Gas safety and Coulrophobia

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Gas safety and Coulrophobia* – by Ron Gooding

It seems so simple working with gas. A little bit of pipe, some orange hose with numbers on it and a few clips. Also my mate’s dad is a plumber and said he can help. I mean it isn’t rocket science is it?

CRT announce ‘improvements’ as investigation REVEALS plans for hundreds of permanent London moorings

Photo of moored boats in London

The Canal & River Trust has released a statement announcing the current and ongoing and future plans for “improvements” to London’s “bustling canals” following a freedom of information request by LB News that reveals further details of their future plans – including for 404 new permanent moorings.

The request, using freedom of information laws, was sent by an LB News reporter who recently attended the Centre for Investigative Journalism ‘community investigative journalism’ course advertised on London Boaters Facebook earlier this year.

Bargee Travellers march in London

Photo of Bargee Travellers march in London

The National Bargee Traveller Association held a rally in London on Saturday to protest against the Canal and River Trust ‘new’ enforcement policy and to hand in a petition to the Prime Minister at Downing Street.

The march, through central London to Downing Street, was “organised in defence of the boat dweller community in face of C&RT threatening or actually evicting boat dwellers for their distance or pattern movement”, say the NBTA.

River Canal Rescue provides support as ‘Idle Women’ tour gets underway

Idle Women poster

River Canal Rescue will be providing free breakdown and emergency assistance for Kate Saffin’s and Heather Wastier’s ‘The Idle Women’ theatrical tour which retraces the 320 mile route wartime trainees working on Grand Union Canal Carrying Company (GUCC) boats would have taken 75 years ago.

Performers and crew for the Alarum Theatre Group’s, ‘The Idle Women; Recreating the Journey’ will be performing and travelling on an historic 80 year-old working boat and a support narrowboat.

All change - or small change - for London boaters at the CRT strategy meeting?

Photo of a mooring bollard

The Canal and River Trust has revealed its plans for London boating at a meeting with an invited focus group of boaters and other canal ‘stakeholders’ groups at the Pirate Castle in Camden earlier this month.

The “draft proposals” include “reviewing” 14 day stays on all visitor moorings, creating a “limited number” of new short stay moorings in central London, alongside increasing facilities and increasing towpath mooring rings and permanent moorings outside of central London.

Trouble on the cut at Corbridge Crescent

Photo of boater campaigners at Corbridge Crescent

Campaigners vow to block Gaswork moorings amidst ‘gentrification’ claims

Boater campaigners and the National Bargee Traveller Association London Branch have come together to ‘defend community space’ in the face of plans to develop and charge rent on a previously free mooring site on the Regents Canal in Tower Hamlets.

Some hands to the deck at the Pirate Castle for the London mooring consultation

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The promised London Mooring Strategy consultation with London boaters and other canal ‘stake-holders’ appears to be spreading its tentacles with a ‘sounding board’ for invited boaters being launched by the Canal and River Trust on the 14th March at an evening session at The Pirate Castle in Camden.

In an invite email - seen by London Boater News - CRT say that the ‘London Mooring Strategy Sounding Board’ will be asked to “discuss the direction of the strategy and the strategic, headline proposals being considered.”

Too much pressure? – River Canal Rescue wade into London boaters

Photo of a funny looking conker

River Canal Rescue, a commercial marine breakdown service, has said the “explosion in live-boards” in London is putting “pressure” on its business.

In a press statement released this week, RCR managing director, Stephanie Horton, said that the number, standard and condition of boats in London is causing “frustration for our engineers.”

London Boaters launches News service

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London Boaters is launching a news and information online platform to revive its website and to promote it as a community resource. The news service – called London Boater News – will be publishing news articles, comment and opinion on the recently revamped London Boaters website. A spokesperson for London Boater News said that the news service was intended to complement London Boaters Facebook group, as well as provide a service for non-Facebookers, and encouraged boaters to become involved.

London Boaters - past, present and future

Photo of the thames in olden days

London Boaters was set up in 2008 as a means of keeping CCing boaters in touch with each other. The initial idea was pretty much a monthly night in a pub, catching up, drinking and discussing boat stuff or any other old bollocks.

The first Pyrate Regatta took place in August 2009 on the marshes behind Edmonton Ikea but afterwards the monthly meetings kind of dropped off. A sense of ‘job done’? Hangovers? Winter? Who knows.

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