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Monday 18 February

Today's news from the web

  • ‘Spring clean’ to bring fish back to Manchester Ship Canal manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    The Manchester Ship Canal is to get a new lease of life thanks to a £90m clean-up that will bring back fish to the historic waterway. The 36-mile canal, which opened in 1894, established Manchester as the country’s third largest port and opened up key trade routes across the world. Sewer systems of the era in Manchester meant waste water and rain flowed through pipes into watercourses including the canal. Over time, the water has taken its toll on the canal’s quality. Now a mammoth ‘spring clean’ aims to produce cleaner canal water – and the return of fish including bream, roach, perch and carp....

  • 2,000+ turn out for Dowley Gap aqueduct walk on L&L Canal thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    More than 2,000 people took a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk along the bed of an historic aqueduct yesterday. In a UK first, a section of the 240-year-old Dowley Gap Aqueduct on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Bingley, which has been drained for repairs, was opened to the public. The open day, hosted by the Canal and River Trust, was postponed from January 27, when it had to be called off because of bad weather....

  • Triumph for (Brentford tidal section) canal boat litigant on appeal ukhumanrightsblog.com

    A boat owner has won his appeal against the British Waterways Board preventing him from mooring his boats alongside his land on a tidal stretch of the Grand Canal. Although he had no common law right to permanently moor the boats, he had committed no actionable wrong in doing so, and they were therefore not moored “without lawful authority” within the meaning of the British Waterways Act 1983. This judgment is an interesting and important endorsement of the principle in English law that everything is permitted except what is expressly forbidden. ...


Thursday 14 February

Today's news from the web

  • Pendle MP calls for action over L&L canal towpath lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has called a meeting with the Canal and River Trust over the poor state of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Nelson. Mr Stephenson said: “Pendle residents are fed up of walking the canal and finding it strewn with litter and refuse from fly-tipping. “The canal should be an area that we are all able to enjoy. Responsibility for keeping the canal clean rests with the trust, who need to work with Pendle Borough Council on this....


Tuesday 12 February

Kingsground Narrowboats - a clarification

Kingsground Narrowboats has asked us to point out that contrary to a report in the March 2013 issue of Waterways World, it is still actively trading and building the high quality boats it is renowned for. 

We apologise for any negative impression our story may have conveyed and will be issuing a further clarification here shortly, and in the next issue. 

For more information Kingsground can be contacted by phone on 01869 351321, by email at richard@kingsground.co.uk or on Facebook as 'Kingsground Narrowboats'. 

Andrew Denny  | 2.07pm | 2 comments


Monday 11 February

Today's news from the web

  • CRT closes George's Pork & Poultry shop on Audlem locks canalrivertrust.org.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has issued a statement about serving notice to end the lease on George’s Pork & Poultry Shop on the Shropshire Union Canal. "Since then there has been an outpouring of strong feelings and anger towards the Canal & River Trust at this decision, due to the popularity of the shop. Because of this we would like to explain further the reasons behind our decision and why we have no other choice but to end the lease. The background to the current situation is that Mr George entered into an agreement with us in 2010 to lease a small 19th Century lock hut and land for storage and growing vegetables."


    [For another side to this story see http://peterunderwood.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-battle-of-audlem-locks.html]
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Friday 8 February

Today's news from the web

  • Repairing the 'M6 of the waterways' bbc.co.uk

    More than 80m underneath Dudley town centre, a major engineering feat is taking place. In a long and partially dark tunnel, a team of 15 men is working around the clock to repair a 50m section of Netherton tunnel which arches over what has been described as "the M6 of canals". The two-way canal was built in 1858 to relieve the congestion on the adjacent Dudley tunnel where barges and boats had a wait of several days at times....


Monday 4 February

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  • Driver escapes as crane plunges into Leeds-Liverpool canal yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    An investigation has been launched after a 64-tonne crane plunged into the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Apperley Bridge. The driver leapt to safety when the crane flipped onto its roof after the ground crumbled beneath it at Dobson Locks. An investigation has been launched to find out why the towpath gave way while The Canal and Rivers Trust was carrying out preparation work to replace the lock gates. Part of the towpath was fenced off until the crane, which is thought to weigh around 64 tonnes, is removed from site following the incident on Friday morning. (Feb 1)...


Friday 1 February

Today's news from the web

  • The Future Of Canal Transport--Take The Elevated nextbigfuture.com

    George Friedman of Stratfor, in writing about America’s “Inevitable Empire” (http://goo.gl/EacCB) touches on the vital capital saving aspects of waterborne transport over land transport. Large cargo carrier ships are often many times cheaper than small river barges. Small river barges are often many times cheaper than railroads, which are cheaper than trucks. In that article he estimates the capital saving factor of water over land transport to be from 10 to 30 times cheaper. Navigable rivers do not share storm surge problems or tidal variations like coastal seaports. The problem of course is that navigable rivers are where they are and not where they are not. ...

  • Woman gets into icy canal in Banbury to rescue puppy banburyguardian.co.uk

    A woman lowered herself into an icy canal to rescue a seven-week-old puppy who was just minutes from death. Arleta Vakane of Banbury was walking over the Oxford Canal in Bridge Street, Banbury, when she saw something in the water. As she got closer she realised it was a puppy and after unsuccessfully lying down in the snow to reach the ailing creature, she slid into the water and swam to the dog to pull her out....


Thursday 31 January

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  • Regent's Canal community recalls Gemma McCluskie body part trail bbc.co.uk

    On 6 March last year a human torso was discovered in London's Regent's Canal. Following the macabre find, people living, walking, working and kayaking in the area knew there were two arms, two legs and a head yet to be discovered - possibly by them. It was six months before the final part of Gemma McCluskie's body - her head - was found in the canal in Hackney, east London, as revealed in graphic detail during the murder trial of her brother....


