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Thursday 27 September

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  • Three teenage schoolboys arrested over Wolverhampton canal attacks birminghammail.net

    Three teenage schoolboys have been arrested after sickening attacks on a Wolverhampton towpath saw six victims pushed into the water. A 13, 14 and 15-year-old have been released on police bail on suspicion of assault following an investigation by officers into ‘brazen acts of malice’. The first attack on September 12 saw a 40-year-old cyclist being shoved in the shoulder, causing him to fall into the Birmingham Canal near Gorsebrook Road in Whitmore Reans. ...

Tuesday 25 September

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  • Plans for new marina in north of Coventry coventrytelegraph.net

    Ambitious plans have been put forward to transform derelict land in Coventry which has become a magnet for crime. A proposal for a huge marina off Aldermans Green Road [On the site of the old Longford Power Station, close to Hawkesbury Junction] has been submitted to the city council...The scheme would provide 225 berths for canalboats as well as 24 new homes, 35 industrial units and a large conservation area. ...

Monday 24 September

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  • Floating allotment barge wins green award waterwaysworld.com

    An old barge on an east London canal has been turned into an edible Eden by local gardeners. Kingsland Basin’s floating allotment barge in east London produces a variety of organic edibles from rhubarb, rocket and potatoes to runner beans, tomatoes, globe artichokes and even two kinds of gooseberries — green and red....

Friday 21 September

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  • Regent’s Canal: A Folk Opera at Rosemary Branch camdennewjournal.com

    "A story of how the Regent’s Canal came to be” belies the depth of historical content that Regent’s Canal: A Folk Opera has to offer. The result of a collaboration between the Musical Flying Squad and the London Irish Theatre, Rob Inglis’ informative production marks 200 years since the Regent’s Canal Act of 1812 was signed. John Dunne’s intelligent direction allowed a small cast on an even smaller stage to give a musical account of not only the construction of the landmark waterway, but also the politics surrounding the project and issues that characterised north London in the early-19th century....

  • Drowning toddler stared up at me from the water thisisleicestershire.co.uk

    A narrowboat owner has described the moment she rescued a drowning toddler from the water after he fell between the towpath and her boat. Riki Kittel heard a loud bang and a splash and looked into the water to see the face of a toddler staring up at her from under the surface of the Grand Union Canal, in south Leicestershire....

Monday 17 September

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  • Get behind grant bid to open (Buckingham) canal by next year buckinghamtoday.co.uk

    If people in and around Buckingham can show how strongly they feel about the restoration of the town’s branch of the Grand Union Canal, a 400m section could be back in action by the end of 2013. After changes in the way grants generated by landfill taxes were administered the Buckingham Canal Society was asked to show local support for the £68,000 grant by Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN)....

Sunday 16 September

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  • ‘Meccano’ bridge for MBB canal wins green light theboltonnews.co.uk

    A bridge that looks like it is made from a giant Meccano set will be built in a popular beauty spot after it was given the goahead by Bolton Council ’s planning committee. The £90,000 bridge was unanimously praised by councillors for the design’s interpretation of the popular children’s building toy....

Thursday 13 September

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  • Upper Thames hireboat business plans get go-ahead bbc.co.uk

    Plans to turn a derelict water treatment works site on an island in the River Thames into a marina have been approved by councillors. Cotswold Boat Hire's proposal to develop Brandy Island at Buscot Weir, near Faringdon, in Oxfordshire will see 17 new moorings built. The plans were approved by the Vale of White Horse Council on Wednesday night. Residents, the National Trust and others had objected, saying it will ruin a tranquil part of the river....

Wednesday 12 September

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  • Claverton pumping station gets Red Wheel award canalrivertrust.org.uk

    Claverton Pumping Station, near Bath, which opened in 1813 as part of the pioneering canal route between London and Bristol, has been honoured with a Red Wheel award from the Transport Trust....

  • 'Giant Meccano' bridge planned for Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal's Nob End manchesterconfidential.co.uk

    This week Bolton Council’s planning committee will decide whether to give permission for the building of a giant Meccano styled footbridge over the canal at Nob End, Little Lever, Bolton. Local artist Liam Curtin designed the new Meccano Bridge with the help of engineers from the Council and Bolton University. The bridge will be made from scaled up Meccano pieces and then assembled on site by local volunteers. As many of the parts as possible are being made by Bolton based companies....

