This is a demonstration to demand that Canal & River Trust (CRT) stops evicting or threatening to evict boat dwellers without permanent moorings based on their distance or pattern of travel. The right to use and live on a boat without a permanent mooring on CRT waterways is enshrined in the British Waterways Act 1995. CRT’s ‘rules’ are not supported by the law, which does not state a minimum distance that must be travelled to prevent CRT seizing your home.
In 2016 we handed a petition to Number 10 Downing Street, signed by almost 30,000 people, opposing CRT’s punitive and unlawful ‘rules’. The Government has not done anything to stop CRT; the Prime Minister passed the petition to DEFRA which in turn referred us back to CRT, which refuses to change its policy. Let’s keep up the pressure! Join us on the march to Number 10 with an even bigger petition and then to DEFRA to tell them we will not be fobbed off! The Government must take responsibility for keeping CRT in check.
We also demand that CRT stops the imposition of mooring time limits of less than 14 days; abandons its plan for chargeable bookable moorings and stops selling off our waterways. We want proper maintenance of locks, bridges and waterway banks; more mooring rings; more water taps and more sanitary facilities. Join us in defending the boat dweller community!
The demonstration starts on Saturday 8th April 2017 at 12 noon. Assemble at Victoria Embankment Gardens, Villiers St, London WC2N 6NS for a march to Downing Street and on to DEFRA in Smith Square.
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