Kennet and Avon Canal

Boaters Survey 2016 – Results now available

Between May and July 2016 those who live on-board boats in the Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) area were being asked how they use the River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal and how their need for basic services can be better met as part of the WaterSpace Study. This survey follows a previous boater survey in 2013 which examined boater demographics.

The Boaters Survey 2016 ran for six weeks from 24th May to 4th July 2016, and it looked at how far boaters travel, the type and size of crafts used, and the range of facilities they need whilst on the canal and river in the B&NES area. Results will be made available to the Bath WaterSpace project to enable facilities such as water points, sewage disposal and mooring areas to be planned and provided.
The survey was carried out by Consultancy Atkins Plc on behalf of the newly formed Bath WaterSpace Partnership (made up of B&NES Council, Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water). The survey will help the partners better understand what the needs are for live-aboard boaters and how they can be better provided for.

• Downloadable survey (Pdf)

The poster advertising the survey can be downloaded here.

The headline results in July are now available to download (pdf).

A report of the full results is available to download (pdf)

Last updated:  12 December 2016

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