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Tuesday 28 September

Today's news from the web

  • New seven ton footbridge for the Aylesbury Arm waterscape.com

    British Waterways has been awarded a grant of £12,000 from Dacorum Borough Council towards a £32,000 project to restore pedestrian access across the Aylesbury Arm on the Grand Union Canal at Wilstone. British Waterways' maintenance team has removed the old wooden bridge known as Wilstone Footbridge (bridge number four) from the canal and will today start the process of craning the new bridge into position. The new bridge is 10 metres long and weighs seven tons. It is a replica of the old bridge which was a familiar feature on this stretch of the canal....

  • Man severely burnt in Llanellen canal boat blaze freepressseries.co.uk

    A man suffered serious burns today in a fire involving three canal boats. The 40-year-old man was taken to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny with burns to his chest, face, hands and forearms. His injuries were so severe he was later transferred to a specialist burns unit at Morriston hospital in Swansea. ...

  • Driffield Canal houseboat owners defeat East Riding Council eviction bid thisishullandeastriding.co.uk

    A couple have won the right to "grow old gracefully" in their floating home. Houseboat owners Dennis Norris and his partner Andrea Gayton faced being thrown off their moorings. Today, they are celebrating after winning their appeal against East Riding Council's eviction order. The council said they were living on their boat without planning consent on Driffield Canal at Hempholme, near Brandesburton. Mr Norris, 41, said: "It is brilliant news and we still can't believe the inspector has upheld our appeal....


Monday 27 September

Today's news from the web

  • Event swimmers brave Salford Quays water bbc.co.uk

    About 2,000 swimmers braved the cold waters of the Manchester ship canal for the inaugural Great Salford Swim. Some of the world's leading open water swimmers - as well as members of the public - took part in the one mile race around Salford Quays. With the temperature falling below 15C, wetsuits were compulsory for the event on Sunday....

  • Canal trust set for Bradford on Avon lock clean-up thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Weeds, litter and overgrown vegetation at Bradford on Avon lock have prompted the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust to call for volunteers for a clean-up. The lock is one of the busiest in the country for boat traffic, and underwent a £308,000 refurbishment in 2005 with money from the trust British Waterways’ ‘Make a Difference’ fund. The trust intends the clean-up to be the start of a wider campaign to get volunteers tidying the canal and its 215 bridges, with the aim of obtaining cruiseway status. ...

  • Insight on lost Wilts and Berks Canal thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Never-before seen images are revealed in a new book about a forgotten canal that once linked Chippenham and Calne. Wilts and Berks Canal Revisited offers a glimpse into the history of the waterway, which was abandoned a century ago, with photographs of England’s bridge in the 1890s and Deep Cutting Bridge in the 1960s. The 128-page paperback contains 180 images and chairman of the Melksham, Chippenham and Calne branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Rob Jones is delighted with the content....

  • Flotilla will celebrate Union Canalwaterway’s 10th year heraldscotland.com

    A stunning array of more than 60 modern and historic craft will journey along the Union Canal from Edinburgh Quay to the Falkirk Wheel this weekend in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its reopening. Vessels in the flotilla named Union 10 – brought together by a raft of canal societies, charities and social enterprises – will include traditional narrowboats, former fishing boats and old Edwardian steam launches. The Ratho Princess – built in 1923 – will be the oldest in the flotilla fleet making the trip along the 32-mile, 200-year-old waterway. ...

  • Council set to push ahead with £500m regen vision between Shipley and Bradford thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Bradford Council is set to press ahead with ambitious regeneration plans by setting up a public-private company to develop a £500 million ‘eco-settlement’. The Council’s Executive will be asked to agree to the formation of a Joint Venture Company (JVCo) to develop a huge area of land between Bradford and Shipley. The project will be the central section of a wider scheme along the Canal Road Corridor. Detailed plans for the first homes are scheduled to be completed by the start of 2012 and development should begin before 2013. A business plan will go before the Executive which sets out the terms of the joint venture between Bradford Council and development firm Urbo Regeneration Ltd. ...

  • Body of man (42) pulled out of Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Nelson pendletoday.co.uk

    Police recovered the body of a 42-year-old man from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Nelson after he was reported missing from home. Police divers brought the victim out of the water after it was spotted under the surface. There are no suspicious circumstances. He has been named as Arpad Bilko, a 42-year-old Slovakian national living in Napier Street, Nelson....


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. ...


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