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Friday 24 September

Today's news from the web

  • Proposed change of status for British Waterways waterscape.com

    Media reports that British Waterways is one of the public bodies facing the axe as part of next month’s Government spending review are part of the inevitable speculation that happens before such reviews. The Coalition Government has already declared its interest in changing British Waterways’ from a public corporation into a new civil society, or charitable, body, as stated by waterway minister Richard Benyon MP earlier this year. The move, which has been promoted by British Waterways since May 2009, has cross-party and stakeholder support. British Waterways is confident that the Westminster Government will take these proposals forward as a real example of Big Society in practice and we anticipate an announcement as early as next month....

  • Man pleads guilty over mile-long journey on frozen canal news.scotsman.com

    A motorist who drove for more than a mile along a frozen canal before crashing through the ice has pleaded guilty to culpable and reckless criminal conduct. Andrew Nisbet, 25, admitted driving on to the Union Canal at the B9080 at Bridgend, West Lothian, on 11 January this year when he appeared on indictment at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday. He managed to travel on the frozen surface as far as Winchburgh before the ice gave way and his car plunged into the water. ...

  • Dudley Canal clear-up volunteers to be honoured expressandstar.com

    The army of volunteers who cleared rubbish from a Black Country canal 40 years ago will be celebrated at an event this weekend. Their efforts marked the beginning of a new lease of life for the canal which was reopened to through-traffic after years of neglect. During a weekend in 1970, more than 300 volunteers took part in the Dudley Dig using shovels to shift junk from the Dudley No 1 Canal at Parkhead Locks. They cleared rubbish, including a mini van, tyres, sheets of metal and rubble, from two lock pounds and one lock chamber at the site. Volunteers filled hundreds of wheelbarrows of rubbish which were loaded on to dumper trucks before being taken to the tip. The work marked the beginning of the restoration of the canal which was reopened to through-traffic in 1973 after many years of lying derelict. A display of around 50 old photographs will be on show at an open weekend hosted by Dudley Canal Trust this Saturday and Sunday at Blowers Green Pumphouse, Peartree Lane, Dudley, between 10am and 5pm. They will be displayed on the 1935 working narrowboat Sagitta which is owned by the trust....


Thursday 23 September

Today's news from the web

  • Charity rowing challenge on the Nene visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    Dan Reid, from St John Ambulance boat Crusader, will be attempting a challenge to row the River Nene. Dan will be starting the row at first light on Friday 24th September. Starting from the head of navigation just upstream of South Bridge at the junction with the West Bridge Arm, and completing the challenge when he reasches the Dog-in-a-Doublet. The aim of the challenge is: * To raise funds for St John Ambulance. * To publicise the River Nene ahead of next years celebrations. * To gather the final pieces of information for the ‘Search and Rescue Plan' for the non-tidal navigation. The Search and Rescue Plan is mandatory for passenger boats and is circulated to the emergency services who may be needed to come to the aid of the boat and will also be used by them to help the boating public if they get into difficulty....

  • Purton Hulks taken over by British Waterways bbc.co.uk

    A ships graveyard on the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire has been taken over by British Waterways. The site, known as the Purton Hulks, previously had no formal owner and the vessels have been subject to vandalism. The Friends of Purton have been campaigning for it to be properly protected for 12 years. They said they were "overjoyed" that British Waterways, which looks after 2,200 miles of canals and rivers, has become the owner. ...

  • Leeds-Liverpool Canal's final section reopened bbc.co.uk

    The final section of the Lancashire stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, which was closed to save water, has reopened. Boats have been allowed through the 20-mile section from Barrowford to Gargrave for the first time since it was closed on 2 August....


Wednesday 22 September

Today's news from the web

  • Chance to vote for your favourite river getreading.co.uk

    People in Berkshire are being invited to take part in a survey of waterways to find the best loved and the long forgotten rivers in England and Wales. The Our Rivers survey has been launched by The Our Rivers campaign set up by conservation groups the RSPB, WWF-UK, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association. The campaign is asking people to vote on rivers they think are either in pristine condition and teeming with native wildlife or plagued by pollution and ruined by water abstraction....


Monday 20 September

Today's news from the web

  • Bath policemen in night time river rescue nominated for bravery award kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    Two Bath policeman who saved the life of a man who got into difficulties after he jumped into the River Avon off Pulteney Bridge in Bath have been nominated for Royal Humane Society bravery awards. In a dramatic rescue in the early hours of Saturday 4th September, PC Jon Bevan and Sgt Clive Summerill managed to swim across to the man, who was clearly in trouble and bobbing under the water, and they pulled him to safety. Within an hour of this man being saved, three more young men jumped into the river near the weir. ...

  • Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway story continues visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    Almost 40 representatives of community organisations experienced a canal-side view of the potential benefits which the planned B&MK Waterway could deliver to these towns and central Bedfordshire during three narrowboat cruises along a section of the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes this week (Weds 15th September). James Griffin, managing director of Wyvern Shipping, had volunteered his boat Ocean Princess for the afternoon so that guests from special interest and community groups could get a waterside perspective of how a canal can enhance environmental, economic and recreational possibilities for a locality. Just as last year, demand was such that an extra cruise had to be scheduled. Among the invited guests were the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Alan Richards, and Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Richards; Milton Keynes councillors; teachers and academics from Milton Keynes, University Centre Milton Keynes and University of Bedfordshire; representatives from Milton Keynes Parks Trust; British Waterways; Bedford Group of the Internal Drainage Boards; Ramblers' Association; as well as businesses and professionals with a special interest in the planned waterway....

