CRT have recently issued a new River Severn Navigation Guide.
There is a lot of standard padding but the core navigation guide is worth printing out if you are going this way.
You can download or read it here
CRT have a web page called Boaters without a home mooring: How far is far enough?
They say A number of boaters have asked for clarification of the legal requirement to cruise throughout the period of their licence and, in particular, what is the minimum distance that should be covered in order to comply with the Trust’s Guidance for Boaters without a Home Mooring. This page should help.
It can be accessed here
They go on When our enforcement officers record sightings they now record which kilometre of each waterway the boat is on. You can see the locations of all of our kilometre lengths by checking our bespoke map.
This map is handy becasue there are no kilometer posts on the system. When the map opens there is a national view. Drill down into any area and when the detail comes up, it is possible to select any given place and the kilometer length is highlighted in lighter blue.
CRT have started a consultation on the proposed regeneration of Bulbourne Yard and Workshops on the Southern GU. Local events have been held on 22nd and 23rd of February 16, They have published a leaflet with further details of the scheme which can be read here. A web site is available at http://bulbourneyard.co.uk/ where you can view details and make comment. If you know the area, please do make a comment.
On 10 March 2016 CRT issued a press release UPDATE ON LICENSING PROCESS FOR BOATS WITHOUT HOME MOORINGS
CRT has updated its process for licensing boats without a home mooring.
From 1 May 2016 the Trust will no longer offer three month restricted licences to boaters who have not been meeting the terms of their ‘continuous cruiser’ licence. (Presumably this is the CRT interpretation of this.)
CRT say there are 5,000 boats without a home mooring having their their movement patterns reviewed prior to licence renewal. Since 1 May 2015, where CRT were unhappy about movement, licences for shorter durations (three or six months) were offered in 652 cases. CRT have also issued over 860 extended stays and equality adjustments for boaters without a home mooring.
The press release can be seen here here:
A CRT review of the process and further details including a map of national hot spots can be read here
NABO will comment in the next NABO News now in preparation.
What should CRT’s priorities be for 2016?
Mark Tizard summarises the members’ discussions at the AGM
The consensus was that members were very supportive of NABO continuing to hold CRT to account on areas of strategic policy such as enforcement, moorings, BSS and the legality of the terms and conditions.
However from the perspective of day-to-day boater experience, the real concern was that CRT’s focus should be to concentrate on the fundamental requirements of boating (i.e. to ensure that the basic canal infrastructure is maintained). It was felt that, despite PR to the contrary, this was failing. It was noted that CRT’s Head of Engineering is not a director-level role, which is unusual for any organisation where engineering is such an important component. Instead of concentrating on the failing canal infrastructure, it was felt that CRT’s recent focus had been on attracting volunteers and non-boating canal users. It is all very well having volunteers painting lock gates and railings, or cutting the grass, but gates are still leaking, paddles remain broken or difficult to operate, gates are badly balanced etc. Dredging and vegetation management is required to enable boats to moor against the towpath, even on some visitor moorings. Because this requirement is a given, we perhaps have not focussed on it recently as much as we might have. Your Council will take this on board and ensure that CRT is made aware of this at our meetings. Let us know if you have other thoughts on these subjects.