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Tuesday 16 December

Today's news from the web

  • 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. ...


Monday 8 December

Today's news from the web

  • Public meeting over Wey & Arun bridge midhurstandpetworth.co.uk

    A public meeting is to be held in Loxwood's North Hall to thrash out a way forward over the controversial new canal bridge. Weeks after villagers mounted a campaign in Loxwood to have the 'ugly' 1.8-metre high steel safety barriers on the new bridge torn down, the Wey and Arun Canal Trust (WACT), which carried out the unpopular project, discovered it did not have planning...

  • Victorian bicycle factory to be restored in Birmingham's Eastside plans - Birmingham Post birminghampost.net

    The company behind a £500 million city centre canal-side development has been warned to protect and restore a historic bicycle factory building. ...

  • Duck gets itself into a flap thisislancashire.co.uk

    A DUCK which got itself into a flap when it got stuck on a frozen canal was rescued by firefighters. ...


Friday 5 December

Today's news from the web

  • Marina plans withdrawn crewechronicle.co.uk

    Plans to build a huge marina at Wrenbury have been shelved. A proposal for the 56,600sq m marina by the Shropshire Union Canal in a field off Nantwich Road at Wrenbury Heath was submitted in October. ...


Thursday 4 December

EA backs down on Thames lock houses

The Environment Agency has withdrawn its plan to sell off lock-keepers' houses on the Thames - and confirmed that every lock will continue to have a resident keeper.

Only five of the EA's 57 houses will be sold, and those are all away from the locks. The 45 locks will each continue to have one or more lock-houses each with a resident keeper. The staff currently resident in the five houses to be sold will be encouraged to move to a vacant lockside property, but the EA has promised that no lock-keeper will be made redundant or homeless. Thames campaigners are, understandably, jubilant at the decision.

According to Howard Davidson, regional director of the Environment Agency: "We have listened carefully to staff, MPs, river users and those who live in the flood plain, who all raised objections to our original proposals announced earlier this year. We have carried out a full review into this, and issues such as flood risk and our response to incidents outside normal working hours have been key. As a result, we have reached the conclusion that keeping a resident lock and weir keeper at each of our 45 sites along the Thames is the sensible way forward."

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.17am | 1 comment


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