It has come to our attention that Canal & River Trust (CRT) lost the preliminary stage of a case at the Information Tribunal back in February this year. On 16th February 2021 the Tribunal held that CRT was not entitled to refuse to provide information that relates to functions exercisable under the 2012 Order transferring […]
Canal & River Trust (CRT) yesterday published its revised Boat Licence Terms and Conditions which have been slightly re-worded but have not fully taken consultation responses into account. The NBTA and other concerned people and groups will continue the legal challenge to the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions. We are very grateful to all […]
All NBTA members are invited to the Committee meeting which will be held by telephone conference on Sunday 6th June 2021. at 2pm to 4pm.
On Sunday 9th May, Boaters from all over London and the River Lee gathered on Walthamstow Marshes to protest against CRT’s proposed ‘Water Safety Zones’ and to plan the next stage of action against them. An estimated 200 people joined across the five hour protest picnic, including many passers-by and local people who expressed sympathy […]
The NHS, working with Friends, Families and Travellers, has produced these yellow cards for people from Travelling communities to show if they are refused registration or treatment by a GP practice. The NBTA has a stock of these cards and we are asking our members to help to give them out to liveaboard boaters. Please […]
Friends Families and Travellers (FFT) is working with NHS England to understand how the NHS manages waiting lists for Gypsies, Travellers and Boaters and anyone who moves with their home within England. If you have experience of NHS waiting lists while travelling, complete this survey and you could win a £50 voucher: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5VQLH5F
On 31st March 2021, Friends, Families and Travellers released the findings of the largest ever study on the health of UK liveaboard boaters. The research shows that 37% of boaters have been wrongfully refused registration at GP surgeries and dentists and that if registered, liveaboard boaters are, on average, 47 kilometres away from their GP.
On Saturday 17th April, a flotilla of boats and boaters gathered in Broxbourne on the River Lee to protest against CRT’s new mooring restrictions which will see up to 550 mooring spaces lost along the river. The so-called ‘Water Safety Zones’ are being introduced in June by CRT without proper consultation of the stakeholders who […]
The National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) opposes Canal & River Trust’s (CRT) plan to cull boats from the River Lea navigation on the Lower Lea and at Broxbourne. We believe the waterways must be shared by everyone and are not for use by one group at the expense of another. As a consequence, NBTA will […]
Although no final decision has yet been made by CRT on the proposed new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions, the NBTA’s lawyers have sent a pre-action protocol letter to CRT regarding the consultation process itself, specifically the method of consultation used in this case.