STOP PRESS Andrzei’s boat was seized by Canal & River Trust on 14th May 2019 at Harlesden and craned out.
The Andrzei enforcement case is said to be no longer being dealt with by the local enforcement officer and regional enforcement manager. This after Section 7 of the British Waterways act 1983, which lays out the process in which the Canal and River Trust (CRT) must do before claiming a boat is unsafe, was brought to their attention. Both CRT enforcement staff claim to have no knowledge of this section.
Andrzei’s case was then passed on to the CRT legal team for a internal ‘review’. At the end of this ‘review’, CRT is no longer saying his boat is unsafe; they are now just relying on a court judgement from 2017. The court order is to remove Andrzei’s boat from their waterways for being ‘unlawfully’ moored. For Andrzei, English is a second language and he didn’t make his case to the court. He put his licence in his girlfriend’s name and CRT was happy with movements of the boat, giving it a winter mooring. It was licensed until CRT revoked the licence, claiming the boat was ‘unsafe’.
Andrzei, with up to date insurance and Boat Safety Scheme Certificate, is able and willing to use his boat for navigation and has sent in a new licence application form. So far CRT is still saying they are going to evict.
Email CRT to change their minds in evicting Andrzei
Here is a template email:Template email to stop eviction 2
If you’re happy to be called upon to try to stop CRT evicting or if CRT tries to take his boat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org your number and we will tell you when CRT turns up. Many people have already said that they will come and support Andrzei; however we would like as much support as we can get.
Also if you are between Paddington and Watford and you see CRT enforcement officers and/or tugs which are used for evicting boats, please text and tell us which way they are heading. The number is; 07459354163