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Wednesday 7 July

Today's news from the web

  • Poison weeds are hogging Linslade canal side leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk

    An outlawed poisonous plant thought to have been eliminated from the UK is growing on the canal bank near Leighton Road, Linslade, the Environment Agency confirmed. The plant, giant hogweed, was responsible for overriding natural habitat and causing severe burns and even blindness to humans during the 1960s and '70s. ...


Tuesday 6 July

Today's news from the web

  • Birmingham City of Culture to be announced next week birminghampost.net

    A star-studded bid to appoint Birmingham as Britain’s official city of culture will receive its verdict next week. Birmingham’s plans include a canal festival with impromptu performances of music, dance, drama and comedy, with bars and restaurants on the canal side taking part with performances and special offers....


Monday 5 July

Today's news from the web

  • Water shortage hits Liverpool and Ribble Link bookings waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The continuing water shortage in the North-West, already affecting the Rochdale and Leeds & Liverpool Canals, is now causing problems for boaters hoping to visit Liverpool or the Ribble Link. From today British Waterways will be taking no further bookings for boats to use the Liverpool Canal Link to reach Liverpool Docks or the Ribble Link to reach the Lancaster Canal....

  • Aldermaston development plans to go on display getreading.co.uk

    A plan to develop a sensitive canal-side site in Aldermaston is going on show later this month. The Aldermaston Wharf site includes two Grade II-listed buildings – the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust visitors’ centre and the Toll House – beside the banks of the canal. ...

  • New moorings on Droitwich Canal waterscape.com

    The Droitwich Canals are being readied to welcome an expected armada of visiting boats next year, with the installation of new moorings along the Barge Canal at Vines Park. ...

  • No place to hide as Notts boat patrol catches rod licence evaders thisisnottingham.co.uk

    Dozens of anglers fishing on the River Trent were paid a surprise visit by environmental crime officers yesterday. The Environment Agency officers cruised along in motor-driven dinghies, setting off from Farndon Marina and heading towards Collingham, to check people were fishing legally with rod licences. ...

  • Middlewich wins award for canal regeneration middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Middlewich is through to the finals of a national competition celebrating market town regeneration. Middlewich was recognised for its ‘Masterplan’, a community project which aims to link the canals to the town centre and promote the town’s history through festivals and cultural events....

  • Let's have your ideas for unlocking canal hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk

    The Waterways Trust, Pennines Prospects and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance want more people living in the Upper Calder Valley area to make use of the Rochdale Canal - its towpaths and green areas. ...


Friday 2 July

Today's news from the web

  • BW Annual Report published today waterscape.com

    British Waterways' 2009/10 Annual Report & Accounts, published today, highlights growing momentum for the creation of a 'national trust' to care for the country's historic canals, rivers and docks. The proposal has won widespread stakeholder support and interest from the UK government as an example of delivering Big Society principles. ...

  • 'Ugly' safety barrier installed in water only inches deep worcesternews.co.uk

    An Evesham man believes that one of the best views along the picturesque town riverside has been ruined due to the installation of a “garish and unnecessary” safety feature. ...

  • Eel passes installed on East Anglian navigations visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    A critically endangered fish which has seen its numbers sink dramatically over the past 30 years has been passed a lifeline by the Environment Agency. Four new eel passes have been created on the River Nene, River Steeping, Kyme Eau and River Glen to help the creatures migrate around flood defence structures that would otherwise block their path. ...

  • Five BW directors on "top-paid quangocrats" list thirdsector.co.uk

    Five senior managers at British Waterways, which has plans to become a charity, are also on the list. Its highest earner is listed as Robin Evans, the chief executive, who is paid between £230,000 and £234,999 a year. ...

  • Water floods A38 as vandals target Birmingham canal news.bbc.co.uk

    Vandals sent thousands of gallons of canal water and silt on to one of Birmingham's busiest roads. They opened two lock paddles on the Minworth flight of the Birmingham-Fazeley canal, increasing the flow of water, in an overnight attack....


Thursday 1 July

Today's news from the web

  • £45,000 damage to Devizes lock gates thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The world famous Caen Hill flight of locks near Devizes will be closed for another week after a boat struck a gate causing £45,000 damage. ...

  • K&A 200 sculpture thisisbath.co.uk

    Artist Alan Dun has been commissioned to create a work of art to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath. The chosen design will be a working sundial in cast iron mounted on a plinth of Bath stone....


Wednesday 30 June

Today's news from the web

  • Rochdale Canal could run out of water waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The Rochdale Canal could run out of water in August unless there is significant rainfall before then, warned British Waterways' Manchester and Pennine area manager David Baldacchino today. ...


Tuesday 29 June

Today's news from the web

  • BSS targets bullseye fire risk waterscape.com

    They may have been fitted on boats for 100 years or more, but in summer, boats with domed-decklights (better known as bullseyes) could be at risk from fires breaking out in strong sunlight warns the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS). ...

  • Weekend of canal celebrations during centenary event at Tower Wharf in Chester iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk

    More than 100 gaily decorated boats of every type squeezed themselves into Chester Basin over the weekend for the Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) Tom Rolt Centenary Rally. ...

  • Raising the flag for the river server2.pla.co.uk

    Getting around London using the Thames will be plain sailing thanks to a package of improvements announced by the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) today. The improvements aim to make life easier for the six million passengers who use the river each year and open it up to thousands of new users. To make things clearer river services will now be identified using a simple flag system with commuter services becoming River Buses, and sight-seeing leisure services becoming River Tours. ...

  • Canal closed near Devizes after damage to lock gates gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Part of the Caen Hill section of the Kennet and Avon Canal in Wiltshire has been closed after a boat damaged a pair of lock gates. A spokesman for British Waterways said the gates were damaged beyond repair. Replacing them could take up to two weeks. ...


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