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Monday 15 September

Today's news from the web

  • Historic lock re-opens in Droitwich waterscape.com

    On Friday 26 September, the Droitwich Canals Partnership will be celebrating the restoration of the 155 year old Barge Lock which links the Junction Canal with the Barge Canal in Droitwich. ...

  • Barriers danger at canal expressandstar.com

    Teenagers are risking their lives climbing over safety barriers near the collapsed Stourbridge Canal embankment, say officials. ...

  • Thousands on board for Black Country Boating Festival birminghammail.net

    Thousands of people had fun in the sun on the water, as they enjoyed an annual boating spectacular. ...


Thursday 11 September

Today's news from the web

  • Lorraine tests waters with green barge shop islingtongazette.co.uk

    Wanted - three solar panels for a new environmentally-friendly sandwich shop opening on a converted canal boat in the heart of Islington. ...

  • Freak storms leave Stourbridge boater marooned stourbridgenews.co.uk

    Freak storms left a narrowboat owner high and dry after millions of gallons of water disappeared from the Stourbridge Canal following a breach in its banks. ...

  • Have your say on the Rochdale Canal halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Anyone with ideas for improving the Rochdale Canal and nearby land and buildings is being urged to attend a meeting next month as part of the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance programme. ...


Wednesday 10 September

Today's news from the web

  • Canalside mill up for sale thisisderbyshire.co.uk

    An historic mill in a Derbyshire village which was converted into luxury apartments has been put on the market after its developers went into receivership. ...

  • Experts' bid to save stranded fish expressandstar.com

    A rescue operation is under way to rescue thousands of stranded fish from shallow waters following the collapse of a Black Country canal embankment. ...

  • Setback for Birmingham's Icknield Port Loop regeneration birminghampost.net

    The delivery of a high profile 65-acre regeneration project on the Birmingham Main Line looks set to be delayed after the economic downturn forced to the developer to cut half its staff. ...

  • Apology over towpath closure hertfordshiremercury.co.uk

    Walkers turned away from a towpath along the River Lee Navigation without any warning have received an apology from British Waterways, even thought the authority was not responsible. ...

  • Carp angler hooks snapping turtle telegraph.co.uk

    Conservation groups have blamed pet owners abandoning animals for increasing numbers of foreign turtles and terrapins being found in British waterways. ...


Tuesday 9 September

Today's news from the web

  • Boat owner charged with murder littlehamptongazette.co.uk

    A man has appeared in court charged with the double murder of his partner and a friend on a canal boat in Milton Keynes. William Cranston, 43, is accused of stabbing to death Kay Morton, 39, and Paul Wilkins, 53, on board the vessel in the early hours of Sunday morning. Cranston, an electrician, was temporarily living at the picturesque spot with his partner and their three-year-old son on the boat called Secret. ...

  • Cheshire towpath upgraded waterscape.com

    A section of canal towpath at a popular Cheshire destination is to be upgraded under an ambitious partnership aimed at boosting visitor numbers to the county’s verdant waterway corridors. ...


Monday 8 September

Today's news from the web

  • Stourbridge Canal breach report waterscape.com

    During the early hours of Sunday 7 September 2008, a breach occurred on the Stourbridge Canal from Middle Bridge to Wordsley Aqueduct, where a 20 metre section of bank gave way. Just over a two mile stretch of canal was de-watered, which includes the area from Stourbridge Locks to the top of Stourton and also includes the Stourbridge Town Arm. ...

  • Stourbridge canal breaches expressandstar.com

    A three-metre stretch of the Stourbridge Canal embankment collapsed into the River Stour following the downpours and six homes in Wolverley, by Kidderminster, were flooded after a brook burst its banks. ...

  • Two men saved from canal thisisleicestershire.co.uk

    Two men were saved from a canal swollen by heavy rain during a dramatic rescue by firefighters. ...

  • Man held over double boat murder midulstermail.co.uk

    Police have arrested a man over the murder of two people on a canal boat. Paramedics were called to the boat on the Grand Union Canal in Stoke Hammond, near Milton Keynes, early on Sunday amid reports that a man and woman were seriously injured. ...


Friday 5 September

Major changes to BW boat licences proposed

British Waterways has dropped a bombshell by announcing that it intends to adopt dramatically different licence prices for next year.

The proposals would see a surcharge for continuous cruisers and wide-beam boats. The surcharge would be £50 per annum for wide-beam craft (or £30 on a river licence), and £150 for continuous cruisers.

In addition to this, there will be a 6.6% across-the-board increase.

The suggestions were originally made by the British Waterways Advisory Forum - a closed, invitation-only group set up by BW - and will be subject to a consultation closing in two months' time, on 7th November. If adopted, they are expected to take effect from 1st April 2009.

For the full paper, click here.

Richard Fairhurst  | 8.42pm | add a comment


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