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Wednesday 17 December

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Tuesday 16 December

Cotswold Canals pass the final hurdle

We're delighted to report that, earlier this evening, Stroud District Council voted to take on the restoration project for the Cotswold Canals' "phase 1a" (the Stroudwater and Thames & Severn Canal from the Ocean, Stonehouse, to Brimscombe Port).

The restoration was jeopardised when British Waterways pulled out last year. SDC has now agreed to become lead partner and, crucially, to take on the £11.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Congratulations to the Cotswold Canals Trust and all involved.

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.22pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Locals mourn loss of BCN pub expressandstar.com

    Heritage campaigners have lost their fight to save the 180-year-old Boat Inn from the bulldozers and the historic site has now been reduced to rubble....

  • Council decision on Cotswold Canals plan news.bbc.co.uk

    Councillors in the Cotswolds are to make a final decision later on whether to support the restoration of the Stroudwater Canal. ...

  • Waterborne teashop gets facelift southwalesargus.co.uk

    It'S the only floating tea room in Gwent - and now the cafe on a barge at Pontymoile Basin is getting a much-needed facelift. ...


Monday 15 December

The map that got away

January's WW is now landing on doormats all across Britain, and due to a production error (you only ever notice these things when it's too late...), the edges of the map of the Wey & Arun Canal were accidentally cropped off. Here's what it should have looked like.

Richard Fairhurst  | 10.50am | add a comment


Friday 12 December

Today's news from the web

  • BW announces canal cooling scheme istockanalyst.com

    British Waterways today unveiled an energy-saving saving scheme under which a leading company will use canal water to power air- conditioning in its head office. ...

  • Ashton Canal finally reopens penninewaterways.co.uk

    The Ashton Canal has finally re-opened to through navigation after being closed following damage to the gate of Lock 17. ...


Thursday 11 December

Today's news from the web

  • Devizes pensioner knocked over on towpath by cyclist thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Cyclists who use the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath are being warned to slow down after a Devizes pensioner was knocked over by a cyclist. ...

  • Eco-homes plan includes Grantham restoration meltontimes.co.uk

    As part of the scheme the developers also propose, with the partnership of British Waterways, to reinstate part of the Grantham Canal adjacent to the site and well as other improvements and helping with the funding of a new village hall. ...

  • Decision time for Cotswolds thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Community leaders are poised to sink an extra £2.3million into canal restoration. Cash from the sale of two Stroud District Council sites will be used to press on with the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames and Severn canals between Saul and Brimscombe. ...

  • Homes plan includes MB&B restoration thisislancashire.co.uk

    The new owners of the former Creams Mill in Little Lever have unveiled ambitious plans for the site, which also include re-opening a section of the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal. ...

  • Plans withdrawn - for now crewechronicle.co.uk

    Villagers are delighted after developers withdrew plans to build a marina in Wrenbury – but the scheme could be resubmitted. ...


Tuesday 9 December

Today's news from the web

  • Connect2 River Weaver towpath improvements waterscape.com

    A major Sustrans funded scheme of towpath improvements along the River Weaver will link a popular leisure route with a sustainable vision for healthy living. ...

  • Ornate Montgomery bridge gets a heritage makeover waterscape.com

    Unique Glanhafren Bridge over the Montgomery Canal near Garthmyl has received a timely makeover, providing a safe and durable crossing for years to come. ...

  • L&L boater found dead chorley-guardian.co.uk

    Police divers found the body of a 37-year-old Adlington man trapped underneath his canal barge home. ...

  • Lune Aqueduct closed lancasterguardian.co.uk

    Lancaster'S Lune Aqueduct has been closed for detailed inspection and repairs. The closure by British Waterways follows the discovery of a pronounced leak at the southern end of the aqueduct. ...

  • Strategy launched for the River Soar and Grand Union Canal waterscape.com

    The Emerging Strategy for the River Soar and Grand Union Canal Leicester Line has been launched for consultation. ...


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