Court action to remove boats from our waterways

After a lengthy warning process, we're sometimes left with no choice but to remove boats from our waterways, even when the boats are peoples’ homes. A number of people have asked us to document the action we take and to publish the court orders we have already obtained. This page does so.

If we know, or there is reasonable likelihood, that a boat is being used as a person’s home, then we don't simply serve notices under Section 8 and Section 13 of the British Waterways Acts 1983 and 1971, respectively, and remove the boat from our waterways.

Instead we'd rather engage in correspondence with the boat owners before then proceeding to serve the statutory notices, which will then not be enforced without the prior sanction of the court. We therefore ask the courts to decide on individual cases and these cases proceed to court unless a prior agreement is reached with the boat owner(s). 

Listed below are the details of the cases where we have issued legal proceedings and obtained Court Orders or the parties have reached an agreement over the last three years. We'll continue to add any future Court Orders received once they have been enforced. 

Note: 

Section 8 of the British Waterways Act 1983 permits us, after giving at least 28 days notice, to remove a craft which is sunk, stranded, abandoned or unlawfully moored on our waterways.

Section 13 of the British Waterways Act 1971 states that it is unlawful to moor or keep any houseboat (defined mainly as any vessel not used for navigation) on our waterways without a valid licence. It further gives us the power to remove or (ultimately) demolish a houseboat if, following proper notice, the owner does not first remove it.

Index

Boat Name

Court Date

Court

Outcome of Court Case

77101

Driftwood

11/02/2020 Nottingham Court Order Obtained
62826

Allargando

04/12/2019 Manchester Court Order Obtained
61782

Ladybird

14/10/2019  Preston  Court Order Obtained
52721

Halcyon Daze

15/08/2019

Nottingham

Court Order Obtained

119236

Jaws

10/06/2019

Watford

Court Order Obtained

525042

Made of Crete

28/05/2019

Central London

Court Order Obtained

502080

Kingfisher

10/04/2019

Central London

Court Order Obtained

116710

Lapwing II

08/02/2019

Central London

Court Order Obtained

47746

Phyllis May

15/01/2019

Manchester

Court Order Obtained

501857

The Lady

03/01/2019

Central London

Court Order Obtained

72104

Phoenix

11/12/2018

Central London

Court Order Obtained

67631

Pegasus

08/11/2018

Chester

Court Order Obtained

77730

Maryjane & Charlie

05/09/2018

Central London

Court Order Obtained

523029

Slipper

15/08/2018

Central London

Court Order Obtained

67564

Rumpus

02/08/2018

Birmingham

Court Order Obtained

523604

Samy J

04/05/2018

Central London

Court Order Obtained

119978

Boo

26/03/2018

Watford

Court Order Obtained

107966

Shenandoah

16/02/2018

Watford

Court Order Obtained

Not known 

Sumano

12/02/2018

Central London

Court Order Obtained

67099

Marnie

23/01/2018

Manchester

Court Order Obtained

116232

Dignity

15/01/2018

Central London

Court Order Obtained

523657

Poppy

12/01/2018

Central London

Court Order Obtained

117139

Jacobs Creek

22/12/2017

Coventry

Court Order Obtained

520965

Dreamcatcher

23/10/2017

Nottingham

Court Order Obtained

118097

Karma Barosan

23/10/2017

Central London

Court Order Obtained

108459

D.K.

11/10/2017

Central London

Court Order Obtained

524113

Tynesider

09/10/2017

Central London

Court Order Obtained

73382

Handel

29/09/2017

Liverpool

Court Order Obtained

 

Last date edited: 28 October 2020