The Towpath Gathering is on Saturday 11 June at 12 noon in Victoria Park at the furthest western gate of the park (Canal Gate).
It’s been about a year since the Canal and River Trust (CRT) started its policy of threatening to evict or actually evicting people in the travelling boater community for their distance travelled or their pattern of movement. The number of boats without home moorings has declined since the time the policy was brought in.
The policy has put pressure on the community. But many boat dwellers stand defiant against CRT’s policy and demand more mooring rings and facilities.
Unity of our community is key and as such we are organising a celebration of the boater community at our annual Towpath Gathering.
There will be music, entertaining acts, spoken word, film showing, speeches, and arts&crafts from the boater community.
As if that wasn’t enough, there will a wide range of trade boats!
The record boat, jewellery boat, cafe boat, poetry boat, museum boat and the Village Butty will all be there and possibly more.
The Towpath Gathering is on:
Saturday 11 June at 12 noon at the furthest western end of Victoria Park on the canal (Canal Gate).
Please come, enjoy and celebrate the boater community with us.
There is demonstration to demand that the Canal and River Trust (CRT) stops evicting or threatening to evict travelling boat dwellers based on their pattern of travel or distance traveled. It is also to stop the reduction of the 14 day rule, to stop the sale of our waterways and to demand the maintenance of the waterway banks, to install more mooring rings and more facilities.
On the Saturday 16 April at 12.30am in Central London, Gower Street / Euston Road, London NW1
For more info read on.
It’s coming up to a year since Canal & River Trust (CRT) rolled out its policy of refusing to renew or shortening the licence periods of boaters without permanent moorings who CRT deem not to have travelled in the ‘correct’ manner. Many in our community have been affected by the threat of losing our homes and some boat dwellers have already been evicted by CRT.
CRT has not just gone after boaters who have travelled in a very small area. CRT has also shortened or refused to renew the licences of boat dwellers who have travelled up to 100 miles. It seems CRT’s aim is to get rid of a certain number of boat dwellers without a home mooring and they are not too bothered about who they get rid of.
There is already a law that states we mustn’t stay longer than 14 days in one place. We don’t need CRT making up unlawful extra ‘rules’. We must step up the campaign to stop CRT restricting or refusing to renew the licences of boaters whose travelling pattern is completely lawful.
In addition to this, CRT has reduced the stay times in some areas from 14 days to as little as 24 hours. They have concreted over canal banks making it impossible to moor in large areas of London and other urban areas, have failed to maintain the canal bank and in some cases CRT even plan to sell off stretches of waterway contrary to assurances given to Parliament in 2012.
CRT made a surplus of £39.4 million in 2014/15 and hold a reserve fund of £660 million. CRT can easily afford to install more facilities for boaters and repair waterway banks that are currently impossible to moor on. Instead, CRT has taken away or failed to repair water taps, sewage and rubbish disposal facilities.
Boat dwellers will be joining the People Assembly demo which one key demand is for housing on 16th April 2016 to demonstrate that our community deserves better. We will not be alone. We will march with others demanding decent housing. We will hand in a petition to Parliament demanding that the Government pressures CRT to stop its attack on boat dwellers without a home mooring.
We plan to take a picture of all the boat dwellers on the march to bring to another demonstration at CRT offices a few weeks after. We demand:
Stop Evictions of Boat Dwellers!
Defend the 14 day rule!
Stop the Sale of our Waterways!
Maintain the Waterway Banks and More Mooring Rings!