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Wednesday 1 September

Today's news from the web

  • Yo-ho-ho fun with pirates at Stourport kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    A“pirates weekend” in Stourport has been hailed a success by organisers. Captain Slyther and his pirate ship, The Flying Pig, were seen lurking at Stourport canal basins on Sunday and Monday. Visitors also took a trip aboard the canal trip boat, Dreamcatcher and families scoured the town and basins to hunt for clues to the secret password to unlock the pirates’ treasure chest....

  • Leeds and Liverpool canal hit by algae outbreak burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Toxic algae has contaminated the canal in East Lancashire prompting a major health warning. People are being advised to avoid contact with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The outbreak is the latest blow to hit the waters which remain closed due to 'water shortages'. The restrictions are being partly blamed for the extent of the blue green algae outbreak. British Waterways said the lack of water movement had allowed the water to stagnate and bacteria to grow, while high winds helped it to spread. ...

  • Waterside theatre planned for Aylesbury Basin bucksherald.co.uk

    The new Aylesbury Waterside scheme is to include the restoration of the canal basin and a stunning new entertainment hub featuring a brand new theatre on its doorstep. ...

  • Environment Secretary offers up British Waterways for cuts dailymail.co.uk

    Ministers have been falling over themselves to offer massive cuts, with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman leading the way. Mrs Spelman has identified up to 30 quangos to be downsized or axed. She will cut grants to British Waterways and scrap a £50million plan for a UK coastal path. ...

  • More than 170 people attend Stourport basins show kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    More than 170 people attended a special performance at Stourport canal basins. ...


Thursday 26 August

Today's news from the web

  • Canal boats looted in daring raid expressandstar.com

    Raiders looted 10 narrowboats moored on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire – then stole a boat to cart away their haul....

  • Slow Recovery for Leeds and Liverpool Reservoirs waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    There is little cheer for boaters and waterway businesses in the latest reservoir statistics from British Waterways. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal's reservoir levels are recovering only slowly and there does not appear to be much prospect of the central part of this canal re-opening in the near future. ...

  • Willow Grange opened by Watford Borough Council chairman watfordobserver.co.uk

    A new housing complex has been officially opened by the chairman of Watford Borough Council. Councillor Alan Burtenshaw cut the ribbon at Willow Grange, Church Road on Thursday. ...

  • Boat congestion after woman's body found bicesteradvertiser.net

    Hundreds of boaters were left stranded for more than 24 hours after a woman’s body was found in the Oxford Canal. Police were called to the canal at Shipton-on- Cherwell, north of Kidlington, at about 11am on Tuesday after boaters saw the body in the water. The canal was then sealed off until early yesterday morning, forcing people to moor up at locks, causing long delays on one of Britain’s busiest waterways. The backlog of canal boats is expected to descend on the city this morning with Osney Lock anticipating an exceptional number of boats....

  • Book now for Liverpool or Lancaster waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    Boaters who have been waiting for a chance to visit Liverpool or the Lancaster Canal are now able once again to make a booking. Due to the water supply problems, on 5th July British Waterways stopped taking bookings for boats to use the Liverpool Canal Link to reach Liverpool Docks or the Ribble Link to reach the Lancaster Canal. Today BW has announced that they have resumed taking bookings for passage from 1st September onwards. However, BW also warns that fluctuating water levels may result in changes at short notice. ...


Wednesday 25 August

Today's news from the web

  • Ex-LibDem leader backs canal protest heraldscotland.com

    Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has given his backing to campaigners trying to prevent a development by the Caledonian Canal. ...

  • Motorway-style bridge parapets finally to be removed in village westsussextoday.co.uk

    The Loxwood Society and the parish council had campaigned for the past year to persuade the Wey and Arun Canal Trust to change the 1.8m high bridge parapets, which critics described as looking like something from a prison. ...


Tuesday 24 August

Today's news from the web

  • Canal plans fight attracts huge support lochaber-news.co.uk

    As the Lochaber News revealed last week, British Waterways Scotland is facing huge opposition to its proposal to build two two-storey houses on either side of Telford House East, a listed building which dates back to the construction of the canal in the early 1800s. ...

  • Arrest after snake seen in canal in Stroud bbc.co.uk

    A 42-year-old man has been arrested after a snake was seen being thrown into a canal in Gloucestershire. ...

  • £3 million plan for derelict Hanley site thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    Fountains and a public square are to transform a derelict piece of land in a £3 million canalside development. Three water features will be created on the land between Pelham Street, Derby Street, Lichfield Street and Eastwood Road in Hanley. ...

  • Call to tidy up canal site thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    Calls to tidy up an important heritage site on the Trent and Mersey Canal have gone unanswered, it has been claimed. Butt Lane's Councillor Kyle Robinson says graffiti adorns walls along the canal in Kidsgrove and that a damaged bridge has been left in need of repairs for months. And he accused British Waterways, which is responsible for maintaining the UK's canal network, of neglecting the site....

  • Better Outlook for Rochdale Canal waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The outlook for boaters wanting to use the Rochdale Canal is looking even better this week after British Waterways announced a further relaxation of the restrictions that have been in place. Coinciding with the lifting of a hose-pipe ban in the area, BW is now taking bookings for passage over the Summit until the end of September. ...

  • Board members sought for Kennet & Avon Canal Waterway Partnership waterscape.com

    The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and British Waterways are asking local people and organisations to nominate interested individuals to become volunteer board members on a new local Waterway Partnership Board. ...

  • Electric boat moves to River Tone tauntonpeople.co.uk

    Taunton’s electric powered community trip boat made quite a splash today as it was finally launched onto to the River Tone by crane at Priory Bridge Road slipway. ...


Monday 23 August

Today's news from the web

  • £3.8 million upgrade for River Thames waterscape.com

    River users will benefit from new lock gates, better non-powered boat access and improved mooring facilities as a result of the works to be carried out on River Thames later in the year. ...


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