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Monday 4 July

Today's news from the web

  • Repairs to historic railway aqueduct [sic] bakewelltoday.co.uk

    A towpath along a historic aqueduct will close while Derbyshire County Council carries out essential repairs. Work on the aqueduct which carries the Cromford Canal over the Derby to Matlock railway line will start on July 11 and will finish in November. The existing towpath will be removed and replaced with a new steel path and the route over the railway will be closed during this time....

  • Water festival marks end of £12m canals project worcesternews.co.uk

    People flooded into Droitwich this weekend for the town’s first water festival. The Droitwich Water Festival celebrated the completion of the £12m project to restore the canals to their former glory. As we reported on Saturday, the three-day festival was launched with an opening ceremony on Friday during which a plaque was unveiled by Defra minister Caroline Spelman....


Thursday 30 June

Daventry canal arm project becomes high-profile

After the sudden formation earlier this year of the Daventry Canal Association to push forward a long-proposed canal arm into the town centre - complete with six locks and a large waterspace-centred development - you'd probably assume its energy would evaporate quickly. Most such efforts do. 

Surprisingly, no it hasn't; not in this case. Planning applications are already in the works, including an application for detailed planning permission of the canal arm from the junction with the Grand Union Canal through to the edge of the town, and outline permission for the development that will surround the basin. 
 
And the initial flurry of press coverage hasn't died down. Last weekend the Association held fort at the Braunston traditional boat show (picture shows the man on the stand pointing out the entrance to the proposed canal basin), and yesterday the Daventry Canal Arm project featured as a five-minute segment on the Radio 4 PM program:

BBC iPlayer link (direct to the start of the segment): http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b0124nv0/   

The Association really has done very well to get this far, and although it's still nowhere near home and dry, they are very close to getting detailed planning permission for the arm itself, and outline planning permission for the 20-acre development that will justify it all.

Residential, commercial, leisure - a good balance of city-centre waterside development that should breath new life into the town centre. We wish it well. 

For news, follow the blog on www.daventrycanal.org.uk/news-blog.html



Andrew Denny  | 9.37am


Wednesday 29 June

Today's news from the web

  • Hereford & Glos canal restoration plans for abandoned railway bbc.co.uk

    Plans have been unveiled to turn the route of an old railway line at Newent back into a canal. Originally built as a canal, the route was turned into a railway in the 1880s. The railway was then abandoned in 1964. The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust proposal to restore the waterway would see it running between the platforms of the old station. The plan is part of an ongoing project to restore the entire 34 mile canal between Gloucester and Hereford....

  • 'Go somewhere else' says Maidenhead council to illegal moorers on Thames maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    'Go somewhere else' was the message to boat owners illegally mooring their vessels on the River Thames at a Royal Borough council meeting last night. Cabinet members of the Windsor and Maidenhead council agreed to a crackdown on unlicensed and illegal craft on a stretch of the river in Maidenhead during a cabinet meeting at Windsor's Guildhall....

  • Maffi's blog: Braunston and the Milly M narrowboater.blogspot.com

    It would seem that Braunston was a runaway sucess this year with around 120 historical boats taking part. I am led to believe this is a record. I was thinking I might enter Milly M next year, she is after all a historical boat. ...

  • The Droitwich - a historic waterway unlocked independent.co.uk

    The Worcester & Birmingham Canal forms the backbone of a new triangular itinerary that allows the unconverted to test the appeal of a narrowboat holiday on the waterways that helped build our nation. The key is the revival of the eastern stretch of the Droitwich Canal, which had, like so much of the inland waterways network, long been abandoned. "Unnavigable," warns one chart, while on the latest Ordnance Survey map, drawn five years ago, a stretch of it has simply vanished – dried up and filled up in the name of progress. Yet such is the imagination and dedication of enthusiasts, not to mention the power of £12m, that on Friday the full length of the Droitwich Canal officially re-opens – 240 years to the day after its original opening....


Monday 27 June

Droitwich Junction Canal officially open today

British Waterways has announced that as from today, 27th June, the Droitwich Junction Canal, from Hanbury on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to Vines Park at Droitwich Town, is now open.  

