Fund aims to keep K&A boaters afloat

Canal Boat - - Canal Boat News -

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.

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