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Thursday 6 March

Today's news from the web

  • Canal festival on stormy waters hemeltoday.co.uk

    Fears that the Tring Canal Festival could be cancelled or moved out of the town have been washed away. ...

  • New centre set to bloom garstangcourier.co.uk

    The 80-berth canal marina, off the Lancaster canal which borders the site, will open in May. ...

  • All Hands To Pump On The Canal gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Volunteers who helped save the Kennet and Avon Canal are once again working on the waterway. ...


Wednesday 5 March

2009 National venue chosen

An imaginative choice for next year's IWA National Festival has been announced - Redhill on the River Soar.

On one of Britain's most attractive (but under cruised) rivers, and with plenty of restorations nearby to provide the campaigning element, it could be an inspired choice of location - and it's near some of Britain's biggest marinas (Sawley and Willington), so could attract high attendance. But watch out for queues at Kegworth Deep Lock!

More details in April's WW.

Richard Fairhurst  | 1.42pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Bid to protect canal wildlife ripleyandheanornews.co.uk

    Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has joined forces with the Friends of the Cromford Canal to protect the industrial and natural heritage of one of the Trust's nature reserves. ...

  • Sewage pumped into River Lee? tottenhamjournal.co.uk

    A DISGUSTED resident has spoken out against the "vile smell" and pools of raw sewage she claimed is pumped through a Haringey waterway. ...

  • Yobs Warned Over Canal Vandalism blackburncitizen.co.uk

    Yobs have been ripping stones from a canal wall to break ice on a stretch of a Blackburn waterway. ...

  • New Bridge Is Put In Place As Canal Rebirth Continues eveningtimes.co.uk

    The central span of a new footbridge - shaped like the bow of a ship - has been lowered into place across the Forth and Clyde Canal. ...

  • Development plans for trips through Standedge Tunnel waterscape.com

    Boatowners wanting to travel through the Standedge Tunnel on their way up or down the Huddersfield Narrow Canal may soon be able to take advantage of a more efficient service which almost halves the current travelling time. ...


Tuesday 4 March

Today's news from the web

  • Barge Up In Flames thisischeshire.co.uk

    A FAMILY has been left homeless after a fire ripped through their barge at the weekend. ...

  • Purple patch for canal as 60ft boat is launched edinburghnews.scotsman.com

    It'S 60-foot long, bright purple, weighs over 12 tonnes and was today seen floating in Edinburgh's Union Canal. ...

  • Wey & Arun Canal wins grant waterscape.com

    The Wey & Arun Canal Trust are delighted to announce that their successful bid for a Biffaward has been granted. ...

  • Canal Will Turn Site Into A Water World thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    These new images - obtained exclusively by the Telegraph & Argus - show stunning plans for the redevelopment of a famous canalside mill complex. ...

  • £50bn plan for a super port manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    At the Eastern Gateway in Manchester, at the other end of the Manchester Ship Canal, Peel has submitted plans for a multi-modal transport interchange near Eccles. ...


Monday 3 March

Today's news from the web

  • Standedge tug system to be dropped? penninewaterways.co.uk

    British Waterways is proposing major changes to the way that boats pass through Standedge Tunnel. ...

  • Boost for Stoke Bruerne museum northamptonchron.co.uk

    A project costing £500,000 to restore facilities at the canal museum in Stoke Bruerne is due to be finished by Easter. ...

  • Wharf renewal makes national final todmordennews.co.uk

    Fielden Wharf has made it through to the finals of a national redevelopment awards. ...

  • Mind the gap as railings are swiped halifaxcourier.co.uk

    The Rochdale Canal by Tuel Lock has had several sections of metal handrail stolen, leaving long gaps along the water's edge. ...

  • Cruiser fire in Aylesbury bucksherald.co.uk

    A MAN was treated for smoke inhalation by ambulance staff after a canal boat fire near Tring Road Tesco in Aylesbury yesterday afternoon (March 3). ...


Friday 29 February

Red diesel - details announced

The Government has announced how leisure boat fuel will be taxed from November.

The end of the "red diesel" arrangement, whereby boaters can fill up with special low-tax fuel, was announced by the European Commission last year despite heavy lobbying by boating groups.

But according to today's announcement, when the new regime comes into effect on 1st November, the fuel will still be red - just taxed at the full rate. This means boaters will not have to clean tanks and marinas will not have to replace their pumps. The same fuel will be sold at different rates to leisure (full tax) and commercial (low tax) boaters.

In a welcome concession, leisure boaters will also be able to claim a discount to recognise that some fuel is typically used in heating their boats and to charge domestic batteries. This will mean that boaters with diesel heating will not need to fit a second tank. The exact details of this are yet to be worked out.

More details in April's WW (and no, this isn't our April fool!).

Richard Fairhurst  | 2.04pm | 1 comment


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