Trouble on the cut at Corbridge Crescent

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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

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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.

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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.

CRT "Places" Maps defy Law and Geography

National Bargee Travellers Association statement: Canal & River Trust "Places" Maps Defy Law and Geography.

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Registering with a GP

Boaters sometimes have difficulty registering with a doctor because we can’t provide a home address in the surgery’s catchment area.

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Pages/NHSGPs.aspx

Generally, a surgery is only obligated to take you on if “you live within the catchment area and it is accepting new patients”.

This means that ultimately it is down to the discretion of the practice whether they agree register you as a permanent patient.

Boaters' Tips - Security

These are tips and ideas from boaters on safety and security on the water:

If you do have something stolen, set up Ebay and Gumtree alerts for them. Valuable items like bikes and generators sometimes come up for sale.

Try to take a picture of suspected burglers. Not only does this help identification, sometimes even just pretending to take a photograph can frighten them off.

Be secure, but don’t make a fortress you can’t escape from in a fire.

Don’t be daft (e.g. using your MacBook Pro with the curtains open, in Hackney, at midnight).

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