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 […]
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.