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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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Join us to gain access to the members areas of this website, where London Boaters communicate and plan their projects. As well as being able to contribute with comments, you may also subscribe to be alerted to any new developments as desired.

About Renting a boat in London

If you are thinking of hiring or renting a boat privately, offering your boat for hire, or buying a boat to rent-out, The Canal and River Trust has recently published the following statement about privately renting boats:

Register to vote in the 2015 General Election

Have you registered to vote in the General Election on 7 May?

If you live on a boat, you must register by 20th April and before every election to be eligible to vote.

Live aboard boaters in Hackney can register to vote by declaring a local connection. The declaration of a local connection form can be requested by calling 020 8356 3232 or by collecting a form in person from Electoral Services at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA.

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