In an astonishing U-turn compared to its previous anti-liveaboard policy, Oxford City Council voted to recognise boats as affordable housing in a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on 9th December 2020.
On 8th June 2021, the NBTA gave a presentation to the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group (APPWG) on the subject of ‘Living on the Water’. Canal & River Trust (CRT) and the Residential Boat Owners Association were also invited to give presentations. Each organisation was requested to state their three ‘key asks’ of Government.
There will be an open air meeting and picnic to discuss further resistance to the boat cull and so-called ‘water safety zones’ mooring restrictions on the River Lea in London. The event will take place at 12 noon on Sunday 1st August at HereEast, Hackney, London E15 2GW. All are welcome.
All NBTA members are invited to the Committee meeting which will be held by telephone conference on Sunday 15th August 2021 at 2pm to 4pm.
CRT has made minor changes to the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions (T&C) in response to the NBTA’s Pre-Action protocol letter of 31st May 2021, but has not altered its position on the major issues challenged by the NBTA.
At the end of April 2021 the Environment Agency (EA) resumed enforcement of the draconian restrictions and fines on its own visitor moorings on the River Thames, having appointed the discredited sub-contractor District Enforcement (DE) to police these in September 2020.
NBTA member and writer Ian Hutson describes the progression of a complaint to Canal & River Trust (CRT) after he received an enforcement letter from CRT stating that he had not travelled far enough during the Covid-19 pandemic:
The Environment Agency (EA) recently stated in a response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request that it will run a consultation this year (2021) regarding use of the power to remove unregistered boats in Article 16 of the Environment Agency (Inland Waterways) Order 2010 in the case of boats used as homes. This decision […]
Following a Judicial Review challenge by Community Law Partnership (CLP) on behalf of a liveaboard boater, Bath & North East Somerset Council (BANES) is reconsidering its decision to close the 14 day moorings at Mead Lane, Saltford, on the River Avon between the beginning of November and the end of February every year. The judicial […]
The deadline for EU citizens living in the UK to apply for Settled Status and the right to remain in the UK is coming up on 30th June 2021. EU citizens who don’t apply could end up being denied a job, NHS treatment and more. If you are an EU citizen, apply now. If you […]