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Wednesday 26 January

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  • £75,000 for Spalding Water Taxi and promoting town spaldingtoday.co.uk

    Tourism in Spalding is to be given a £75,000 boost with a major town centre advertising campaign and improvements to the water taxi. The town is to join forces with Springfields and the Red Lion Quarter to sell itself via a £50,000 television, radio and leaflet campaign to neighbouring counties. Spalding Water Taxi, which is owned by South Holland District Council and Broadgate Homes, will also benefit from £25,000 of improvements to move its moorings to a more secure spot on the river. ...

  • Plans revealed for Brimscombe port stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    More than 400 jobs could be created under plans revealed this week for a major re-development of Brimscombe port. The proposals, unveiled as part of the canal project, are for 214 flats, 25 houses, a business park, shops, restaurants and a hotel which could be completed by 2014. Plans have been in the pipeline since 2003 but stalled in 2008 when British Waterways pulled out of the canal development. Stroud District Council hopes to gain outline planning permission by March and will then look for a developer. ...

  • Conservation extension saves Froghall copper works chimney bbc.co.uk

    A conservation area has been extended by a council, halting the demolition of a disused industrial chimney. The owners of the old Bolton's Copper Works at Froghall in Staffordshire Moorlands said they wanted to pull down the 100m (328ft) chimney on Wednesday. But the district council decided on Tuesday to include it in Caldon Canal Conservation Area. A final decision about the chimney's future will follow a consultation, the council said. Owners Sterling Investments were unavailable for comment. ...


Tuesday 25 January

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  • Historic canal from Gravesend to Higham restoration nears completion gravesendreporter.co.uk

    Volunteers at the Thames and Medway Canal Association, founded in 1976, have worked tirelessly towards the restoration of the early 19th century waterway which runs from Mark Lane, Gravesend, to Higham. This month final touches to a one kilometre stretch are to be completed, with the installation of pumps and connection by electricty firm EDF allowing the canal to become operational. Water will then constantly feed the section via a nearby weir pond. ...

  • Henley on Thames - Shiplake lock voted best-kept on Thames henleystandard.co.uk

    Shiplake Lock has been named the best-kept lock on the Thames. The award comes after hundreds of river-users voted for the lock in the Environment Agency’s Thames Waterways Awards. Lock-keeper Geoff Horsnell, who has run the lock for the past 20 years, said he was delighted. “For Shiplake to be voted the best kept lock by users of the river is a great honour,” he said. “I really am very flattered. ...


Monday 24 January

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  • Floating Thames Promenade Design Wins Top Prize at Mayor’s Planning Awards freshbusinessthinking.com

    Plans to create a new mile long floating river walk along the north bank of the River Thames, connecting Blackfriars Bridge with the Tower of London have won the Mayor's Award for 'Planning Excellence' at the 2010 London Planning Awards. Designed by global architects and planners Gensler as part of the London 2012 celebrations, the 'London River Park' is a conceptual idea to provide a continuous floating pontoon to run parallel to the existing disjointed pathways and streets that currently connect this important stretch of river frontage bordering the City of London...

  • Disgrace of ‘dogs’ toilet’ - Letters - Todmorden News todmordennews.co.uk

    I recently started walking from the centre of Todmorden towards Hebden Bridge on the canal bank, and had only reached the Lidl car park when I came across the biggest dogs’ toilet I have ever seen. The canal bank has been used for what looks like a toilet for all the dogs in the town, there are piles of the stuff every few inches for about 200 yards, and then it starts to thin out. It appears that a lot of the dog owners in Todmorden have no thought for people who like to walk on the tow paths or for the appearance of the town. ...

  • Wiltshire volunteers for canal care gazetteandherald.co.uk

    British Waterways has appealed for volunteers to keep the Kennet and Avon Canal looking good as it struggles with shrinking budgets. The quango, shortly to reinvent itself as a charity, is launching a new volunteering scheme to find people prepared to give up a few hours a month to help maintain the 200-year-old waterway. Mark Stephens, British Waterways’ waterway manager, said: “The Kennet and Avon Canal is a beautiful stretch of waterway. Unfortunately, British Waterways has limited resources to be able to keep the canal looking good. “We hope that local people will join us to help with tasks such as cutting back overgrown vegetation so the towpath is kept clear, as well as painting lock gates and clearing litter from the canal.” ...

