On 1st November 2018 the Middle Level Bill gained Royal Assent, having been further amended in the House of Lords Select Committee which met between 25th June and 12th July.
A multi-agency working group on “residential houseboats” was set up by the DEFRA Inland Waterways Policy Land Use section in December 2017, “tasked to look at the issue of illegally [sic] moored houseboats”. The group appears to have been set up in response to lobbying by residents in wealthy waterside areas such as the Esher and […]
The NBTA invites all members and supporters to march with us on the National Unity March Against Racism and Fascism on Saturday 17th November 2018 in central London.
Canal & River Trust (CRT) is holding its Annual Public Meeting in Birmingham on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 10:30 to 12:30. This is an opportunity to tell the CRT Trustees and Council what you think of CRT’s enforcement policy against Bargee Travellers; the behaviour of CRT staff; and the forthcoming price rises resulting from […]
The River Thames Alliance (RTA) could face mass resignations at a critical meeting if proposals to change its unaccountable governance structure are not agreed at the forthcoming AGM on 4th September 2018. Currently RTA members have no say in the appointment of the Alliance’s directors.
At least one Bargee Traveller family has successfully negotiated a Term Time Cruising Pattern with Canal & River Trust (CRT) ahead of the new school year.
The NBTA has published its response to the Environment Agency consultation on navigation charges 2019 to 2021. You can download the NBTA’s response here: 2018-08-24 NBTA response EA charges consultation The consultation closes on Thursday 30th August 2018.
Next year, in Spring 2019, the NBTA will be 10 years old. That’s 10 years of fighting the attempts of navigation and local authorities to get rid of live-aboards; 10 years of standing up for the the rights of itinerant boat dwellers and 10 years of looking out for and supporting Bargee Travellers. So rather […]
Boaters on waterways managed by the Environment Agency (EA) are facing steep increases in boat registration fees well above inflation. The EA is consulting on proposals for increases in 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021. The consultation ends on Thursday 30th August 2018. You can respond online here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-proposals-for-navigation-boat-registration-charges-2019-to-2021
Canal & River Trust seized the boat of a 67 year old pensioner on 27th March 2018, leaving the man and his dog homeless. The charity towed the man’s home away from the River Lea in East London. The boat is likely to be destroyed.