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

Another council wants to 'fine' boaters

February 2018 - It seems another council is seeking to drive boaters away as Fenland District Council, a small local authority proposes to use local bye-laws to fine any boater who stays more than 36 hours on moorings in March and Whittlesey, as Alec Wood reports.

Moorings on the River Nene are few and far between and local towns with mooring benefit considerably from the trade brought by boaters but it seems we are unwelcome if we want to stay more than a day and a half.

Give us our money back Nene boaters tell EA

February 2018 - Boaters on the River Nene – now to be operated by the Environment Agency for the foreseeable future - are writing to the government department demanding a refund of their licence fees as charges go up and facilities shrink. Boater Anne Husar has recently returned to the waterway and was shocked at the decline.

Arriving back from Europe with our narrowboat last March, we were put back in the water at Wisbech and prepared to re-visit the Nene using our 8 year old Imray guide.

Boater-restorer tells C&RT to stick its grass cutting – 'we have a vision if you don't'

February 2018 - Whilst the Canal & River Trust spends millions trying to project a positive image and makes a fetish of the number of volunteers it recruits, the way it treats and attempts to control canal enthusiasts is a true measure of the institution and the sad saga of the way it has dealt with one 63-year-old boater and his thousands of supporters shows that it has a long way to go before it can be trusted, reports Peter Underwood

Want to get it off your chest? Tell us all about it

February 2018 - Letters to the editor are a time-honoured feature of local and national newspapers – a natural home for the disgruntled and those who want to draw attention to issues others may not have noticed.

If you have a 'Disgusted of Cheltenham' lurking within, then email the editor – – and we will run a collection of your missives when there are enough of them or when we need to fill some space.

We will give priority to the controversial, the funny and the well-written.

What will become of the Waterways Managers?

February 2018 - In what can only be described as a surprise move, C&RT will replace its six remaining Waterways Managers with six Regional Directors, writes Allan Richards. Having advertised for Regional Advisory Board Chairs who will replace Waterway Partnership Chairs, the Trust now appears to have decided not to promote existing Waterways Managers to Regional Directors but to make new appointments, with all the additional costs of recruitment.

Complaint to Information Commissioner over fake document as C&RT blames junior member of staff

February 2018 - The Canal & River Trust has finally replied to a complaint regarding its handling of a Freedom of Information request - and denial is the name of the game. That has now led to a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner by The Floater's Allan Richards, who made the original Freedom of Information request. He explains what is happening.

When is Excel really Excel?

February 2018 - Complaints by some that the smokeless fuel Excel was not as good as it once was, and seemed to burn cooler as well as producing much more ash, have resulted in the brand owners suggesting that boaters may be being mis-sold another product under the Excel name, as Charles Alberts reports.

When a London boater calling himself Peregrine Hamer Byrne on Facebook became so frustrated with the way Excel was burning on his boat he wrote to the manufacturer, Oxbow, asking if they had changed the product.

Use of car park enforcers still angers boaters

February 2018 - Canal & River Trust's decision to impose £150 'fines' on boaters using its long-term moorings when they are vacant – and handing enforcement over to a commercial car parking firm - is still causing anger and opostion amongst boaters, six months later, as Alec Wood reports.

Boater John Williamson complained on Facebook: “More incompetence by CRT. They have just put warning signs up on our moorings threatening an "overstaying charge" of £150 per day for boaters who do not have an agreement.”

Failed bid may be end of the road for EA waterways transfer

February 2018 - On 17 October, C&RT wrote to Waterways Minister, Therese Coffey, setting out terms for transfer of Environment Agency Waterways. More than three months later, on 25 January 2018, a meeting of C&RT’s board of trustees were told that the bid had failed. Allan Richards asks if we are now at the end of the road, and all hope of C&RT getting the Environment Agency's navigations has dissappeared?

Blowers Green U-turn by C&RT?

February 2018 - After finding it faced a united front of opposition from boating and canal organisations in Birmingham, Canal and River Trust may be about to make a U-turn on its plans to sell the freehold of the historic Blowers Green Pumphouse, as Peter Underwood reports.

C&RT's bid to sell the freehold was first spotted in early January when a tiny laminated notice- posted just as the Christmas break began - was seen near Blowers Green Pumphouse, in Dudley.​


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