Tuesday 11 September

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  • ‘Meccano bridge’ plan for canal reclamation theboltonnews.co.uk

    An ironwork bridge in the style of the toy Meccano building toy has been planned for the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal at Nob End. It has been designed by celebrated public artist Liam Curtin. The pieces would be 10 times the size of a toy Meccano set, and a local steel fabricator will be used to make the beams, nuts and bolts in the same style — but 10 times thicker and 1,000 times heavier....

  • Student to ship items to Leicester along the Grand Union Canal miltonkeynes.co.uk

    A new student is choosing a unique way of transporting her belongings to university in Leicester – sending them up the Grand Union Canal. Clare Scott, who lives at The Well in Willen, will be studying Speech and Language therapy at De Montfort University, starting on October 1, and as a firm supporter of lowering her carbon footprint she made the decision to transport her belongings this way....

Monday 10 September

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  • Architects propose £50bn Thames floating airport for London theverge.com

    Architectural firm Gensler is proposing the construction of a floating airport on the surface of London's River Thames Estuary. Dubbed the London Britannia Airport, its concourse would sit in the center of the Thames Estuary, surrounded by runways that float, and tethered to the seabed. The primary access route would be a new high-speed underground railway offering direct links to London and Europe. ...

  • YouTube - Canals of the United Kingdom youtube.com

    A special auto-generated 'channel' on YouTube of videos about the UK canal system ...

Friday 7 September

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  • Royal barge Chartwell sold at a loss telegraph.co.uk

    The royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, which received a million pound makeover for the event, has been sold to a buyer in Portugal where it will be used for tourist trips. Its owner Philip Morrell said he had sold the vessel at a loss after being unable to reach agreement to sail along part of the Thames. The vessel's berth in Central London had also been lost because of the Olympics. He said: "I am sad she has gone but we faced difficulties which made it unviable to use her on the River Thames. Without revealing figures the boat has been sold for half what I paid for her"....

  • Floating homes plan fuels Regent’s Canal towpath war islingtontribune.com

    Canal campaigners in Islington warned of a new battle of the towpath this week over a plan to replace traditional visitor moorings with permanent luxury floating homes. The idea comes from the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour along parts of the waterway close to Noel Road, at the Angel. Residents whose gardens back onto the towpath complain of smoke from boat engines pouring into their gardens and noisy generators disturbing the peace often at night. ...

  • Are Water Chariots going under? blogs.mirror.co.uk

    Water Chariots describe themselves as the "only way to guarantee" you'll get to the Olympics and Paralympics on time and without queueing. So Julia Morris, from Walthamstow, north London, bought tickets for her and her three-year-old son to travel to yesterday's athletics session in the Olympic Stadium by canal boat. But last week Water Chariots called to her warn the route was being changed for "security reasons" and did she want a refund or to re-book another trip?...

Tuesday 28 August

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  • Morris Lubricants develops special lubricant for MSC swing bridges shropshirelive.com

    A team of experts at a leading British lubricants company has come up with an environmentally friendly solution to keep transport on and off The Manchester Ship Canal running smoothly. Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants was challenged to develop a lubricating, water soluble and biodegradable product that wouldn’t freeze so that a series of swing bridges would continue working in all weather conditions. Following a year of use, the specially formulated Morris Terralus MSC product has been declared a big success....

  • Five people and a dog rescued as narrowboat sinks in Thames at Canary Wharf eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk

    Five people and a dog were rescued from the Thames, near Canary Wharf, minutes before a narrow boat started to sink. Police were called at 5.27pm last Friday (August 24), to reports of a narrow boat taking on water while trying to cross the river between Canary Wharf Pear, near Westferry Road, and Hilton Docklands Pear, near Rotherhithe Street. Police officers pulled three people from the water and two people were rescued by a London RIB Experience boat. A dog was also rescued by police officers. All five people, the woman who owns the boat and four men, were taken to an East London hospital as a precaution and were subsequently discharged, according to police. ...

  • BCN towpath 'stabbing' was failed lock-jump stunt bbc.co.uk

    A teenager who claimed to have been stabbed on a canal towpath has been fined after video revealed he injured himself in a failed stunt. The 19-year-old, who has not been named, told police he was stabbed in the chin with a knife and then thrown into a canal in Dudley on 17 May....

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