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 […]
The Middle Level Navigation Byelaws 2020, which provide enforcement powers for the Middle Level Commissioners (MLC) regarding boat registration, compulsory third party insurance and Boat Safety certification, were confirmed by the Secretary of State for DEFRA on 28th May 2021. The MLC however, have been demanding that boaters pay for a “licence” and were requiring […]
Canal & River Trust (CRT) has made an initial response to the NBTA’s Pre-Action Protocol letter of 29th May 2021 challenging some of the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions. CRT has refused to stay the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions as we had asked, but has stated instead that it will not enforce […]
On Sunday 13 June 2021 the River Lee in Hackney, London will again be filled with a flotilla of boats, all protesting against the Canal and River Trust’s introduction of new mooring restrictions on the Lower Lee (Hackney and Tottenham) and Broxbourne – restrictions that boaters say are just the start of CRT’s plans to […]
Following the publication by Canal & River Trust (CRT) of its revised Boat Licence Terms and Conditions, the NBTA’s lawyers sent a second pre-action protocol letter to CRT this week. We would like to again thank everyone who has contributed to the appeal to fund this legal challenge – see https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/protect-boats-homes/– Please keep sharing and […]