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.
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.