Fund aims to keep K&A boaters afloat
Concerned that as many as 30 boats on the western end of the Kennet & Avon Canal could be in immediate danger of sinking because boaters lack the funds to repair and maintain them, local boater Phil Young has started a campaign to launch a ‘Floaty Boat Fund’ to raise cash to keep them afloat.
Longstanding liveaboard Mr Young estimates that between 20 and 30 craft between Bath and Devizes are in poor condition, but many owners are on low incomes or benefits, some have mental health issues too, and they cannot afford to repair them. So he would like to see around £30,000 raised to enable the boating community to patch up those in the worst condition.
The idea has attracted support from Wiltshire Council’s Area Board, The Hub in Bradford on Avon and local churches. Peter Dunford of the Area Board said that the Fund would be run for boaters, by boaters and funders – and that following the success of the local floating market there were plans to “help boaters help themselves” by developing new merchandising.