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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Trip to Bristol

    With the general unpleasantness some folks appear to feel free to voice in the the name of "free speech" etc, it is not suprising that the event mentioned in the first newspaper article happened.
    Picking on small isolated sections of society is not confined to individuals, starts at the top, Peter Lilleys "I have little list" springs to mind.
    Do have suspicion that the article alledging boat was sunk was by wash was either hearsay or very poor boat mantainance.Even narrowboats have a few inches of freeboard.
    The lads would have had to go past umpteen times to get enough water in.
    Suspect those named as responsible, just taken from a handy list of the usual suspects on the wall of the newspaper office.
    Last edited by oldgit; 28-01-19 at 07:51.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Trip to Bristol

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgit View Post
    With the general unpleasantness some folks appear to feel free to voice in the the name of "free speech" etc, it is not suprising that the event mentioned in the first newspaper article happened.
    Picking on small isolated sections of society is not confined to individuals, starts at the top, Peter Lilleys "I have little list" springs to mind.
    Do have suspicion that the article alledging boat was sunk was by wash was either hearsay or very poor boat mantainance.Even narrowboats have a few inches of freeboard.
    The lads would have had to go past umpteen times to get enough water in.
    Suspect those named as responsible, just taken from a handy list of the usual suspects on the wall of the newspaper office.
    Two ABC hire NBs from Hilperton Marina, crewed by young men, steamed at max revs down past the moored live aboards below BoA lock, shouting abuse at them and, unsurprisingly, received a similar response which merely spurred them on. Alcohol played a big part in this and it's alleged that they were very intoxicated when they picked up the NBs.

    Old George's ancient boat was very low in the water and the turbulence created as the NBs passed caused the water to wash over the gunwhales and it sank.

    After many calls to plod and the hire firm, the NB crews were kicked off at Bathampton and left in the pouring rain. The NBs had been trashed. A public meeting followed at the Canal Tavern (don't bother, it's crap and now closed), some 30 folk turned up, and plod/town councillors/boat reps made the usual noises, something must be done, blah blah. Reps from CRT and ABC hire boats failed to attend.

    Current position is that George's wreck has been re-floated, he and his belongings are on the towpath, he lives in a tent and refuses any welfare help from Wiltshire Council. A fundraiser netted about £8k for George and whether he appreciates this is unclear given his attitude to most people.

    Plod are making daytime patrols along the towpath (in winter?)

    Meanwhile, a fund has been set up to help the live aboard boaters and BoA town council have contributed to it which has raised a few eyebrows locally. Residents have been tolerant albeit complaining about the amount of debris left on the towpath by boaters but having some of their council tax support that way of life is stiffening attitudes. Some of them don't abide by the sames rules that most of us play by which tars the rest of them. However, everyone has to live somewhere.

    Right now, the live aboards say they are being victimised and persecuted by DEFRA/EA/CRT due to the investigation by a DEFRA team started in 2017 and initiated by complaining riparian MPs on the Thames, into so-called unlawful mooring on the banks. Doubtless this will become yet another displacement exercise rather than a solution finding project. I forsee another legal case with boaters using A.8 of the ECHR as their primary weapon.

    Anyway, it's a lovely sunny day, gin clear blue sky, must get boating now.
    When I was in the Navy ...

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Trip to Bristol

    The defra group was set up by Dominic Raab in response to complaints about a few untidy multiple occupancy boats in the Molesey area.

    Agree about the boating the River is lovely. Nobody else seems to be out so far (Windsor area)

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