  • Next phase of Bristol's flood defence work to start bbc.co.uk

    The third phase of an £11m project to replace Bristol Harbour's flood defences is expected to start on Monday. This phase involves replacing the gates at Netham Lock, where boats from the River Avon can gain access to the floating harbour. Built in about 1809, the lock marks the end of the Feeder Canal. Back-up flood gates have already been installed at Junction Lock, and the swing bridge has been upgraded. ...


Thursday 20 January

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  • A trip on New York's Erie Canal latimes.com

    Reporting from the Erie Canal, N.Y. — "Now I know what's meant by 'steering committee,'" the lock tender said with a laugh as the water, rushing through the sluice gates of Erie Canal Lock 32, raised us to his level. Karin was at the tiller of Seneca, our 42-foot charter boat, and I had my hand on the controls of that loveliest of maneuvering cheats: the bow thruster, which effortlessly moved the bow to port or starboard. ...

  • Stourton boatman left 'immense' waterways legacy stourbridgenews.co.uk

    A leading boatbuilder from Stourton who created one of the most well-known canal boats in Britain has died. David Baugh, from Black Country Narrowboats, died aged 75 on January 8 after an eight-year battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He is best-known as the man who built Ragdoll, the boat featured in the hugely successful children’s TV series Rosie and Jim. ...

  • Rhine still blocked by German acid ship independent.co.uk

    A section of Germany's Rhine river remained closed to traffic Friday after a ship carrying nearly 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid capsized, as hopes faded for two men missing...

  • Dispute over third Thames bridge plans getwokingham.co.uk

    Conflicting plans have left neighbouring councils at loggerheads over the need for a third bridge over the River Thames. Wokingham Borough Council will approve an objection this week to the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy planning document, which states that an additional bridge is not needed and would have an adverse impact on the district. The absence of support for a third Thames bridge for the area is in conflict with Wokingham and Reading’s blueprints for future housing and transport development, according to Wokingham council. ...

  • Boat-building traineeships offered at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port ellesmereportpioneer.co.uk

    Boat building will be revived by a £126,000 project at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. The museum has launched Keeping History Afloat – Traditional Boat-Building Skills for the Future, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, to develop traditional boat-building and conservation skills ...

  • John Gould Award winner announced waterscape.com

    The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust has awarded its annual John Gould award to Richard Snook of the Hungerford Branch Committee for his commitment to the canal....

  • British Waterways announce special open day at Northgate Lock in Chester iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk

    British Waterways is inviting members of the public to a special open day in Chester to see at first hand what it takes to keep the 200-year-old waterways working. The open day is being held at Northgate Lock on the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester on Saturday, January 29 between 10am and 3pm. It will provide a unique glimpse into the working life of the waterway as visitors get to descend into one of the country’s deepest locks and learn how BW craftsmen will be installing refurbished lock gates into this scheduled ancient monument. ...


Wednesday 19 January

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  • Boat owners may face 25% fee rise to meet shortfall cambridge-news.co.uk

    Boat owners on the Cam could be charged an extra 25 per cent for using the river as authorities try to raise an extra £50,000 a year. The Conservators of the River Cam have already voted to charge non-powered craft like punts, rowing boats and canoes 5 per cent extra this year. And they are consulting powered boat users who live on and use the stretch of the river controlled by the authority on how much extra cash they should pay....


Tuesday 18 January

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  • Man fined for allowing dog to foul canal towpath lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    A Chorley man who failed to clean up after his dog fouled a public footpath has been fined by magistrates. Ian Davies, 47, of Woodville Road, Heath Charnock, pleaded guilty by letter to allowing his dog foul after failing to pay a fixed penalty notice. The court was told he was seen by two neighbourhood officers walking three dogs near the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, near Rawlinson Lane. A brown terrier-type dog which was about 10 yards behind Mr Davies when it fouled the footpath. The officers approached Mr Davies and gave him a fixed penalty notice. In mitigation Mr Davies said he hadn’t seen the dog foul and when told by the officers he pulled out a bag. Mr Davies was fined £75 and ordered to pay £200 costs plus a £15 victim surcharge. ...


Monday 17 January

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  • BW launches waterways charity naming survey surveymonkey.com

    Welcome Thank you for taking the time to complete this short survey. You may have heard a new waterways charity is being launched to look after the nation's waterways. We are conducting research to see what people think the charity should be called. The survey takes no more than five minutes to complete, simply follow the instructions on each page. All responses are anonymous and no information can be traced back to an individual. The survey will close at 5pm on Friday February 4th...


Saturday 15 January

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