"I'm homeless after boat and rent row"

Essex County Standard: "I'm homeless after boat and rent row" "I'm homeless after boat and rent row"

A man has been left homeless following a 12 month battle with the council over unpaid mooring fees for his house boat.

Simon Richards returned to King Edward Quay in the Hythe to find Colchester Council had taken his small sailing boat, Lottie, along with another house boat.

The authority, which had received complaints about anti-social behaviour, said that after 12 months of asking for mooring fees it was left with no alternative.

Mr Richards, 48, said: “I am a free man.

“I don’t subscribe to societies ways, I live off the land and all that.

“I don’t claim benefits and all my work materials are on that boat.

“I have got nothing, I have only got what I am standing in.

Andrew Weavers, strategic governance manager at Colchester Council, said the seizures on Friday **may30** were the culmination of 12 months of work, following concerns from local residents.

See today's paper for the full story. 

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1:21pm Thu 5 Jun 14

WitchofColchester says...

Are we meant to feel sorry for him?
Are we meant to feel sorry for him? WitchofColchester
  • Score: 35

2:02pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Okay he's a free man....now sod off!
Okay he's a free man....now sod off! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 28

2:56pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Free? ONLY is he paid the rent or found a place where he could moor for free.
Free? ONLY is he paid the rent or found a place where he could moor for free. Jack222
  • Score: 16

3:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Acejax says...

Hmm, I don't claim benefits but I still need to pay my mortgage and council tax! Nothing is free!
Hmm, I don't claim benefits but I still need to pay my mortgage and council tax! Nothing is free! Acejax
  • Score: 29

4:15pm Thu 5 Jun 14

born2know says...

maybe he could shack up with the t**t who lives in the mobile home / lorry that's parked along there.
maybe he could shack up with the t**t who lives in the mobile home / lorry that's parked along there. born2know
  • Score: 25

5:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Plausible Deniability says...

What a nice bunch of people on here?
Once again poor old andrew weavers having to do the dirty work of the nimby's and the teflons.
Simon you should have moved the boat up and down the coastline, rowhedge, wivenhoe kept them running running around around like the keystones.
I get your drift friend, this lot on here floated away in the ether years ago.
Dont worry no b*gger listens to them.
The voice of 800 who read and write this tripe is not representative to 200,000 locals.
KBO Mate.
What a nice bunch of people on here? Once again poor old andrew weavers having to do the dirty work of the nimby's and the teflons. Simon you should have moved the boat up and down the coastline, rowhedge, wivenhoe kept them running running around around like the keystones. I get your drift friend, this lot on here floated away in the ether years ago. Dont worry no b*gger listens to them. The voice of 800 who read and write this tripe is not representative to 200,000 locals. KBO Mate. Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -31

5:14pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Sadly mate, we all have to pay our way. By the sound of it my taxes support your lifestyle, as you clearly don't pay any taxes to support me. Of course, this man isn't alone, as there are plenty more freeloaders like him. But I admire the concept of being a free man. If only it were possible.
Sadly mate, we all have to pay our way. By the sound of it my taxes support your lifestyle, as you clearly don't pay any taxes to support me. Of course, this man isn't alone, as there are plenty more freeloaders like him. But I admire the concept of being a free man. If only it were possible. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 22

5:43pm Thu 5 Jun 14

the mighty wah says...

Used to see this man drinking beer on his boat and then tossing the bottles in the river. Always found that odd behaviour.. Sort of like s hitting in your own back yard
Used to see this man drinking beer on his boat and then tossing the bottles in the river. Always found that odd behaviour.. Sort of like s hitting in your own back yard the mighty wah
  • Score: 35

6:43pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bozbek says...