  • Mr Jobsworth will not make it easy to live on house boat mortgagestrategy.co.uk

    ... I have looked into what living in a house boat entails and unsurprisingly, it isn’t that straightforward. I thought you could buy a boat and a map of the canals and that would be that. But no. As in every other walk of life Mr Jobsworth has got there first. To own a house boat that you want to use as permanent living accommodation you need a house boat licence which can only be issued by the British Waterways Board. Suppose you don’t want to live in one place and fancy touring around? Well then Mr Jobsworth says you have to have a pleasure boat licence and even then you aren’t permitted to stay in one place for more than 14 days. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so simple and wherever you stay house boat owners have to pay Council Tax or a relevant proportion thereof dependant on how long they remain in one place. ... But que sera sera - life on the canal would be different and maybe I could start an alternative career surveying house boats. They can’t be that much different to houses and as far as I am aware there isn’t such a thing as a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors boat buyer’s report so maybe I’ve identified a gap in the market. Better watch out for rising damp though, that could be a problem....

  • Wool champions host canal boat show warringtonguardian.co.uk

    A couple are on a mission to revive the once thriving wool cargoes that were transported through Cheshire by canal. Colin and Carole Wareing are mooring their boat Patty Ann in Lymm next Thursday, September 23, to highlight their project. The Lancashire couple’s boat will be open from 10am to 5pm to allow visitors to browse around and have a look at the wool on the boat. The couple came up with the idea after talks with fellow boaters who felt that there was a need for a service bringing wool to knitters by canal. ...

  • Reedley holiday firm fires parting shot at canal bosses thisislancashire.co.uk

    A narrowboat holiday firm is to close down at the end of the season — because the owners fear the canal could be forced to close again. Nigel Feeney, the owner of the family-run Rosewood Narrow Boats, also criticised the 'absolutely filthy' state of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, saying parts were 'like a rubbish tip'. ...

  • Hundreds visit Stourport basins during heritage weekend kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    Hundreds of visitors came to Stourport canal basins during a heritage weekend. During the event, visitors were treated to a coracle display in the lower canal basin by David Struckett, who has built his own coracle. Visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about the growth of Stourport as a canal port and town at the two heritage rooms on site and to explore Scorpio, a British Waterways historic working canal boat. ...

  • Dad died of heart attack after Avoncliff canal fall wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    A former Royal Marine from Trowbridge died of a heart attack after falling into the Kennet and Avon Canal near Avoncliff, an inquest heard on Tuesday. John Macfarlane, 65, of Francis Street, was cycling home from the Cross Guns pub at about 10pm on March 22, having been drinking since 3pm. His body was found floating face down in the canal the following day by a cyclist travelling to work, and was identified by canal boat owner Anthony Sewell, a friend moored nearby. ...

  • Canal cycle bridge plans in Woking unveiled bbc.co.uk

    Plans for a cycle and pedestrian canal bridge in Woking have been unveiled. If planning permission is granted, the structure would span the Basingstoke Canal alongside the existing Hermitage Bridge for motorists. The plan has been put forward by Cycle Woking, a partnership between Surrey and Woking councils to promote two-wheeled transport. ...


Friday 17 September

Today's news from the web

  • Hapton boating firm boss 'relieved' as canal reopens lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Boating firm bosses have spoken of their relief after being able to return to East Lancashire. A number of companies had to relocate when the Leed Liverpool canal was shut by British Waterways at the beginning of August after drought conditions left reservoirs at record low levels. ...


Thursday 16 September

Today's news from the web

  • Kennet & Avon Canal Trust cash crisis kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    Cash strapped Trust makes General Manager part time, cuts staff and launches a new fundraising drive in a desperate bid to balance the books. At a K&A Canal Trust Council meeting last week the departure of the chairman who had been in post for less than nine months was announced — and Treasurer, Neil Lethby, told Trustees that extreme measures must be taken to try to reverse the Trust's deepening financial crisis. For the past five successive years the Trust has made huge financial losses — and the forecast is that without drastic measures it will not break-even this year....

  • Starving weevils bring canal clean-up rethink yorkshirepost.co.uk

    Waterways workers yesterday launched a second attempt to clean up a South Yorkshire canal after their first effort, which aimed to use weed-eating weevils, had to be abandoned. British Waterways had planned to release the tiny organisms into the Dearne and Dove canal in Swinton, near Rotherham, after reports that it was clogged with an invasive fern-like weed. But when officers arrived last week, they found that they were not faced with the South American Azolla plant but a carpet of duckweed, which the weevils would have been unable to digest. They then had to launch an urgent transfer operation to release the creatures into an Azolla-affected canal in Huddersfield before they died and then redraw their plans for Swinton....

  • Leeds-Liverpool canal to re-open after drought bbc.co.uk

    The Lancashire stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which was closed to save water in the summer's drought, is set to re-open. A 60-mile length of the 127-mile canal was closed to boats from Wigan in Greater Manchester, to Gargrave in North Yorkshire on 2 August. The stretch between Barrowford and Wigan will re-open on Friday. The remaining 20-mile section from Barrowford to Gargrave will re-open next Wednesday....

  • Canoeing the waterways maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    The third annual canoe convoy organised by the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group (MWRG) was held on Saturday. Rowers travelled from Green Lane to the River Thames at Bray Marina. The cavalcade included an inflatable kayak and 100-year-old Canadian canoe floating along the recently cleared Bray Cut on Saturday. Waterways group chairman Richard Davenport, said: "It was great to see young and old enjoying the lower waterway, ahead of the long-term plans to restore and enlarge the town centre sections."...


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