We are the London branch of the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA).
The NBTA is an organisation open to all but is run by people who live on their boats and travel, 12 months a year and as part of their lifestyle, in other words not just for the summer and not just for fun.
The National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) is a volunteer organisation that campaigns and provides support and advice for boat dwellers without permanent moorings on Britain's inland and coastal waterways. The term 'Bargee Traveller' includes any person whose only or main home is a boat and who does not have a permanent residential mooring for their boat.
Our community has few specific rights in law and navigation authorities do not always respect our homes; they are progressively imposing tougher restrictions on Bargee Travellers even when these are not lawful. Every year boat dwellers are evicted and their boats seized. No one should be made homeless, including boat dwellers.
Originally, most people living on boats on the UK's waterways were working people on low incomes. Now, the waterways are increasingly being marketised to increase profits from property developments and the leisure industry, rather than meeting our needs.
We need more facilities such as water taps and rubbish disposal. We need better upkeep of locks and bridges, and proper maintenance of the water bank so that boats can moor alongside them in more places.
The NBTA is an open organisation which aims to defend and improve our community's way of life.
The NBTA London is campaigning for the rights of boat dwellers and are fundraising to cover basic costs such as awareness raising, printing, meetings and importantly, helping other boaters. Please help us to continue our work.