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Thursday 11 December

Today's news from the web

  • 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  • Plans withdrawn - for now crewechronicle.co.uk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


Today's news from the web

  • Lancaster campaigners storm Centros office thelancasterandmorecambecitizen.co.uk

    Anti-development protestors from Lancaster stormed the Central London offices of the developers of the proposed Canal Corridor North scheme. ...

  • Thief escapes via canal thisisretford.co.uk

    Thieves damaged fittings and stole cash when they broke into a Ranby pub just days after it was taken on by new owners. The thieves ran off and police pursued them - one of them jumped into the canal and swam across. ...

  • Stoke Bruerne scoops heritage award waterscape.com

    A significant research study, which records the historical importance of Stoke Bruerne with its famous Grand Union Canal, has scooped a heritage award. ...

  • Unloved Slough Arm could be improved sloughobserver.co.uk

    Improving the image of Slough's canal has been brought to the council’s attention after its deputy leader made a 200 mile trip to Liverpool to learn more about improving the waterway. ...

  • New brass trail for Pewsey gazetteandherald.co.uk

    A new brass rubbings trail along the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal will be officially launched on Monday December 15. ...


Wednesday 3 December

Today's news from the web

  • Canalside pub for Kirkintilloch kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk

    Ambitious plans have been unveiled to turn an historic building beside the Forth and Clyde Canal into a pub and restaurant. ...

  • Support for Bradford Canal thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Bradford’s four biggest political groups have united in favour of plans to create an eco-community along the Bradford to Shipley canal corridor. ...

  • Marina plan "will steal our tourists" crewechronicle.co.uk

    Opposition is mounting against a proposed marina near Audlem with residents claiming tourism will be sucked out of the village. ...


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