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

Half a million to fix a lock

January 2017 - By Peter Underwood

Big river locks are expensive beasts and the Canal & River Trust has just begun a £500,000 project to repair Brick Lock, on the River Stort near Roydon.

One of 15 locks on the Start navigation, Brick Lock was built in 1769 and now has deteriorated to the extent that one whole wall needs to be taken apart and put back together – although project Manager Colin Perks insists there is 'no immediate threat.'

New CRT Head of Legal has a good memory

January 2017 - Allan Richards digs into some intriguing metadata

A Freedom of Information Act request has resulted in publication of the letters from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – and shown what an excellent memory the Canal & River Trust's Head of Legal has.

Question time for the boating team

January 2017 - Allan Richards recalls promises made

Do you have a question you would like to ask C&RT’s boating team? Would you like to take part in a live Q&A session?

Lack of London facilities unites IWA and Bargee Travellers against C&RT inactivity

January 2017 - By Peter Underwood

A survey conducted by the Canal & River Trust into London's boaters has brought together boaters organisations in unprecedented alliance – all calling on the charity to get on with providing more facilities and moorings in the capital.

C&RT threatened with criminal prosecution following Pontcysyllte death

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January 2017 - Allan Richards investigates

The Health and Safety executive has confirmed that an ongoing investigation into one of the recent deaths at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct may result in criminal prosecution. On 31 May 2016, 18 year old Kris McDowell fell to his death from the World Heritage Site Aqueduct.

Trust forced to produce an equality policy

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December 2016 - By Peter Underwood

After years of ambivalence about it's responsibilities under the Equality Act of 2010 it seems the Canal & River Trust may have finally been forced into adopting proper policies.

London boaters to ‘reclaim the towpath’ amidst fears for safety

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London boaters are set to ‘reclaim the towpath’ on the east London rivers and canals to promote safety and solidarity, as a survey of London towpath users reveals that just over half have often, or sometimes, avoided the towpath because of fear of crime.

Gas Safety Week 2017

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Who said your neighbours’ gas is safe?

CRT Licence Review report signals “significant” change for boaters

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Findings from the first phase of the consultation for the Canal and River Trust’s 2017 licencing review have been released, in what CRT have called “the most significant review of licensing in a generation”

‘Continuous Cruisers’ have come under fire in a report recently released by CRT as part of a nationwide review of boat licencing rules.

London Boater News launches free news writing workshops for boaters

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LB News are offering free one day news writing workshops to London boaters on Sunday the 14th and 28th May at an office venue in Golden Square near Piccadilly Circus tube.

There are spaces at each workshop for 6-8 people and they will be run by two professional boater journalists/editors. The workshops will start at 10.30 am and finish around 4pm.

The news report or article are the ones you tend to find at the front of newspapers – with opinion and other feature articles at the back.
You will need a laptop. We have wifi and 240v sockets.


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