As of now (October 2012) it is looking likely that I will not be trading from the boat in 2013, due to the intolerance of the newly formed Canal & River Trust. They have advised I will face legal action unless I comply with the Cruising regulations of my Trading Licence. Over two years ago I let BW know that this licence was not suitable for me and was encouraged that they were looking at the possibility of a Roving mooring fee for trading boats, for which I would be happy to pay. I move almost weekly to several locations to cater for my customers and it is this continuous return that they are objecting to. Yesterday they told me they are not interested in treating me as an individual and there is no plan for a Roving mooring licence. I am looking at all my possibilities including selling my boat, my home of almost 20 years. Customers that know me realise that I have been so committed to keeping the “Floating bike shop” open that I have been starting work at 5am at the increasingly busy land workshop. This has not been ideal and not good for my health, just like living somewhere were I now feel harassed by bureaucracy. If you have any comments on this you can fill out my survey forms (you can call it a petition if you like) which are at the land base workshop, the boat, and Wigrams Marina, or email the boating trade manager
firstname.lastname@example.org I hope you will continue to support me at the land base workshop, thank you.
The canal system needs traders. How long before other traders are pushed to one side. Apart from providing a valuable service they are also NOT on the dole!