Tuesday 29 January

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  • Work starts to repair breached Trent and Mersey Canal bbc.co.uk

    Work has finally begun on repairing part of a Cheshire canal which collapsed in flooding last year. The Trent and Mersey Canal breached its banks at Dutton after heavy rain in September, leaving a hole the size of 12 double decker buses in the side. The Canal and River Trust is investing nearly £2.1m to fix the damage. It will use 12,000 tonnes of stones and other materials to reconstruct the 235-year-old canal embankment and will also install new drainage....


Monday 28 January

Today's news from the web

  • Wey & Arun Canal restoration moves to next lock bbc.co.uk

    Volunteers restoring a canal that runs though Surrey and West Sussex are hoping to start work on another lock. The Wey & Arun Canal Trust was given permission to restore Gennets Bridge Lock in Chichester in 2011, but had to finish work on another site before fundraising could begin. It aims to have raised enough money to start work on the new lock this summer. The estimated cost of restoring the lock is £365,000 but using volunteers could halve that, the trust said....


Thursday 24 January

Today's news from the web

  • Historic canal side mill to go under the hammer for £1 thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    A historic canalside mill which has had planning permission for residential development is going under the hammer later this month with a reserve price of just £1. Port Vale Mill, in Milvale Street, Middleport, is a five-storey mill sitting in almost half an acre and which previously has had planing consent for conversion for 14 apartments, construction of two apartments and nine houses plus parking and landscaping. The mill holds Local Listing status which means that it has architectural significance and is in a conservation area....

  • Freezing Hilton models frolic on 'beach' in the snow by the Thames dailymail.co.uk

    It's a tried and tested publicity stunt - girls in bikinis running along a beach get a lot of public attention. But in the absence of a beach, or sunny tropical scenery, the Hilton created their own 'pop-up beach' along the banks of the Thames in what could be described as the most ridiculous marketing campaign ever. The group of seven models - dressed in nothing but flattering navy blue swimsuits - were hired to prance about in the snow as part of a promotional campaign by the Hilton to publicise their most recent sale. ...

  • Video: Watch newsreader plunge into freezing canal while texting her boyfriend mirror.co.uk

    This is the moment a clumsy radio newsreader plunged into a freezing canal while texting her boyfriend instead of looking where she was going. Laura Safe failed to live up to her surname when she walked straight into the icy cold canal. An eyewitness even called out to try and stop her from falling in - but she didn't hear him in time. ...


Wednesday 23 January

Londoners told: Stop dumping household rubbish on the canal

The Canal & River Trust has announced a growing problem of household rubbish being dumped on London’s towpaths. It says the problem is particularly acute on the eastern half of the Regent’s Canal, in Islington, around Broadway Market in Hackney and at Mile End Park. "The Trust has been faced with bins overflowing with household rubbish and domestic waste. We empty the bins in the morning and within hours they’ll be full again,” said a spokesman in a press release on 23rd January. “The bins are designed to be used by passers-by for disposing of light litter such as drink cans and food wrappers. But it seems a selfish minority are bringing bags stuffed full of domestic rubbish.” The Trust says that the rubbish is clearly of domestic nature, because much of it features household waste like food tins, bottles or food preparation put into supermarket carrier bags. The areas concerned all feature large numbers of liveaboard boaters without permanent moorings. However, the Trust spokesman was very careful to say that there was no evidence the problem originated with them, and it could not be sure who was responsible. Rubbish collection has been outsourced to utilities group Fountains, who are responsible for emptying the towpath bins and the three boaters’ refuse points at Little Venice, St Pancras and Old Ford. Representatives of the London continuous cruisers have in the past criticised the presence of only three refuse points on the eight-mile canal. In the past some boaters have suggested a rubbish boat should service the canal, but the Trust said that this would only work if it was daily and reliable, and that this was unaffordable. It says that to report overflowing bins, people should call the London office on 020 7517 5560, but appealed again for people not to use the bins for domestic rubbish.


Andrew Denny  | 5.11pm | 1 comment


Today's news from the web

  • ‘Barge rage’ as locals protest over boaters' smoke & noise in Islington standard.co.uk

    Barge owners living on Regent’s Canal are being confronted by residents over noise and pollution. Homeowners are reported to have marched to the edge of the waterway in Angel, Islington, to complain about smoke from boat engines pouring into their kitchens, bedrooms and gardens. Resident Sarah Morris, 21, said the noise made it difficult to sleep: “Summer is the worst because we normally keep windows open. But winter can be bad when they burn smoky coal. People have gone to the towpath to complain but often are shouted at.” Nearby residents include Boris Johnson....


Monday 21 January

Today's news from the web

  • Newsreader topples into BCN canal after losing her footing while texting dailymail.co.uk

    A Birmingham radio newsreader plunged into a freezing canal in the city as she texted her boyfriend. Laura Safe, who works for the Capital FM Breakfast Show, lost her footing after she walked down the steps of the Mailbox shopping centre and slipped into the icy water. She was hauled to safety by property boss Neil Edginton who spotted the drama unfolding as he walked along the canal on Wednesday....


Sunday 20 January

Today's news from the web

  • Grieving boater's suicide after death of brother staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk

    A grieving narrowboat dweller hanged himself a month after his brother had taken his own life, an inquest heard. Robert Gallacher, originally from North Lanark- shire in Scotland, had been “affected deeply” by the death of his brother Tony in August 2012, Cannock Coroner’s Court was told last week. He returned to Scotland for his brother’s funeral but was moored along the Shropshire Union Canal, close to the Anchor Inn at High Offley, near Eccleshall, when he died....


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