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.
All NBTA members are invited to the next NBTA Committee meeting in Wolverhampton on Sunday 8th April 2018, 2pm to 5pm, at the Great Western, Corn Hill, Wolverhampton WV10 0DG (tel 01902 351090).
The NBTA welcomes the decision not to increase licence fees for boats without a home mooring, announced by Canal & River Trust (CRT) on Tuesday 6th March 2018. We oppose the fee increases for widebeams and the reductions in the prompt payment discount. The NBTA will do all it can to defend the boaters affected […]
The NBTA has referred Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) policy on Bargee Travellers with school age children to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. CRT published its Equality Policy for Customer Service Delivery in October 2017. With regard to boaters without a home mooring who have school-aged children, CRT’s policy states that: “We have considered […]
The NBTA and four other Petitioners obtained amendments to the Middle Level Bill that go some way towards protecting both boat dwellers and leisure boaters from enforcement, following an Opposed Bill Select Committee in the House of Commons on 15th-17th January 2018.
As Cambridge City Council looks set to start evicting Bargee Travellers moored at Riverside Dock and elsewhere on the River Cam following a consultation on revisions to its mooring policy in 2017 that failed to engage with these boat dwellers, over one thousand people have signed an online petition calling for a halt to the evictions. […]
The NBTA has published its consultation responses here as a resource for Bargee Travellers and boat dwellers who may wish to respond to future consultations on matters that affect them.
All NBTA members are invited to the Committee meeting on Sunday 21st January 2018 at 2pm-5pm at the The Sun Inn, 7 Lichfield Road, Stafford, ST17 4JX (tel 01785 248361). Come and help to run the NBTA and decide what the NBTA’s priorities should be for the next few months. Among other things we will be planning Volunteer Caseworker […]
Canal & River Trust (CRT) earlier this year stayed Section 8 cases against two boat dwellers without home moorings, Matthew Jones and Christopher McKendrick, following the Court of Appeal judgment in Matthew Jones’s favour on 7th March 2017. The Consent Order sealed by Bristol County Court on 23rd May 2017 shows that CRT reached a settlement […]