Here are feature articles by London Boaters. Members may comment on matters presented here.

Trust finally bids for EA waterways

December 2017 - Canal and River Trust has given a muted and brief confirmation that it has finally bid to take over the Environment Agency's navigations including the Thames and East Anglian rivers, reports Peter Underwood.

The bid to swallow up the Eivironmewnt Agency's waters did not come with a big annoucement from C&RT trustees nor it's Chief Executive; instead it appeared in the in-house newsletter of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) in an apparent leak.

Isn't it a pain when you have to move your mooring?

December 2017 - Whether you are on a marina or simply keeping to the 14-day rule it can often seem a pain to have to move your mooring. Peter Underwood has taken a photographic look at the problem on a far larger scale.

It does sometimes seem a bit of a faff to have to untie the boat and shift it somewhere else but it could be worse. The Royal Navy Auxiliary supply ship Wave Ruler has been in Cammel Laird's shipyard for some months and today three tugs arrived just before high tide on the River Mersey.

Waterway Partnerships in disarray - one failed to publish any minutes for 18 months

December 2017 - In September, The Floater asked 'Waterways Partnerships - success or failure?' Now Allan Richards takes a more detailed look, concentrating on one of the failing Waterway Partnerships - East Midlands who are no longer meeting.

Trust apologises for press release

December 2017 - The Canal & River Trust has apologised for a press release where it claimed it would spend £7m less this winter than in previous years (Did C&RT really spend £80m on restoration last year?). In response to an information request the trust now says that it got its figures wrong. Allan Richards explains.

Colin makes next move towards restoring Northern Reaches

November 2017 - Despite unnecessary and groundless objections from North West waterways manager Chantelle Seaborn, Colin Ogden and his 1,000 strong band of Owd Lanky Boaters have taken a major step forward in their plans to restore the Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal, as Peter Underwood reports.

Did C&RT really spend £80m on restoration last year?

November 2017 - Canal & River Trust has finally confirmed that it is to spend £7m less this winter in maintaining the waterways entrusted to it, but the mystery that remains is another £80m allegedly spent on 'restoration' as Allan Richards reports.

C&RT's admission follows a Floater article quoting press releases detailing spend during the winter period for the last four years (C&RT boasts of maintenance spend – but it's down £7 million this winter).

Fishermen win a cut in winter mooring space

November 2017 - Hard on the heels of fishermen attracting widespread condemnation for demanding that more Cormorants and Goosanders must be shot across the country, it seems fishing lobbyists have also persuaded Canal & River Trust to change the rules in their favour, and to the detriment of boaters, as Peter Underwood reports.

Manchester lock to get the Hacienda treatment

November 2017 - Not satisfied with reaching out to cyclists, dog walkers and runners C&RT is now targetting fans of funk, disco and house music from the days of Manchester’s Hacienda club, as Peter Underwood reports.

Lock 91 on the Rochdale Canal is to host what the Trust describes as 'the World’s first DJ set in a drained canal lock chamber' and it claims, 'visitors can dance the night away to some much-loved Hacienda club classics,' - although the event ends at 9.00pm

Apathy rules in boat licence consultation

November 2017 - With the deadline less than a month away it seems boaters have lost either interest or faith in Canal & River Trust's unnecessary consultation on boat licences, as Peter Underwood reports.

C&RT, perhaps concerned that it's consultation will lack legitimacy as just 17 per cent of boat owners have responded, has just issued a plea all boaters and boating groups to take part in the final stage of its consultation on the future of boat licensing.

Jenny tells it like it is

November 2017 - The formidable Jenny Maxwell has just posted this and it sums up the feelings of many, many boaters:

"It's a while since I wrote this, but it still seems relevant.


At ITV news report gave it out that the inland waterways of Britain are now in a thriving and healthy state, because of the investment that has been made by the Government through, first, British Waterways, and more recently, the Canal and River Trust.



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