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Monday 17 December

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  • A glimpse of the Arctic in Brindley Place blogs.birminghampost.net

    Walking by the canal in Brindley Place recently I passed a stately flotilla of Canada geese. Nothing remarkable about that you may think, and yet it in some ways it is wholly remarkable that these birds thrive in the heart of the nation's second largest city. There are, after all, few things more evocative of the world's lonely places than the honking of a skein of geese silhouetted against a winter sunset. Yet here are some amongst the shoppers and concert-goers. ...


Thursday 13 December

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  • Victory for couple threatened with a £26k narrowboat loan bill thisismoney.co.uk

    When a young couple purchased a narrowboat in an attempt to beat the soaring expense of getting on the property ladder for the first time, they believed they had snapped up a real bargain. They borrowed £30,000 to buy the £23,000 boat in May 2012 and spent £8,000 on repairs as a labour of love after a surveyor described it as ‘uninhabitable’. However, just three months later, they were hit with shocking news. Clydesdale Bank contacted them to reveal that it had granted a loan to the previous owner, who had sold it with more than £26,000 still owed. The bank still held the boat's deeds and told its new owners Anna Boehm and Chris Milner they were liable for the debt. ...


Tuesday 11 December

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  • Voles one, Velos nil - Oxford towpath plans thwarted road.cc

    The presence of water voles by a towpath on the Oxford Canal has dealt an apparently terminal blow to a £200,000 plan to improve the surface of a towpath on the Oxford Canal. Sustrans had announced plans to upgrade the surface of the towpath in North Oxofrd earlier this year, but now says that the discovery of rare water voles in the verge alongside the canal will make it impossible for the shared use path to adhere to the minimum width of 2 metres, falling 20cm short....


Monday 10 December

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  • Police divers search canal for missing Chesterfield Canal boatsman worksopguardian.co.uk

    Divers are scouring the depths of Shireoaks Marina and Chesterfield Canal in search of a missing man. Steven Johnson, 61, was last seen at around 7.30pm last Tuesday, 4th December, when he returned to his houseboat after having dinner with a neighbour at the marina. Police are making enquiries with residents in the vicinity and searching the surrounding area....

  • Boys charged over Wolverhampton canal attacks bbc.co.uk

    Two teenage boys have been charged in connection to a series of attacks in which victims were pushed into the canal in the Wolverhampton area. A total of six people, including two men in their 70s, are thought to have been shoved into the water. During the attacks earlier this year the victims suffered injuries ranging from cracked ribs to a shattered kneecap. The boys are due to appear at Wolverhampton Youth Court on 3 January....


Tuesday 4 December

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  • New 200-berth marina planned near Oxford oxfordmail.co.uk

    Plans to build a multi-million pound marina on Green Belt land next to the Oxford Canal have been put forward. Farmer Merlin Smith wants to build and operate the 206-berth inland waterways marina, boat workshop and boater facilities on 12 hectares of agricultural land off Woodstock Road, Yarnton. He also wants to create a new access road, car parking and footpaths which would give pedestrians and cyclists a direct route along the canal towpath into Oxford city centre....


Thursday 22 November

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  • Shocking images show moment floods burst Grand Western Canal bank thesun.co.uk

    Families were forced to flee a torrent of water gushing towards their homes after the banks of a canal dramatically collapsed. Engineers are desperately working to try to dam the flow after a breach of the Great Western Canal in Devon sent millions of gallons racing down a hillside. Video footage shows the 200-year-old clay bank falling away in huge chunks following heavy rain which has caused flash floods and chaos on the roads across Britain....

  • Horse rescued from Coventry Canal coventrytelegraph.net

    A horse was rescued from the Coventry Canal by fire crews last night (Wednesday). The animal had found its way into the canal at Sutton Stop, Longford, and two crews from Radford fire station and a technical rescue team from Bickenhill were sent to retrieve it at 7.30pm. Firefighters entered the canal and used specialist equipment to hoist the horse out the water. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said it took just over an hour to free the horse and it was examined by a vet for hypothermia before the owner arrived. ...

  • Flood warnings along the River Nene as Billing Aquadrome evacuated environment-agency.gov.uk

    Holiday homes at Billing Aquadrome are being evacuated this morning, as forecasters warn of further rain later today (November 22). The Environment Agency issued a Flood Warning for the site at 7.47am this morning. Around 1000 people are expected to leave the Billing site and are being advised to make alternative arrangements until further notice....