'Delighted' is a much-overused word in PR-speak, but BW can be justifiably delighted today.

The opening of the Junction canal completes the through route to the River Severn and opens the 21-mile Mid-Worcestershire Ring. 

BW says that initially operation of the new locks will be slow, due to 'nesting birds'.  They have also issued a notice that in places these locks are indeed narrow, with a maximum beam of 7ft (many historic working narrowboats are wider than this)  and that the maximum draft is presently only 2'6".  

Please note that there is a festival in Droitwich from Friday 1st July until Sunday 3rd July and boats will only be able to moor in Droitwich if they have booked with the Droitwich Canal Trust.  http://www.worcs.com/dct/

There are also 
currently no water points or sanitation facilities on the Junction and Barge Canals - boaters will need to fill up before entering the Droitwich canals. 

Finally, BW warns that the canalised section of the River Salwarpe between Vines Park and Lock 7 on the Junction Canal is subject to rapid rises in level and flow following periods of rain; therefore no overnight mooring on this section is allowed.

Happy boating! 

Andrew Denny  | 4.48pm


Waterways projects in People’s Millions finalist awards

As we went to press, the People’s Millions Grants Programme was close to deciding on the recipients of a series of £60,000 grants to worthy causes in various ITV regions. Four waterways projects were in line for awards, three on them on the same day:

Mon 27th June:
The Grand Union Iron Trunk Aqueduct at Cosgrove, near Milton Keynes 
200 years old this year, the Iron Trunk Aqueduct needs funding to give it a well-deserved ‘makeover’. This will involve draining the aqueduct, cleaning and repainting it, and removing vegetation. Other initiatives to be funded include a community recording project as an educational resource and the use of the recording project as an educational resource for school activities. 

Get Creative, Get Afloat – Peterborough Multimedia Barge
A floating multimedia barge for young people to learn new skills, to help them change their lives. Members of the local community will be involved converting and fitting out the barge, while volunteers will be trained in boat handling and maintenance. 

Electrically powered community boat for the Chesterfield Canal Trust
The Chesterfield Canal Trust seeks funding for a new electrically powered boat to be based at Kiveton. It will be fully accessible for the disabled, with an electro-hydraulic system to enable any user to steer the boat from anywhere within it.

Wed 29th June:
Stroud Canals Connections
This project will create a canal-side footpath connecting the town and the surrounding national and regional paths. The route will be signposted by traditional mile markers and podcast recordings made by the community that capture the spirit of the district through stories about its past and their vision for its future.

Andrew Denny  | 3.59pm


Today's news from the web

  • Minorca site battle ends in victory for UK Coal burtonmail.co.uk

    Coal mining will return to a former pit village in the heart of the National Forest — after campaigners lost their three-year battle to block a controversial opencast scheme. Phil Owen, from the Minorca Opencast Protest Group (MOPG), said he was ‘disappointed’ by the decision, but said the group’s efforts had not been in vain as they had led to a more satisfactory settlement from UK Coal than would otherwise have been offered, including £1.28 million for the restoration of the Ashby Canal. ...

  • The magician who can walk on water dailymail.co.uk

    Most magicians are capable of unbelievable feats, after all it's their stock in trade, but how many have unbelievable feet? Dynamo, whose real name is Steve Frayne, has showed some rather nifty feet as he walked on water for his latest jaw-dropping stunt. The Bradford-born illusionist, 28, made it half way across the stretch of the river in front of the Houses of Parliament in London before he was picked up by a River Police boat. ...


Friday 24 June

Official: The Waterways Trust joins new waterways charity

The Waterways Trust is to merge with the planned new waterways charity (NWC) in England & Wales when it is set up next year, it was announced today.

The Trust says this will ensure that the NWC can draw on its ‘enormous pool of experience and expertise, in disciplines ranging from engineering and conservation to marketing, fundraising, volunteering and education’. 

In Scotland, where the waterways will stay in public ownership, The Waterways Trust’s Scottish component will stay independent.

The Waterways Trust brings into the NWC its three key English waterways museums, in Gloucester, Ellesmere Port and Stoke Bruerne, along with their collections, and the National Waterways Archive, also under its custodianship. 

