Posts Tagged ‘Damian Kemp’

New job for Damian Kemp

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Damian Kemp, BW’s Project Officer who chaired the Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group and did the legwork for the 2009 consultations on National Mooring Policy, Local Mooring Strategies and the now discredited Lee and Stort Moorings Managament Plan, has a new job.

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BW to finish mooring strategy without any more meetings

Friday, December 16th, 2011

BW has decided unilaterally that there will be no more meetings of the local mooring strategy steering group and the mooring strategy will be completed in-house. In a message to the steering group members, Damian Kemp said

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Mooring strategy meeting postponed twice

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The local mooring strategy process appears to be grinding to a halt. The ninth meeting of the steering group, which was to be held in Devizes on June 17th, was postponed because BW decided it would be better to hold it after June 23rd when national user groups were due to meet with BW to “discuss” changes to the Mooring Guidance for Continuous Cruisers following the BW v Davies judgement. If nothing else, this proves that the mooring strategy is designed specifically to target boats without moorings.

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Watch out for The One Show, BBC, 9 June

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Boaters on the K and A were interviewed by BBC’s The One Show recently. The interview is due to be broadcast on BBC1 on Thursday 9 June at 7pm.

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BW’s enforcement powers challenged in Local Mooring Strategy meeting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The Kennet and Avon Local Mooring Strategy steering group held its eighth meeting on 9 May 2011. The National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) had written to the steering group and to BW stating that research has shown that BW does not have the legal power to set mooring restrictions of less than 14 days or to erect signs specifying compulsory mooring restrictions; that BW therefore does not have the power to compel boaters to pay overstaying charges, and that it does not have the power to impose fines for overstaying. The full letter and BW’s response is below.

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Draft minutes, 1st April Local Mooring Strategy meeting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Here are the draft minutes of the Local Mooring Strategy meeting held on 1st April

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Mooring strategy meeting saves enforcer a long walk

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The sixth meeting of the Kennet and Avon Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group took place on 25 February. Damian Kemp confirmed that BW would be taking ongoing advice about carrying out an Equality Impact Assessment from the Equality Officers of Wiltshire and B&NES, Sharon Brookes and Samantha Jones. Plans were made at this meeting for the group to walk the towpath to consider possible mooring changes. The group established the definitions of some of the terms used by BW which had not been clarified, as follows:

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Save Our Waterways – from liveaboard scum!!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Documents obtained via Freedom of Information show that BW has recruited Will Chapman, the driving force behind Save Our Waterways, to set up local mooring strategies led by “well-informed boaters who are also parish councillors” as Sally Ash reported in December at the Kennet and Avon local mooring strategy meeting. We understand that Mr Chapman is a Parish Councillor in Alrewas.

In doing this BW has presented local mooring strategies as a key part of BW’s move to charity status, which assumes there will be considerable input from local (settled) communities into the governance of the charity on a local level. Sally Ash gave a presentation to Lichfield District Parish Forum on 24 January which blurred the boundaries between “local mooring strategy steering groups” and the overall local governance of the new charity. This will undoubtedly cause problems. On the Kennet and Avon, where a trial local structure is being piloted, there is a clear distinction between the Local Mooring Strategy Steering Group, which has a time-limited job to do, and the Kennet and Avon Canal Partnership Board, which is an ongoing local management board.

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British Waterways press release for the Lee boat clearance

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Yes, mention of Sally Ash and the 1995 Act on the same piece of paper. We hear Ms Eichmann is currently undergoing flailing to ensure her place in the bunker after all the lies she has told.


British Waterways is today (18 February 2011) calling upon local authorities, residents, boaters and all who use the River Lee and River Stort Navigations and the Hertford Union Canal to comment on its proposals to introduce a new moorings management plan for the area.

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Lee Consultation – breaking news

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The consultation is published here;

British Waterways Consultations

With a closing date 7 weeks away from the date of publishing, yet another illegal act by BW.

WIth this choice gem of disinformation;

To qualify for a boat licence (as laid out in the 1995 British Waterways Act) a boat must have a ‘home mooring’ – somewhere where it may lawfully be kept when not being used for cruising. An exception is made for boats which hold a ‘continuous cruiser’ licence, which requires them to genuinely move around the waterway network without mooring in any one place for more than 14 days. Some boats on our canals and rivers, and in this particular area, hold a continuous cruiser licence but are moving only limited distances, if at all, and mooring in just a few locations.

Prizes are available for the person who finds the most lies in the above paragraph.

And who has made the FOI request for the evidence for this statement?

The plan has been drafted in response to… …the concern raised by other waterway users