  • Grand Western Canal breaches in North Devon thisisnorthdevon.co.uk

    The Grand Western Canal breached its banks after a large chunk of its embankment collapsed following heavy rainfall across Mid Devon. An eyewitness said the void left in the bank between Halberton and Sampford Peverell was so large it could accommodate Tiverton Town Hall. He said: "This part of the canal is built up with steep banks both sides and I have been told the Canal Rangers were worried about it collapsing so they put in stopper boards in either side. But the bank did collapse, and you could put Tiverton Town Hall in the gap that has been left three times over – it is massive." Devon County Council is warning residents in Halberton to be aware of the potential of further risk of flooding ...

  • Floods on Grand Union near Stoke Bruerne aboutmyarea.co.uk

    Flooding continues throughout Northamptonshire after BBC News visited the villages of Wappenham and Tiffield with roads around Greens Norton also causing problems last night. Luckily Thursday dawned bright but more rain is forecast for tonight. The River Tove that runs through Towcester and past Stoke Park Pavillions was in full flood, with narrow boats on the Grand Union Canal between Stoke Bruerne and Grafton Regis appearing to be in the fields....

  • Workers flee flooded Stroudwater canal as floodwaters top dam thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Engineering experts have been drafted in ahead of schedule after floodwater overwhelmed a canal dam and forced workmen to be evacuated. A new 330 metre stretch of the Stroudwater Canal is under 1.5 metres of water - but it should be empty. ​ Workers are installing a temporary dam Engineers are installing a temporary dam to keep back the water they're pumping out of the section near Doctor Newton's Way in Stroud. Site agent Dr Simon Dunn said the clay dam which has been keeping canal water at bay was topped by floodwater at around 10am yesterday. ...


Friday 16 November

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Wednesday 7 November

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  • Ashby canalside dream at Measham set to become a reality burtonmail.co.uk

    Ambitous plans for a canalside development which could turn a former mining village into a tourist destination are to be showcased for the first time. The scheme will see up to 400 new homes built off Burton Road, Measham, linked by an 800-metre stretch of newly dug canal to a wharf overlooked by shops, offices and leisure outlets. The project is ultimately planned to link up with the restored section of the Ashby Canal, which would reach the wharf via an aqueduct sweeping dramatically over High Street. ...

  • Activists back Slough-Thames canal link plan sloughobserver.co.uk

    Keen canal activists have been assured ambitious, multi-million pound plans to link the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal with the River Thames are still a 'long-term objective'. The proposal to create a one-and-a-half mile link was included in Slough Borough Council's Site Allocations Plan - along with 87 other long-term developments - in 2008....


Monday 5 November

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  • Attempts made to re-float sunken narrow boat on Nene itv.com

    The River Canal Rescue service is attempting to re-float a narrow boat which partially sank on the River Nene in Northamptonshire after smashing into a sluice gate. The boat got into trouble at Ditchford Lock on Thursday. Two people were onboard at the time, but they both got off safely....


Wednesday 31 October

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  • Droitwich Canals restoration leader 'very proud' bbc.co.uk

    Decades of toil by thousands of volunteers has paid off in Worcestershire, where more than 4,000 boats have now travelled on two restored canals. And one man has more reason to be proud than most. Max Sinclair, 82, led dedicated helpers who bought diggers, moved tonnes of mud away, built locks and made new towpaths....


Monday 29 October

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  • Canal and River Trust sells Giant's Basin office block in Manchester menmedia.co.uk

    A private buyer has snapped up a Manchester city centre office block as England‘s waterways charity offloads its property assets. Acting on behalf of the owner of Giants Basin, Canal & River Trust - the new name for British Waterways - the Manchester office of Sanderson Weatherall has completed the sale of the 10,376 sq ft Castlefield building for £925,000. Giant’s Basin is partly let to Tangerine Public Relations and Coaching, which occupies about 5,500 sq ft on the ground, second and third floors....


Sunday 28 October

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  • Team completes Birmingham to Worcester narrowboat pull bbc.co.uk

    Six men have pulled a 12-tonne narrowboat from Birmingham to Worcester to raise money for a cancer charity. Maths teacher Neil Evans and five friends took part in the 30-mile (48km) boat pull in aid of Cancer Research UK. The team, all former rugby players, took five days to complete the mission, arriving "on target" at Diglis Basin at 15:00 BST....


Friday 26 October

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  • Canal & River Trust charity seeks lobby firm prweek.com

    The Canal and River Trust has launched a pitch for its public affairs account. The charity was set up this summer to replace public sector body British Waterways, amid a wider cutting back of quangos. After the switchover of duties in July, the trust immediately took on British Waterways' lobbying firm Cavendish Communications, but it has now decided to repitch as it refocuses its work....


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