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Thursday 12 June

Today's news from the web

  • Canoeing project launched on Montgomery Canal waterscape.com

    A pioneering project aimed at increasing canoeing activity on the Montgomery Canal has received a timely boost with the acquisition of a specialist transport trailer by the Friends of Montgomery Canal. ...


Wednesday 11 June

Today's news from the web

  • Horsepower Back On Canals halesowennews.co.uk

    An event organised to celebrate 150 years of canal engineering, saw the return of horse drawn narrowboats to Brierley Hill's Delph Locks. ...

  • Go-ahead for £250m bonanza of Liverpool city projects liverpooldailypost.co.uk

    Stanley DOCK will see renovation work start at the beginning of 2009, the owner’s agents said last night. Liverpool planning committee yesterday granted permission for the site to be transformed into more than 900 apartments, offices and leisure facilities. ...

  • Nottingham toll house restored thisisnottingham.co.uk

    A Historic and unique toll house, positioned where three canals meet, has been restored. ...

  • Council to take on canal project news.bbc.co.uk

    A £22m canal restoration project, which was put on hold after its main sponsor pulled out, could be saved after a council voted to take it on. ...

  • Protesters To Fight Flats Appeal oxfordmail.net

    People in Jericho, Oxford, are preparing to give evidence at a planning inquiry to prevent a developer getting planning permission for a large block of canalside flats. ...

  • Welsh Slate shipping plan halted by boat shortage dailypost.co.uk

    A shortage of ships is holding back a company’s attempts to switch its transport from the land to the Manchester Ship Canal. ...


Friday 6 June

Cotswold Canals restoration is go - again!

At an specially called meeting of councillors last night, we hear that Stroud District Council vowed to press on with the Lottery-funded restoration of the Cotswold Canals, despite the withdrawal of British Waterways. 35 councillors voted for their council to become the lead partner taking the Heritage Lottery Fund project forward, with just three against. More news in the next WW.

Richard Fairhurst  | 9.26am | add a comment


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Thursday 5 June

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Wednesday 4 June

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  • Argument over Harecastle tunnel fire-fighters thisisthesentinel.co.uk

    Boaters have criticised firefighters for refusing to come to their rescue when their engine cut out and started smoking in the middle of a two-mile tunnel. ...


Tuesday 3 June

Today's news from the web

  • So this is what BW's ex-HQ looks like now... easier.com

    A striking two-bedroom show apartment has opened at Willow Grange, Barratt North London's exclusive development on a former British Waterways site in Church Road, Watford. ...

  • Regent's Canal bridge cleared for King's Cross renewal building.co.uk

    A disused railway bridge spanning the Regent's Canal was lifted away from the canal last week by one of the UK's largest cranes, in preparation for the first major phase of the 8m sq ft regeneration scheme at King's Cross. ...

  • New exhibition on display at salt works iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk

    A NEW exhibition exploring the history of the Trent and Mersey Canal is on display at Northwich’s historic salt works. ...


Monday 2 June

Out of the mouths of babes (and DEFRA "customer contact" officers)

Civil servants at DEFRA, the Government department responsible for the waterways, have been working overtime responding to boaters' letters about the impending sell-off of Thames lock-houses.

The responses are, of course, all the same, which is largely what you'd expect. There's just one problem with them - see if you can spot it in these excerpts.

Dear [boater],  

Lock Houses
   
Thank you for your e-mail of 23 May to Hillary Benn. It has been passed to Defra and I have been asked to reply.
  
British Waterways own 57 houses and have 45 lock sites and some of the houses are not located on the lockside. They have reviewed the operational need for the lock houses, including the impact on boating, water level management and flood risk...

British Waterways will still provide the same standard of service in managing weirs and water levels that are an important part of flood risk management on the Thames...

British Waterways have had one-to-one discussions with all of those affected and are working out transition plans for the next five years...

This is part of a modernisation of the service on the river where they will be changing other ways of working. British Waterways will increase the number of seasonal lock staff when they are most needed in the summer and reduce permanent staff numbers while maintaining the levels of service needed in winter..

British Waterways are changing the way that they work to operate more efficiently... The sale of the lock houses will help them raise income which will be invested in further improvements to their service...

Or do they know something we don't?

Richard Fairhurst  | 3.48pm | add a comment


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  • Cyclists Urged To Take More Care thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Signs have been erected on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath asking cyclists to be more considerate to walkers who use the route. ...

  • A great place to live, and you can park your boat on the canal edinburghnews.scotsman.com

    If it gets the go-ahead, the new canal basin at Ratho will have 30 public berths, as well as 118 family homes with three to five bedrooms and a new 60-bed private care home on former greenbelt land around Freelands Road. ...


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