As a local resident, I don't feel sorry for him at all. He was very inconsiderate and dirty person. He was locking his dog in a small boat all day, when he was drinking and taking drugs outside. He was using the river as his toilet, didn't even care whether the children from the flats opposite might be looking or not. He was shouting and swearing constantly. He deserves to be locked in a prison away from the society.
As a local resident, I don't feel sorry for him at all. He was very inconsiderate and dirty person. He was locking his dog in a small boat all day, when he was drinking and taking drugs outside. He was using the river as his toilet, didn't even care whether the children from the flats opposite might be looking or not. He was shouting and swearing constantly. He deserves to be locked in a prison away from the society. bozbek
  • Score: 32

10:34pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

Mmm, such small mindness i see before me, did you know it cost's £600.00 per week to keep a prisoner (not bad for the slave trade) every freeman has a right of jury of 12, this man has been denied the right. We in England are ruled by consent,as long as we dont cause anyone any harm injury or loss and be fair & honest in our dealings to another human being that is of living flesh body n soul then it is considered that no common law has been broken (the law of the land), all other laws are statutes created after the magna Carta, yes i know whats the point of this?
Mmm, such small mindness i see before me, did you know it cost's £600.00 per week to keep a prisoner (not bad for the slave trade) every freeman has a right of jury of 12, this man has been denied the right. We in England are ruled by consent,as long as we dont cause anyone any harm injury or loss and be fair & honest in our dealings to another human being that is of living flesh body n soul then it is considered that no common law has been broken (the law of the land), all other laws are statutes created after the magna Carta, yes i know whats the point of this? supernaut
  • Score: -31

10:57pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

So did you know it is againest the law of the land (common law) to effect a freemans way of living (well clearly the council have done that) so your thinking whats the point? Well you better find out, protect your intrest's yourself's and your loved ones because if the council can do this to badger without a jury of 12, just think what they could do to you for when those whom think they have authority over you? Would you like to be treated unfairly? I know would not, but you maybe thinking why should i share this with you? My thought's, well my way of living has been effected as well, where's my boat?
So did you know it is againest the law of the land (common law) to effect a freemans way of living (well clearly the council have done that) so your thinking whats the point? Well you better find out, protect your intrest's yourself's and your loved ones because if the council can do this to badger without a jury of 12, just think what they could do to you for when those whom think they have authority over you? Would you like to be treated unfairly? I know would not, but you maybe thinking why should i share this with you? My thought's, well my way of living has been effected as well, where's my boat? supernaut
  • Score: -30

11:07pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

I find myself without my boat, no home. my way of living effected by the crooks that be, ive been fair n honest in my dealings,the council have not, there is nothing fair about this what so ever.
I find myself without my boat, no home. my way of living effected by the crooks that be, ive been fair n honest in my dealings,the council have not, there is nothing fair about this what so ever. supernaut
  • Score: -29

11:11pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

Come on, your truly thinking arnt you?

Its got to be worth a thumbs down? Hasn't it?
Come on, your truly thinking arnt you? Its got to be worth a thumbs down? Hasn't it? supernaut
  • Score: -12

11:20pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

So do you really want to see how deep the the rabbit hole go's ? Meet your strawman.

Your all on the internet it wont be that difficult to work out.
So do you really want to see how deep the the rabbit hole go's ? Meet your strawman. Your all on the internet it wont be that difficult to work out. supernaut
  • Score: -25

11:32pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

I went to the council yesterday and said you made me homeless by takeing my boat,it would of been far kinder to have stuck a bullet in my head.
I went to the council yesterday and said you made me homeless by takeing my boat,it would of been far kinder to have stuck a bullet in my head. supernaut
  • Score: -23

11:46pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

So when they took our boats on Friday just gone. None of us where here, they came in force,20 strong,no names nor numbers they know they do wrong, i paid them a visit,i played them up. I got threatened with arrest but only to find myself being removed and told to go to the night shelter, they know they do wrong.
So when they took our boats on Friday just gone. None of us where here, they came in force,20 strong,no names nor numbers they know they do wrong, i paid them a visit,i played them up. I got threatened with arrest but only to find myself being removed and told to go to the night shelter, they know they do wrong. supernaut
  • Score: -22

11:55pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supernaut says...

I dont want anyone to feel sorry me nor pitty me, just see the bigger picture there Will always be more to what meets the eye.
I dont want anyone to feel sorry me nor pitty me, just see the bigger picture there Will always be more to what meets the eye. supernaut
  • Score: -19

2:02am Fri 6 Jun 14

mechanic7 says...

