Posts Tagged ‘continuous cruising’

Smoke Control Area regulations can now be applied to boats following Environment Act 2021

Thursday, January 6th, 2022

The Environment Act 2021, which became law on 9th November, will remove the partial exemption for boats from the Clean Air Act 1993. Local authorities will now have the power to apply their Smoke Control Areas to boats moored within the areas, under Section 73 and Schedule 12 of the Act.

CRT has been asked to provide contact information for boat owners to local authorities where they need it to enforce Smoke Control Areas. There is an exemption for smoke which is created to propel the vessel or to generate electricity. There is no exemption for heating. Local authorities can now impose fines of at least £175 for breaches of Smoke Control regulations.

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Bath parking restrictions will impact boaters unfairly, object before 23rd December!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

BaNES Council is proposing to introduce vehicle parking restrictions near the canal that will make it more difficult for liveaboard boaters to stay for 14 days in Bath. The deadline for objections is 23rd December 2021. The Council proposes to make a Traffic Regulation Order to restrict or prevent parking on Beckford Road, Rockliffe Avenue and Forester Road. See https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/beckford-road-tro-consultation

The purpose of the proposed restrictions is to make space for a cycle lane going uphill along Beckford Road and Warminster Road. However, since CRT introduced its unlawful and punitive 20-mile range requirement in 2015 for boaters without a home mooring, cycling to work or school or using public transport has become untenable for liveaboard boaters.

You can read and download the documents and maps here
https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/beckford-road-traffic-regulation-order-tro-consultation/view-traffic-regulation-order-tro-documents

You can object online here
https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/form/beckford-road-tro-consultation

This is an example of what you could say in response to the consultation:

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FFT need volunteers to mystery shop GP surgeries

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) need volunteers to help with a mass mystery shop of GP surgeries in England. In recent years, FFT has exposed that GP surgeries routinely broke NHS guidelines by refusing to register a nomadic, Romany or Traveller patient, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How to get a Boat Fire Safety Pack

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

If you didn’t manage to get a Boat Fire Safety pack with smoke alarms and a CO alarm from nb Litania during the Covid-19 booster jab clinics last week, here’s what to do:

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Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat, 29th Nov to 10th Dec – Boat Fire Safety packs also available

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Once again, Julian House will be providing Covid-19 vaccination clinics on nb Litania from Monday 29th November to Friday 10th December 2021. You can get a first jab, second jab or a booster jab if you are eligible. You can just turn up. You do not need to be registered with a GP to get the jab. Please be aware that as this is a first come,first served clinic, there is a possibility that vaccinations might not be available. If you decide to get vaccinated after the floating clinics have finished, contact the NHS on 119. This is the timetable:

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Local MP’s fundraising canal walk

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan walked the 87-mile length of the K&A canal last weekend to help raise funds for a new building for Holt Pre-School. She completed the walk yesterday having raised around £6,400. The Chippenham constituency includes the K&A Canal from Dundas to Bowerhill. Michelle Donelan is the Minister of State for Higher and Further Education.

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Boaters can now moor for 14 days at Mead Lane all year

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Following a legal challenge by a boater to the decision by BaNES Council to close the moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford, on the River Avon between November and March, boaters can now moor at Mead Lane for 14 days all year round. The river bank there is owned by BaNES.

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BaNES reconsiders decision to close Mead Lane moorings in winter following legal challenge

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Following a Judicial Review challenge by Community Law Partnership (CLP) on behalf of a liveaboard boater, BaNES Council is reconsidering its decision to close the 14 day moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford, on the River Avon between the beginning of November and the end of February every year. The judicial review has therefore been stayed until the end of June 2021. We would encourage any boaters who are concerned about the loss of these moorings to make submissions to BaNES Council: contact Mandy_bishop@bathnes.gov.uk

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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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