Incidentally, this news gives an interesting clue as to the likely name of the new body. It has already been said that the existing name of ‘British Waterways’ would have to disappear, or at least change. It now seems likely that the words 'waterways' and 'trust' could be included without confusion, when the NWC is launched next year.   

It is also likely to see Scottish nationalist pressure to rename the Scottish elements of both BW and the WT, to remove any 'English' influence. 

Tony Hales, who was last month appointed chairman designate of the NWC, said: “This is tremendous news and will ensure that a very large part of the country’s precious waterway heritage will be held in trust for the nation.  The joining together of NWC and The Waterways Trust will give the new waterways charity an enormous boost, not just by combining the physical structures and artefacts that make the waterways so unique, but through the collective knowledge and passion that each organisation’s staff and volunteers bring with them.” 

The current chairman of the Waterways Trust, Frances Done, added: “We are delighted to be able support the new waterways charity in this way.  Over the last 12 years we have learnt many lessons which will be important for the new charity.  We have also seen success in a number of key areas including fundraising, building partnerships and attracting and working with volunteers, and look forward to building on these as part of the new waterways charity.

“We are delighted also that the work of the Trust will continue in Scotland building on our considerable achievements and focussing on the needs of Scotland’s waterways.”

The exact nature of the merger will be worked out over the coming months.  The NWC is expected to launch in April 2012, or soon afterwards, and The Waterways Trust's existing fundraising and delivery work, and its role in building partnerships in England and Wales, will continue within the new charity.

Andrew Denny  | 1.57pm


Thursday 23 June

Today's news from the web

  • Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group 'delighted' with public response maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    Waterways pioneers have held their final public consultation on proposals to create a network of canals through Maidenhead. Local Maidenhead MP Theresa May dropped in to view the exhibitions at the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday and gave her support to the improvement scheme....

  • Authorities in ‘Olympic Boaters’ warning pla.co.uk

    Visiting recreational boaters could be barred from using their vessels as a base in London during the 2012 Olympics if they fail to book moorings in advance. Officials on the tidal Thames are concerned that large numbers of private craft could arrive for next year’s event with nowhere to go....

  • Dutch man builds modern-day replica of Noah's Ark catholic.org

    Wealthy Dutch builder Johan Huibers is almost done with his recreation of Noah's Ark. The ark sits in a shipyard and is identical in size to the one in the Book of Genesis, 300 cubits in length, and 30 cubits high, and 50 cubits wide. Huibers says he want to float the ark down the River Thames in advance of the 2012 Olympics....


Wednesday 22 June

Today's news from the web

  • Caen Hill Locks receives Transport Trust award bbc.co.uk

    The historic Caen Hill Locks in Devizes have been given an award by the Transport Trust. The popular Wiltshire tourist attraction received a Red Wheel plaque, which recognises transport sites of historical interest....

  • Water Fest lives up to its name getreading.co.uk

    A bit too much water and some technical difficulties failed to dampen spirits at an annual celebration of Reading's waterways. Heavy showers did not stop thousands of people attending Water Fest by the River Kennet on Saturday....

  • Discovery of head and arm in town waterway thisisgrimsby.co.uk

    Following the discovery of a head and arm in the River Ancholme, near Swaby Brook, Brigg, police say they do not "anticipate any further human remains being found", but will continue looking in the area....

  • Led Zeppelin-linked Thames boathouse for sale newburytoday.co.uk

    A River Thames boathouse with connections to legendary rock band Led Zeppelin has been put up for sale, for £1.1 million. Guitarist Jimmy Page paid £6,000 for the property in 1967, which had been a boathouse with wet dock and offices belonging to Hopps of Henley from the 19th century until its 1959 conversion into a residential dwelling. ...The basement, where the wet dock once existed, now hosts a fully heated indoor swimming pool....

  • Exhibition explores the history of Droitwich's canal network droitwichadvertiser.co.uk

    An exhibition on the history of Droitwich’s canal network and its restoration is being held at the town’s Heritage and Information Centre. The exhibition at St Richard’s House, Victoria Square, is running until July 9 and is being held to help celebrate the reopening of the barge and junction canals....


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