If Supernaut can afford to be on the Internet he can afford to pay his mooring fees.
Do not expect the taxpayers of Colchester to feel sorry for him.
If Supernaut can afford to be on the Internet he can afford to pay his mooring fees. Do not expect the taxpayers of Colchester to feel sorry for him. mechanic7
  • Score: 38

6:57am Fri 6 Jun 14

the mighty wah says...

Why all the anti social behaviour whilst living on your boat? Please explain? If everyone was like you what an awful world we'd live in.
Why all the anti social behaviour whilst living on your boat? Please explain? If everyone was like you what an awful world we'd live in. the mighty wah
  • Score: 24

7:13am Fri 6 Jun 14

Plausible Deniability says...

mechanic7 wrote:
If Supernaut can afford to be on the Internet he can afford to pay his mooring fees.
Do not expect the taxpayers of Colchester to feel sorry for him.
supernaut might have borrowed a netbook and gone into a coffee bar or a pub.
cant we tell your a mechanic?
By the way a lot of what he says is correct.
[quote][p][bold]mechanic7[/bold] wrote: If Supernaut can afford to be on the Internet he can afford to pay his mooring fees. Do not expect the taxpayers of Colchester to feel sorry for him.[/p][/quote]supernaut might have borrowed a netbook and gone into a coffee bar or a pub. cant we tell your a mechanic? By the way a lot of what he says is correct. Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -19

7:19am Fri 6 Jun 14

supernaut says...

I can afford to pay my mooring fee's,lol
As for the anti-social bit that i am miffed by? To be honest maybe its just the opinion of others, people Will. Be quick to tell you what to think wont they?
I can afford to pay my mooring fee's,lol As for the anti-social bit that i am miffed by? To be honest maybe its just the opinion of others, people Will. Be quick to tell you what to think wont they? supernaut
  • Score: -15

7:24am Fri 6 Jun 14

Nom De Plume says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Sadly mate, we all have to pay our way. By the sound of it my taxes support your lifestyle, as you clearly don't pay any taxes to support me. Of course, this man isn't alone, as there are plenty more freeloaders like him. But I admire the concept of being a free man. If only it were possible.
Andrew Weavers is the former head of the legal services and a trained Lawyer the new title in the article is somewhat impressive.
The supernaut Simon has a point in some areas in others he does not.

Its June 6th today Regimental Sergeant Major Jephcott, of the 16th Foot In Trench Division Just exactly what is your claim to fame in putting your life on the line for this country and nation state?
Politicians know you, every one knows you, you pontificate about all this money you pay to the state and representation of good will and value to the borough. How many medals do you have on your jacket, when you walk around on Legion days? I have 5:
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Sadly mate, we all have to pay our way. By the sound of it my taxes support your lifestyle, as you clearly don't pay any taxes to support me. Of course, this man isn't alone, as there are plenty more freeloaders like him. But I admire the concept of being a free man. If only it were possible.[/p][/quote]Andrew Weavers is the former head of the legal services and a trained Lawyer the new title in the article is somewhat impressive. The supernaut Simon has a point in some areas in others he does not. Its June 6th today Regimental Sergeant Major Jephcott, of the 16th Foot In Trench Division Just exactly what is your claim to fame in putting your life on the line for this country and nation state? Politicians know you, every one knows you, you pontificate about all this money you pay to the state and representation of good will and value to the borough. How many medals do you have on your jacket, when you walk around on Legion days? I have 5: Nom De Plume
  • Score: -8

7:25am Fri 6 Jun 14

supernaut says...

Thank you plausible deniability, you have good heart
Thank you plausible deniability, you have good heart supernaut
  • Score: -17

7:46am Fri 6 Jun 14

the mighty wah says...

You urinate in the river in full view of others amongst other anti social behaviour, you are selfish and inconsiderate. You just seem to care about yourself and contribute jack to society. I'm glad they took your boat away. Go and live in the forest if you want to live for free.
You urinate in the river in full view of others amongst other anti social behaviour, you are selfish and inconsiderate. You just seem to care about yourself and contribute jack to society. I'm glad they took your boat away. Go and live in the forest if you want to live for free. the mighty wah
  • Score: 26

8:07am Fri 6 Jun 14

UndergroundOverground says...

