We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Court action to remove boats from our waterways

After a lengthy warning process, we are 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 do not 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 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 since April 2012.  We will continue to add any future Court Orders received once they have been enforced. 

Note: 

Section 8 of the British Waterways Act 1983 permits the Trust, after giving at least 28 days notice, to remove a craft which is sunk, stranded, abandoned or unlawfully moored on the Trust’s 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 the Trust’s waterways without a valid licence. It further gives the Trust the power to remove or (ultimately) demolish a houseboat if, following proper notice, the owner does not first remove it.

 

Index

Boat Name

Customer Name

Court Date

Court

Outcome of Court Case

67780 

 Freedom

Fran Grogan

21/09/2016 

Central London Court Order Obtained

66914 

Tigaiga 

Jedd O'Donovan

21/04/2016 

Swindon

Court Order Obtained

79890 

Nauti Nelli 

Wayne Wang

18/04/2016 

County Court at Central London

Court Order Obtained

118246 

Viking 1

& other unlicensed craft 

Alex Schultze & Serge Grishenkoff

14/04/2016 

Clerkenwell & Shoreditch

Court Order Obtained

118606 

 Jam

Holly Morgan

22/03/2016 

Bristol

Court Order Obtained

116176 

My Jackie 

Valentin Dragomir & 2 others

14/03/2016 

Willesden

Court Order Obtained

505141 

Tanith 

Carl Sparks

22/01/2016 

Swindon

Court Order Obtained

53945 

Picean Lady 

Thomas Whiteley

22/12/2015 

Lancaster

Court Order Obtained

60108 

 Mrs Bumble

Alexandra Essery 

18/12/2015 

County Court at Central London

Court Order Obtained

522805 

Far Canal 

Norton Pearce

25/11/2015 

Swindon

Court Order Obtained

70466 

Grand as Ote 

Coral Shipton 

20/03/2015 

Coventry

Court Order Obtained

518338

Swanny

Gillian Fryer

13/10/2014

Milton Keynes

Court Order Obtained

Not Known

Not Known

Not Known

15/08/2014

Birmingham

Court Order Obtained

65418

Zephyr

Peter James

07/08/2014

Worcester

Court Order Obtained

77096

Venturer

Laurence Hinkley

07/07/2014

Clerkenwell & Shoreditch

Court Order Obtained

510858

Mr B

Brian Hooper

07/07/2014

Clerkenwell & Shoreditch

Court Order Obtained

53342 

Frieya 

Mark Jennings & Jenny Marcyn-Clark 

13/02/2014 

Willesden  

Court Order Obtained 

60622  

 Pearl

Geoffrey Douglas Mayers 

10/02/2014 

 Chester

 Court Order Obtained

512107 

 Mathilda

Pamela Purfield 

11/12/2013 

 Stoke On Trent

Court Order Obtained 

48338 

Kenlis

Mark Ambler

17/10/2013 

Coventry 

Court Order Obtained 

505327 

Midwinter Madrigal 

 Lesley Horn

10/10/2013 

 Chester

Court Order Obtained

54634 

Widgeon 

 Andrew McLiveen

05/08/2013 

 Reading

Court Order Obtained 

114534 

Bacchus 

 Amsel Butler

05/08/2013 

Milton Keynes 

Court Order Obtained 

52657 

 Penny II

 William Fletcher

20/03/2013 

 Nottingham

Court Order Obtained 

61652 

Duke of Lancaster 

 Glyn Whitehurst

05/02/2013 

 Telford

Court Order Obtained 

61892 

Mary Grace 

Jennifer Burden 

28/01/2013 

 Coventry

Court Order Obtained

515941

Gilgie 

 Nigel Moore

27/11/2012 

London 

Approved Judgment 

Court Order

Press Release

Summary of judgement

504616

California

Benjamin Webster

19/10/2012

Liverpool

Court Order obtained

78854

Aston

Anthony Berry

08/10/2012

Bristol

Court Order obtained

64786 

 Hannelore II

George Ward 

02/10/2012 

Bristol 

Judgment 

103314

Tiffin

Shane Pike

17/09/2012

Swindon

Consent Order agreed

50584

Shuna

Stuart John Clarke

13/08/2012

Lincoln

Court Order obtained

78717

Melmar

Michael Mitchell

5&6/07/2012

Oxford

Court Order obtained

66124

Andian Hazelnut

Tom Hudson

26/06/2012

Worcester

Court Order obtained

69218

Mira

Neil Harvey

18/06/2012

Warwick

Court Order obtained

51402

Wychwood

Jerry Payne

21/06/2012

Oxford

Court Order obtained

47718

Ruthian

Terry Smith

31/05/2012

 Watford

Court Order obtained

66489

Victory

Tamara Edwards

29/05/2012

Clerkenwell & Shoreditch

Consent Order agreed

77011

The Lady May

Roger Nisbet

02/04/2012

Cambridge

Court Order obtained

 

Last date edited: 25 November 2016