The Canal & River Trust is today (Tuesday 27 ) re-opening a 12 mile section of the Trent & Mersey Canal five weeks ahead of schedule following serious damage caused by the exceptionally heavy rainfall in September.
The Trust has invested nearly £400k to fix the damaged . . . → Read More: Trent & Mersey breach at Croxton completed ahead of schedule
The Canal & River Trust welcomes the Judgment of Mrs Justice Cox DBE, issued in the High Court on 16 November 2012, which has fully endorsed the Trust’s 2011 Guidance For Boaters Without A Home Mooring as a correct interpretation of the law.
In her . . . → Read More: Canal & River Trust’s mooring guidance endorsed by the High Court
2 November 2012
Responsible for looking after 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, the Canal & River Trust has been described as ‘the longest local authority in the country’. As a newly established charity, the trust is making the nation’s canals and rivers more relevant to communities than ever before.
The trust works . . . → Read More: CRT works with Local Government Association
Itinerant live-aboard boaters are carrying on their legal challenge of the Canal & River Trust’s unlawful harassment of boat dwellers without home moorings.
Following refusal of permission to bring a Judicial Review of the Guidance for Boaters Without a Home Mooring live-aboard boater Nick Brown confirmed that he is to appeal.
“The judgement contains at . . . → Read More: Live-aboard Boaters Challenge Judicial Review
November 16th 2012
The Canal & River Trust (CRT) announce that they have appointed David Quarmby CBE as the Chairman of a Freight Advisory Group to help establish our policy on inland waterway freight and provide strategic advice to the executive management on freight issues.
Freight on the River Trent
Mr Quarmby is a respected . . . → Read More: Canal & River Trust appoint Freight Advisory Group
RYA reports that it has managed to get the proposed EU article on harmonising watercraft licences removed.
The proposed legislative article, put forward by a Dutch MEP to a revision of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD), removed.
There has been considerable concern about the European Parliament’s latest amendments to a revision of the RCD.
In . . . → Read More: RYA gets article removed from Recreational Craft Directive
During a recent European Parliament session a Dutch MEP raised the prospect of a Directive that has the potential to add a tier of unnecessary bureaucracy for boat owners.
The request for an additional Directive came during a committee discussion over an existing straightforward Recreational Craft Directive which covers boat manufacturing and the requisite safety . . . → Read More: Say no to EU red tape that will effect UK boating
How will the Thames look in ten or 15 years time?
A conference held at Oxford Town Hall kick-started the process of drawing up a strategic plan for the river over the next few years.
Fifty delegates attended a River Thames Alliance meeting including representatives from riverside councils, riparian owners, and societies connected with the . . . → Read More: Views Sought on future of River Thames
Boat registration charges for the non-tidal Thames are to go up by 4.6% – inflation plus 2%.
But fees for commercial boats will be frozen at 2011 levels for another three years.
The Environment Agency is also introducing changes for boats sold or bought during the year.
It says the increases are measures to help . . . → Read More: River Thames Boat Registration Fees to Rise