Simple fact is you had 12 months to pay up or shift your filthy squalid boat you chose to do neither while continuing to expose yourself to anyone unfortunate to be passing when you felt nature call and polluting the river with litter. You're a grown man take responsibility for the situation your own laziness and selfish mentality has put you in.
Simple fact is you had 12 months to pay up or shift your filthy squalid boat you chose to do neither while continuing to expose yourself to anyone unfortunate to be passing when you felt nature call and polluting the river with litter. You're a grown man take responsibility for the situation your own laziness and selfish mentality has put you in. UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 26

11:57am Fri 6 Jun 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I have no medals Mr Nom de Plume and have never fought for my country. My dad was 4 years in Burma doing all that and I have inherited his values. He was my hero. Instead I work and pay my way in society and am pleased that we can all have a freedom of expression, as does Mr Badger. That does not make Mr Badger's lifestyle choice any more palatable.
I have no medals Mr Nom de Plume and have never fought for my country. My dad was 4 years in Burma doing all that and I have inherited his values. He was my hero. Instead I work and pay my way in society and am pleased that we can all have a freedom of expression, as does Mr Badger. That does not make Mr Badger's lifestyle choice any more palatable. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 13

12:45pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

supernaut wrote:
I went to the council yesterday and said you made me homeless by takeing my boat,it would of been far kinder to have stuck a bullet in my head.
At last a sensible comment from supernaut!
[quote][p][bold]supernaut[/bold] wrote: I went to the council yesterday and said you made me homeless by takeing my boat,it would of been far kinder to have stuck a bullet in my head.[/p][/quote]At last a sensible comment from supernaut! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 13

1:18pm Fri 6 Jun 14

supernaut says...

I dont pee in the river?
I dont pee in the river? supernaut
  • Score: -3

1:24pm Fri 6 Jun 14

supernaut says...

Well i Will have to love you and leave all now and find another boat n do it all over again, as life is one big adventure.

Peace n love x
Well i Will have to love you and leave all now and find another boat n do it all over again, as life is one big adventure. Peace n love x supernaut
  • Score: -10

5:29pm Fri 6 Jun 14

stackerman says...

i think its a good thing we might get nice house boats who pay there bills and lead a honest life style .
i pay my bills what makes you so special that you think you can free load ,
at least you will have company in the night shelter .
i think its a good thing we might get nice house boats who pay there bills and lead a honest life style . i pay my bills what makes you so special that you think you can free load , at least you will have company in the night shelter . stackerman
  • Score: 10

8:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

The-Professionals says...

UndergroundOvergroun
d
wrote:
Simple fact is you had 12 months to pay up or shift your filthy squalid boat you chose to do neither while continuing to expose yourself to anyone unfortunate to be passing when you felt nature call and polluting the river with litter. You're a grown man take responsibility for the situation your own laziness and selfish mentality has put you in.
Im sort of sorry for you Simon especially when bile and vitriol is spewed out by the great unwashed against you, but to be fair you have been asking for it mate.
I mean Captain Braincell or what?
You don't win no flavors coming over as some type of roaming RAMBO vagabond friend.
Nice clean little boat, a couple of potted plants and a clean captain with his little hat on would have done wonders for sympathy.
You reap what you sow mate.
I am afraid its scuttle for you old chum now.
[quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: Simple fact is you had 12 months to pay up or shift your filthy squalid boat you chose to do neither while continuing to expose yourself to anyone unfortunate to be passing when you felt nature call and polluting the river with litter. You're a grown man take responsibility for the situation your own laziness and selfish mentality has put you in.[/p][/quote]Im sort of sorry for you Simon especially when bile and vitriol is spewed out by the great unwashed against you, but to be fair you have been asking for it mate. I mean Captain Braincell or what? You don't win no flavors coming over as some type of roaming RAMBO vagabond friend. Nice clean little boat, a couple of potted plants and a clean captain with his little hat on would have done wonders for sympathy. You reap what you sow mate. I am afraid its scuttle for you old chum now. The-Professionals
  • Score: 3

9:24pm Fri 6 Jun 14

supernaut says...

For the sake of clarity, i am not Simon.
For the sake of clarity, i am not Simon. supernaut
  • Score: -3

9:28pm Fri 6 Jun 14

stevedawson says...

The stinking hythe needs a good clean up.rather than demonizing a few boat owners because they havent paid mooring rights at the s h I t hole, why not get towork on the promised marina and updating the sewage works.
The stinking hythe needs a good clean up.rather than demonizing a few boat owners because they havent paid mooring rights at the s h I t hole, why not get towork on the promised marina and updating the sewage works. stevedawson
  • Score: -4

6:19am Sat 7 Jun 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

Sorry Simon, but you look smelly
and dirty. I have walked past your boat a few times and it's always been grubby looking. It's a pity you've lost it but that is your own fault. I suggest a long shower, possibly a shave and hair cut, and get yourself down to the job centre ASAP. It sucks, but that's life. Pull your weight like the rest of us and start giving back!
Sorry Simon, but you look smelly and dirty. I have walked past your boat a few times and it's always been grubby looking. It's a pity you've lost it but that is your own fault. I suggest a long shower, possibly a shave and hair cut, and get yourself down to the job centre ASAP. It sucks, but that's life. Pull your weight like the rest of us and start giving back! MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 10

10:47am Sat 7 Jun 14

Shambolic says...

Cut your hair like us, wash like us, slave like us, fall in line. NO dissent, nobody shall be different, everyone must be the same...
Cut your hair like us, wash like us, slave like us, fall in line. NO dissent, nobody shall be different, everyone must be the same... Shambolic
  • Score: 7

10:40pm Sat 7 Jun 14

*TheVoice* says...

Yes you are a Freeman Steve or Simon, whatever you or the Gazette wants to call you.
You have the right to live and let live.
It is a shame this has happened to you. There was a chap similar to you in the 70's, who was persecuted right up until his retirement recently. They just would not leave him alone.
Maybe if you were a Freeman of a different sort, you might get cut a little slack in life.
The fact that you urinated in the river, got drunk and threw your bottles in the water and looked like Worzel Gummidge, does not help your situation. However non of this is an excuse to persecute you like this.
I may be able to help your cause, if you decide to put up another fight against the system. We must find a safe way of contacting each other.
You do not have to work, you are not a freeloader, you have not had the benefit of hundreds of thousands of pounds of brand new social housing at £110 per week rent, paid for out of housing benefit.
Yes you are quite right, keeping someone incarcerated in the penal system would cost over £1,000 per week.
You probably live on £63 per week as a freeman, the equivalent of the old village shilling. If you receive any disability payments this is not withstanding whether you are working or not, as these benefits are given to those who work or do not work.
I am absolutely disgusted at the way you have been treated and have been spoken about by some on this article.
I regularly give money and food, to the church run food meets at the back of St Nicholas house at 9pm most evenings. I would be more than happy to meet you there and give you food and aid and discuss your needs and issues.
This is absolutely disgusting and totally repugnant. You clearly need help and assistance.
Yes you are a Freeman Steve or Simon, whatever you or the Gazette wants to call you. You have the right to live and let live. It is a shame this has happened to you. There was a chap similar to you in the 70's, who was persecuted right up until his retirement recently. They just would not leave him alone. Maybe if you were a Freeman of a different sort, you might get cut a little slack in life. The fact that you urinated in the river, got drunk and threw your bottles in the water and looked like Worzel Gummidge, does not help your situation. However non of this is an excuse to persecute you like this. I may be able to help your cause, if you decide to put up another fight against the system. We must find a safe way of contacting each other. You do not have to work, you are not a freeloader, you have not had the benefit of hundreds of thousands of pounds of brand new social housing at £110 per week rent, paid for out of housing benefit. Yes you are quite right, keeping someone incarcerated in the penal system would cost over £1,000 per week. You probably live on £63 per week as a freeman, the equivalent of the old village shilling. If you receive any disability payments this is not withstanding whether you are working or not, as these benefits are given to those who work or do not work. I am absolutely disgusted at the way you have been treated and have been spoken about by some on this article. I regularly give money and food, to the church run food meets at the back of St Nicholas house at 9pm most evenings. I would be more than happy to meet you there and give you food and aid and discuss your needs and issues. This is absolutely disgusting and totally repugnant. You clearly need help and assistance. *TheVoice*
  • Score: 12

11:31am Wed 11 Jun 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Superhero comes to the rescue.
Superhero comes to the rescue. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -3

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