Living on a boat is a positive, healthy and low-impact lifestyle compared to houses - not to mention affordable! That was officially recognised in Oxford in 1992 by measures to assist boaters, including the creation of new moorings known as Agenda 21 moorings. Agenda 21 was a commitment to sustainability promoted by the UN after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. All the boats in Oxford rely on having a boatyard near enough for parctical access for repairs and maintenance.
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The boatyard was handed vacant to British Waterways on the morning of Friday the 29th of July after the termination of the lease of Steve Goodlad, who ran the Alchemy Boats repair business there. But boaters and other Oxford residents occupied the site that afternoon and have remained there since. British Waterways posted security guards at the front gate but has now withdrawn them and the boating community is in control of the site.
Now following the rejection Bellway's and BW's appeal, the boatyard campaign is set to push forward enter the next stage, which could include drawing up plans of its own for the site. See http://www.portmeadow.org for updates and visit the boatyard to get involved.