On Saturday 8th April 2017 around 200 boat dwellers marched in defence of their homes. The national Boats Are Homes demonstration was organised in protest against Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) policy of evicting or threatening to evict travelling boat dwellers if they do not comply with unlawful travel requirements. Boat dwellers from all over […]
All NBTA members are invited to the next Committee meeting, which will take place in Watford on Sunday 26th March 2017, 2pm to 5pm, downstairs at Starbucks, 34 High Street, Watford WD17 1ED.
Bargee Traveller Matthew Jones yesterday won his appeal against Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) attempt to strike out the Article 8 elements of his defence against eviction from CRT’s waterways under Section 8 of the British Waterways Act 1983. The case will now be remitted back to Bristol County Court where Mr Jones will be […]
Canal & River Trust (CRT) is to publish “illustrative cruising patterns” for Bargee Travellers with school age children, according to a report by the Waterways Ombudsman. This was revealed by the Ombudsman on 14th February 2017 in the final decision on a complaint from a family whose licence had been restricted to 6 months.
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: