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Friday 29 October

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  • Floating Pennywort weed is 'threat' to River Trent news.bbc.co.uk

    Environmentalists say they are alarmed by the appearance of the North American 'Floating Pennywort' in parts of the River Trent in Staffordshire. The non-native plant can grow at an alarming rate, doubling its wet weight in just three days....

  • Canoeing centre in Glasgow's Pinkston canal basin makes a big city splash eveningtimes.co.uk

    A £2.2million water sports centre which will attract around 24,000 visitors a year will be built in Glasgow. The Glasgow Paddlesports Centre will provide a year-round base for the development of canoeing and kayaking. The centre will be built on the Forth and Clyde Canal at Pinkston Basin, opposite the Diageo plant at Port Dundas in north Glasgow. It is the brainchild of Glasgow City Council, British Waterways Scotland and waterside regeneration agency ISIS. ...


Wednesday 27 October

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  • Artist Alan Dun creates a sundial for canal anniversary news.bbc.co.uk

    A Bath artist is helping to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Kennet and Avon Canal with the creation of a new piece of artwork. Alan Dun has created a new working sundial which can be found on the canal towpath near the Horseshoe Walk end of the Widcombe Flight in Bath. Apprentice stone masons from City of Bath College are now making the stone plinth for the item. ...


Tuesday 26 October

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  • Thieves take balustrade stones from River Lune viaduct bbc.co.uk

    British Waterways are urging people to look out for distinctive balustrades stolen from an 18th Century landmark in Lancashire. Eight balustrade stones were stolen and 12 others removed from the historic Lune viaduct at Caton Road in Lancaster. The thieves took the ornamental stones from the bridge, designed by John Rennie, over the River Lune. ...

  • Angling: Trust looks the right group to fill breach yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    There would be a huge problem if the BWB is scrapped, the main one being who would take over its duties? There is considerable speculation it could be changed from a public corporation into a new civil society or even a charity. I have also heard rumours that the BWB and the Environment Agency could merge, while a further suggestion is to turn the lot over to the Angling Trust and let them run it. And the latter option, in my opinion, does make real sense...


Sunday 24 October

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  • News on the Anglian waterways visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    The Environment Agency has removed four nets designed to illegally catch eels from a river in Cambridgeshire during the first ever closed season. Officers were called to a location on the River Nene, just downstream of Peterborough, by an RSPB warden who spotted the fyke nets. Fyke nets are a bag-shaped net held open by hoops. They are linked together in long chains and are used to catch eels in rivers....

  • Motorist who drove along iced up canal has sentence put off dailyrecord.co.uk

    A motorist who nearly killed himself, his pal and a dog by trying to drive on a frozen canal has had his sentence put off after he was jailed for another matter. Andrew Nisbet, 25, passenger James Naismith, 22, and West Highland terrier Jimmy scrambled to safety after the ice cracked on the Union Canal and the car started to sink in January this year. ...

  • Tolls increase to pay for new bridge thurrockgazette.co.uk

    A new £1billion road crossing will be built across the River Thames using part of the money made from increased tolls at Dartford. Norman Hume, county councillor for highways and transport, also revealed yesterday the toll booths would be scrapped at Dartford by 2012 in favour of a payment scheme similar to London’s congestion charge. The Department for Transport has already said charges for cars will increase from the current £1.50 to £2 in 2011 and £2.50 in 2012. ...

  • Loves, The Glasshouse, Canal Square, Browning Street, Birmingham independent.co.uk

    For all I know, this might be a vibrant area by day, teeming with eager foodies. On a midweek night, however, the canalside site is dead, unpopulated and apparently terra incognita to local taxi drivers – my guest arrived panicky and late, having been told by his despairing cabbie that he only had a 50/50 chance of getting there....

  • Salvaged tug a treat for Nessie watchers news.scotsman.com

    A historic ice-breaking tug abandoned for years on an island beach is on its way back to its former home as part of ambitious restoration plans. Now a former Caledonian Canal lock keeper plans to return the 75ft-long tug to its former glory and put it back into service on the waterway. The 57-ton Scot II is the oldest remaining vessel on the Fort William-Inverness canal and is thought to be the oldest ice-breaking tug in Britain...


Saturday 23 October

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  • A working life: the lock keeper guardian.co.uk

    A lock keeper's job involves more than opening locks, such as checking on wildlife – and even preparing for the Olympics....


Thursday 21 October

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  • Boating couple beating the recession newburytoday.co.uk

    Annie and Phil Nicholls were hit hard by the downturn in the economy a few years ago. Annie, aged 57, lost her well-paid job as a systems analyst, and Phil, an HGV driver, was struggling to pick up full-time work. Unable to afford a house without saddling themselves with a large mortgage, they hit on the idea of life on the canal and bought themselves a narrowboat. It's a purchase they have never regretted. Phil said: "This boat has been a godsend, a life-saver. We would have been out on the streets otherwise." ...


Wednesday 20 October

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  • Families want former potbanks in Middleport demolished after arson attack thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    Families have called for a string of derelict factories next to their homes to be bulldozed after one was targeted in an arson attack. The fire broke out in a disused potbank in Pidduck Street, Middleport, on Saturday night. Flames spread from the first floor and tore through the roof of the two-storey building, which is among various empty properties beside the Trent and Mersey Canal....

  • Hundred help in River Chelmer clean-up chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk

    Volunteers lined the riverbanks in Chelmsford to take part in the autumn clean-up. More than 100 people did their bit for the environment last Saturday. The group of volunteers – which included children, local residents, councillors, Chelmsford Sea Cadets, Chelmsford Canoe Club, Chelmer Canal Trust and scuba divers from Orca Scuba Diving Academy – joined the council’s Neighbourhood Environmental Action Team to clear the stretch of the river from the Essex Record Office to Bunny Walk footpath. ...

  • Tragic canal girl was stabbed to death thestar.co.uk

    Pretty teenage mum Laura Wilson was stabbed to death, detectives have revealed, as four males arrested on suspicion of her murder were yesterday released on police bail. Laura, aged 17, mum to a four-month-old baby girl, was found dead in the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal on Tuesday. She had been reported missing by relatives last weekend....

  • New partnership to promote Stoke-on-Trent canals bbc.co.uk

    A partnership which plans to strengthen the appeal of canals has been formed in Stoke-on-Trent. The city council said it would work with a number of organisations, including British Waterways and Inland Waterways Association. It added the group would work to apply planning policies that identified sites "that can bring forward high quality waterside environments". ...

  • Anger As BW Plan 'Compromises Water Safety' build.co.uk

    Commenting on the plans to turn British Waterways (BW) into a National Trust-style charity, Unite National Officer for docks and waterways Julia Long, said: "We have real fears that the vital maintenance work that is needed on the network will be forced to rely on the efforts of volunteers to fill gaps left by qualified engineers, if enough funding is not found . "Caring for this 250-year old working heritage spanning reservoirs and locks requires intense management and significant funding, yet year after year central government funding has only been enough to fund 90 per cent of the urgent work. It is simply not appropriate to hand over essential infrastructure maintenance to volunteers....

  • The mystery and poetry of the towpath independent.co.uk

    Canals are wonderfully odd and fascinating places. When we "walk down to the canal", just below the surface of the city, we step away from the real into an unreal mode of irregular patterns and actions, yet, somehow, something of the real remains, represented in the red brick of the city towering above. The canal is a rhythmical dislocation from the everyday tumult of the city, without true separationl; an echo, a microcosm or simulacrum of everything that happens in the streets up above. Strange things, dreams and nightmares, just a whisper away from the teeming city streets, can happen: commuters, the homeless, cyclists, teenagers, anglers, cuckolds, loners and psychopaths all mix together by the murky water, feeding from the towpath as if it's a main artery pumping life into their very being, while the swans, coots, moorhens and Canada geese nonchalantly drift by, watching each drama unfold. It's why the motif of the canal continues to reappear in literary fiction: there's something magical to be found by its stagnant water....

  • Making the cut on Britain's canals guardian.co.uk

    If there was one chirrup from the government's bonfire of the quangos last week, it will have come from British Waterways, which has been pressing for its own abolition for the past two years. Famously the custodian of rich wildlife – in 2005 its annual survey included a crocodile spotted in the Gloucester and Sharpness cut – the agency plans to rise like a phoenix, a third sector, charitable equivalent of the National Trust for 2,200 miles of canals and navigable rivers. The aim is for the new structure to be in place by April 2012. ...

  • Council seeks grant for Desborough Island improvements bbc.co.uk

    Elmbridge Borough Council and local community groups have applied for a £100,000 grant to improve a riverside area in Surrey. The Veolia Environmental Trust will decide later this month whether to award the money to restore and conserve Desborough Island, in Weybridge. Elmbridge Borough Council said a riverside nature trail would be created along with improved public facilities. ...


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