About Us

We are the London branch of the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA).

The NBTA is a volunteer organisation formed in 2009 that campaigns and provides advice for itinerant boat dwellers on Britain’s inland and coastal waterways. This includes anyone whose home is a boat and who does not have a permanent mooring for their boat with planning permission for residential use.

NBTA was founded in 2009 in the Reading area, the NBTA seeks to represent the interests of Bargee Travellers far and wide and welcomes participants irrespective of location.

The London branch was formed in June 2014, in recognition both of the growing number boat dwellers in the London area and of the fact that it is often easier to organise locally than nationally.

Our contact details are on the right.

Otherwise email nbtalondon@gmail.com, Twitter @nbtalondon, Facebook NBTA London

Our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions are available here.

The NBTA is not a law firm and we do not purport to be lawyers. Our legal resources are provided “as-is” and without warranty or liability.

NBTA founded in 2009 in the Reading area, the NBTA seeks to represent the interests of Bargee Travellers far and wide and welcomes participants irrespective of location. The NBTA also welcomes contact from other boating interest groups.

The London branch was formed early in 2014, in recognition both of the growing number of boat dwellers in the London area and of the fact that it is often easier to organise locally than nationally.

What we do

The NBTA is an organisation open to all but is run by people who live on their boats and travel, 12 months a year and as part of their lifestyle, in other words not just for the summer and not just for fun. NBTA members have made a choice to live on a boat as opposed to bricks and mortar but this choice is regularly made for us by ever escalating house prices and the oppressive nature of modern life.

Our community has few specific rights in law and navigation authorities do not always accept our right to respect for our homes. Every year boat dwellers are evicted and their boats seized. Many of these people are disabled, elderly or ill. No- one should be made homeless, including boat dwellers. one should be made homeless, including boat dwellers.

Originally most people living on boats on the UK’s waterways were working people on low incomes. Now, the waterways are increasingly being marketised by navigation authorities to increase their profits from property developments and leisure industry, rather than meeting our needs. Navigation authorities are progressively imposing tougher restrictions on Bargee Travellers, which they promote using misleading information about our legal rights and derogatory, untrue allegations about our behaviour. Many of these new ‘rules’ are not within powers of the navigation authorities to enforce.

Join the NBTA and help to challenge this unlawful activity and get a better deal for itinerant boat dwellers. Membership of the NBTA is free. We invite members to itinerant boat dwellers contribute a voluntary donation.

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A volunteer organisation formed in 2009 campaigning and providing advice for itinerant boat dwellers on Britain’s inland and coastal waterways

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