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Monday 3 March

Today's news from the web

  • 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


Today's news from the web

  • New guide to the Narrow waterscape.com

    It's been a labour of love but after many years, Huddersfield Canal Society Administrator, Dr Bob Gough has completed a new towpath guide to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. ...

  • New wave of help from marine unit in Birmingham birminghammail.net

    Birmingham may be landlocked - but the city which famously has more miles of canals than Venice is seeing police patrols take to the water for the first time. ...

  • Stoke Firm Comes Up With Volesafe System somersetcountygazette.co.uk

    Threatened voles have found a saviour in a Stoke St Gregory eco-engineering company. ...

  • Narrowboat used as ambulance northamptonchron.co.uk

    A man was helped to hospital by narrowboat after falling ill on a Northamptonshire stretch of the Grand Union canal. ...


Wednesday 27 February

Today's news from the web

  • Rochdale project calls for help rochdaleonline.co.uk

    John Grimshaw, CEO of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, and representatives from Rochdale Council and British Waterways, will host the meeting to talk about plans for the Connect2 Rochdale Canal Towpath Connections scheme which was voted for by the public last December. ...

  • Call To Walkers To Help Canal Revamp wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust expects hundreds of people to take part in this year's annual sponsored walk along part of the stretch between Chippenham and Melksham. ...

  • Canal Festival Bounces Back gazetteseries.co.uk

    Organisers of the Saul Canal Festival have bounced back, with confident plans for this summer's event - following the floods that washed out the 2007 festival. ...


Tuesday 26 February

Today's news from the web

  • Canal trip commuters expressandstar.com

    Commuters could be swapping their cars for canal boats as part of an ambitious plan to encourage staff to travel to work via the waterways in Sandwell. ...

  • Vandal ruins lock clean-up halifaxcourier.co.uk

    A PICTURESQUE lock has been vandalised by a graffiti artist with a difference. ...


Monday 25 February

Today's news from the web

  • First effect is felt from BW pulling out of Cotswolds thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Plans to start work on a new canal bridge at a key location in Stroud have hit troubled waters. Because British Waterways pulled the plug on canal redevelopment, Gloucestershire County Council does not know if it can get the funds together for a new £2 million bridge at Wallbridge in time for a September start. ...

  • Lincoln river boat to be sold thisislincolnshire.co.uk

    A fixture of the waterfront scene in the centre of Lincoln could soon be departing for good. The MV City of Lincoln pleasure-boat owned by Cathedral City Cruises, has been a regular fixture of the city's waterways for over 20 years. ...

  • Canal Owners Predict New Wave Of Activity theherald.co.uk

    Scotland's lowland canals are home to fewer than 400 boats just six years after they reopened following a £85m revamp. ...

  • BW rent hike hits pensioners lep.co.uk

    Residents battling huge rent hikes for canal-side gardens in Ashton look set to receive support from Preston Council – amid fears other streets could be affected. ...

  • Lancaster Canal plans for Kendal nwemail.co.uk

    A scheme for how Kendal’s Canal Head area could be regenerated to attract jobs, business and visitors, is being considered by South Lakeland District Council. ...

  • Droitwich Canal Memories Wanted bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk

    People who lived alongside or worked on the Droitwich canals have been asked to record their memories as part of the restoration of the town's two historic waterways. ...


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