On 2nd February 2017, Oxford City Council announced that it was dropping the proposed waterways Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). A consultation by the Council had provoked massive opposition to the PSPO, which would have criminalised the normal domestic activities of boat dwellers, such as heating their homes with solid fuel stoves and generating electricity […]
The NBTA submitted a Petition to Parliament opposing the Middle Level Bill on January 24th. Five other Petitions against the Bill have been submitted; four by individual boaters and one by the March Cruising Club.
Mike Grimes, Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) Head of Boating, has today announced his resignation from the post after only 22 months. Mike Grimes headed the boating team from August 2015. He joined CRT as Head of Business Boating in April 2015.
One of the groups who have been hit hardest by the enforcement policy of Canal & River Trust are the school age children of bargee traveller families. A petition addressed to CRT, Boat Children Deserve Equal Access to Education, has been started. Please sign it. Thank you. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/boat-children-deserve-equal-access-to-education
There will be a demonstration on 8th April 2017 to demand that Canal & River Trust (CRT) stops evicting or threatening to evict boat dwellers without permanent moorings based on their range or pattern of travel. The right to use and live on a boat without a permanent mooring is enshrined in the British Waterways Act […]
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is reviewing whether Canal & River Trust (CRT) is fully meeting its Equality Act obligations. CRT released the following statement on 14th November 2016:
NBTA River Cam has called a meeting on Friday 4th November at 5pm for all those who are likely to be affected by Cambridge City Council’s latest proposals which will result in eviction from the city for many Bargee Travellers. The purpose of the meeting, at the Haymakers, 54 High St, Chesterton, CB4 1NG, is to share ideas […]
This survey differs from CRT’s survey as we wish to see what improvements can be made on the waterways, specifically for boaters without a home mooring. This survey may be completed by anyone who is using, has used or is intending to use the following waterways for navigation: Limehouse Cut, Hertford Union Canal, Lee Navigation, […]
The 2016 General Meeting of the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) will take place on Saturday 19th November 2016 at 11am to 6pm at the Friends Meeting House, 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN. All members are welcome.
NBTA report back: CRT Annual Public Meeting 2016 Six members of the NBTA attended the 2016 CRT Annual Public Meeting in Birmingham on 22nd September. The meeting, including lunch, started at 10.30 and was scheduled to end at 1.00. However, formal questions and discussion were cut short by Chair of Trustees Allan Leighton at about […]