over 70 and have not been invited for a Covid-19 jab, contact NHS now!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

By mid-February 2021 the Government aimed to have all over-70s and people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable given their first of two vaccinations against Covid-19, but told people they should wait to be invited for their appointment. Now, the NHS wants anyone over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable who has not had their first jab to contact them to get vaccinated.

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CRT virtual User Forum for Wales and South West, 10th Feb

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

CRT is to hold a virtual User Forum for Wales and South West region on Zoom on Wednesday 10th February at 5pm-7pm. This is an opportunity to raise issues that concern you, such as waterway maintenance, enforcement, and what CRT should be doing to protect liveaboard boaters during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

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