The NBTA has today published the Best Practice Guide for Boat Dweller Accommodation Needs Assessments under Section 124 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
The waterways have been changing but not always for the best; more places are having ‘no mooring’ or reduced mooring time signs slapped on them. There has been an ever increasing nibbling away of mooring spaces. Yet Canal & River Trust (CRT) has more plans for mooring restrictions, more ‘no mooring’ signs, more business moorings […]
Canal & River Trust (CRT) is to hold more meetings for disabled boaters. This is an opportunity to raise issues regarding accessibility; ‘reasonable adjustments’; CRT’s policy towards disabled Bargee Travellers; and whatever other issues concern people.
The NBTA 10th Anniversary Celebration and General Meeting will be held at Middle Floor, 23-25 Wharf St, Leeds LS2 7EQ on Saturday 27th April 2019 from 11am to 11pm. Free entry, donations welcome.
Members and Associate Members are all invited and encouraged to come to the next committee meeting of the NBTA on 10th March 2019 2pm – 5pm at the Fisherman’s Cottage, Kennetside, Reading, RG1 3HJ 10 minutes walk from the Station…. We are meeting in the alcove to the left of the front door. See you […]
The NBTA is aware of recent reports that boaters have been approached by unspecified people claiming to be officers of Local Authorities with powers to stop them burning wood and/or non-smokeless solid fuel in their stoves and to take enforcement action against them if they refuse. Accordingly we are re-publishing Application of Smoke Control Legislation to […]
The Environment Agency is being accused of using underhand tactics to have currently unregistered riverside land put into its name, behind the backs of local live-aboard boat residents. The section of currently unregistered riverbank in West Molesey, Surrey, has been lawfully occupied for many years by a group of quiet and friendly off-grid boat owners.
The NBTA will be 10 years old in 2019. Since its formation by a small group of Bargee Travellers facing eviction in 2009, it has been active in defending and supporting itinerant boat dwellers throughout the inland waterways.
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 […]