Stop the London boat cull!

Stop the London boat cull!

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National Bargee Travellers Association started this petition to The Canal and River Trust

Help the National Bargee Traveller's Association stop the Canal and River Trust from pushing boaters and boat-dwellers out of Greater London

The Canal and River Trust (CRT) is implementing a 10km ‘water safety zone’ on the River Lee, which will remove up to 400 boat moorings from East London and 150 moorings from Broxbourne.

The policy also changes the way that boats can moor together, which will drastically reduce mooring opportunities for many boaters. Displacing these boats will force people into remote and unsafe areas with fewer facilities and no access to schools for those with children, making their lives unworkable.

We are fighting for the CRT to cease implementation of this policy until there is:

- Genuine consultation with all stakeholders

- Assessment of impact on liveaboard boaters

- Clear, objective data on safety

- Agreed metrics of success

- Collaborative discussion with boaters and rowers on joint solutions

The justification offered for the ‘safety zones’ is to keep rowers safe. The CRT has not provided any evidence to support the policy, however, or evidence that rowers, who travel at 14mph, are placed at risk by powered boats moving at 4mph.

There has been no consultation. The CRT has not talked to boaters to understand the problem and collaboratively develop solutions before adopting this approach. They have not talked to any stakeholders other than the rowing clubs. There are fairer solutions that haven’t been explored.          

We appeal to all communities to sign our petition and help us protect our community, homes, and way of life.

For more information, visit: https://nbtalondon.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/share-the-space-stop-the-safety-zone/

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