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

C&RT introduces new letting licence – for boats with moorings

June 2017 - In the middle of a major review of its licensing system C&RT is introducing a new licence in response to widespread criticism about the lack on control over boats rented out as homes – Peter Underwood takes a look.

The Canal & River Trust's new 'letting licence' is designed, it says, to 'ensure the safety of the increasing number of people living on rented boats'.

The organisation claims it is responding to the 'numbers of boats for rent in London and further afield as people try to find alternatives to rising housing costs'.

Birmingham's Roundhouse gets lottery grant

May 2017 - One of Birmingham’s most neglected historic canalside buildings is set to be brought back to life with a £2.5m National Lottery grant, reports Peter Underwood

The cash will enable an unusual partnership of the Canal & River Trust and National Trust to revitalise the Grade II* listed Roundhouse into a city base 'from which to explore Birmingham’s famous canals by foot, bike or boat,' as the press release puts it.

Now Police investigate theft of Planet

May 2017 - Canal & River Trust is being investigated by Gloucestershire Police for theft of the Mersey Bar light vessel 'Planet', reports Allan Richards

This follows C&RT's announcement that it had sold the vessel for £12,500, a fraction its true value ( Lightship 'Planet' sold for just £12,500 ).

Lightship 'Planet' sold for just £12,500

May 2017 - A corporate spasm of spite, that would be described as a fit of pique in an individual, has resulted in an historic lightship being sold for one eighth of its minimum value, with no guarantee it won't go for scrap, as Allan Richards reports.

Alan Robert's historic Mersey Bar light vessel, 'Planet', which was seized by Canal & River Trust last year, and, for reasons never explained, towed from Liverpool to Sharpness, has been sold for just £12,500.

More of what C&RT wants you to know

May 2017 - Every now and then we like to keep readers of The Floater up to date with the items being offered to the media by the Canal & River Trust's public relations staff across the country and Peter Underwood has a round up.

George goes back to Liverpool

The Leeds & Liverpool short boat George spent the early 20th century carrying coal from the mines of Wigan and Leigh to Liverpool and she is about to grace the city's docks again.

Independent? Really?

May 2017 - Allan Richards has had to use Freedom of Information requests to see minutes of a Waterways Ombudsman Committee Meeting back in December, which, he reports, show just how hard C&RT tries to maintain the pretence that this committee is independent.

The minutes, which were which were recorded by C&RT Assistant Company Secretary, Yetunde Salami, show three 'Independent' members present and one C&RT representative, Gill Eastwood. However, one of the so called 'independent' members, Janet Hogben, just happens to be a C&RT Trustee.

Driving Licence renewal may drive liveaboards round the bend

May 2017 - One of the most frustrating things about making your home on a boat is dealing with the demands of government and Peter Underwood's own experiences with the DVLA confirms life isn't getting simpler.

Driving licences are now all photo identity cards that have to be renewed every 10 years and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) reckons there are millions of out of date licences out there.

Have your say on winter stoppages

May 2017 - You have just about a month to have your say if the Canal & River Trust's planned winter stoppages will affect you travelling around the system, reports Peter Underwood.

The Canal & River Trust has published its draft winter maintenance programme for 2017-18 and is asking boaters to take a look and give their feedback on the plans – but you only have until June 16 to have your say.

Win or lose in High Court - C&RT has problems

May 2017 - It is now certain that C&RT's Head of Boating, Mike Grimes, will not appear at a four-day hearing in the High Court starting on Thursday, May 18, reports Allan Richards.

Mr Grimes left C&RT's employ at Easter. In February, The Floater questioned if he would be willing to attend court to back up his witness statement in the case of Ravenscroft vs C&RT ( Did C&RT's Head of Boating fall or was he pushed? ).

Boat count shows slow growth in numbers

May 2017 - As total boat numbers creep up by just 2.4 per cent and the percentage of continuous cruisers recovers to the 2015 level Peter Underwood looks at the patterns shown by the Canal & River Trust's annual boat count.

The number of boats on C&RT waterways has risen from 29,958 in 2016 to 30,677 in 2017 although there are another 3,446 in marinas and other waters that don't require a licence, bringing the total number of boats to 34,123.


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