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Saturday 20 November

Today's news from the web

  • 'Mad' driver faces £16,000 bill over car on canal stunt scotsman.com

    A 'mad' driver who crashed his car through ice after driving along a frozen canal has been slammed for putting the lives of firefighters at risk and could now face a huge bill. Police described the incident as "utter madness" at the time, while Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service called it "a very reckless act". Andrew Nisbet, 25, is now facing financial ruin as a result of the crazy stunt, as British Waterways Board has sued him for the £16,000 it cost to hire a crane to recover his Peugeot from the icy water....

  • Reedley Marina expansion plan burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Reedley Marina could almost double in capacity after plans were submitted for a major extension. The 90-berth marina opened in 2008 and has become a big attraction for narrowboats. Bosses said it had been such a success that more capacity was needed, and now a ‘second phase’ of the scheme has been unveiled. It would see a new 76-berth marina built on vacant land next to the current site on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. ...

  • Toll rises ‘could drive boaters off Norfolk Broads’ edp24.co.uk

    A leading member of the Broads boating lobby has warned that toll rises being proposed could drive more boat owners off the waterways. However, Broads Authority chief executive John Packman defended the planned 5pc average rise, saying that in tough economic times the authority was “doing its best to keep tolls down while maintaining the current level of services to boaters”. And he stressed that all revenue from tolls would be strictly ring-fenced for dredging, waterways maintenance and patrols. ...

  • Marinas plan could float new era of tourism menmedia.co.uk

    Two marinas could be built in Rochdale as part of a plan to boost tourism in the town over the next 15 years. Planning chiefs have earmarked Littleborough and Castleton as the two most likely locations to construct the marinas alongside Rochdale Canal. It comes as the council released its Local Development Framework (LDF) document which details how the authority hopes to develop the borough over the next 15 years. ...


Friday 19 November

Today's news from the web

  • Homeless man plunges into icy Thames to save woman from drowning - and gets his clothes stolen thisislondon.co.uk

    A homeless man risked his life to stop a young woman drowning in the bitterly cold Thames at night — then had his clothes and tea flask stolen from the river bank where he had left them. Adan Abobaker, 37, told today of the dramatic rescue but shrugged off praise for his heroism, saying: “I only did what needed to be done.” The chef heard a passer-by screaming for help as he walked near Blackfriars Bridge on Tuesday night. “There was a woman about 20 feet away in the middle of the river,” he said. “I grabbed a life ring but it wouldn't reach so I took off my jacket and jumper, dived in and swam as fast as I could. ...


Thursday 18 November

Today's news from the web

  • Canal used to tackle warehouse blaze in Lancashire bbc.co.uk

    More than 80 firefighters have been tackling a blaze that has destroyed a warehouse on an industrial estate in Lancashire. Crews pumped water from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to control the fire which broke out on New Lane, Burscough at 2000 GMT on Tuesday. Twelve nearby homes and the Farmers Arms pub were evacuated overnight. ...


Wednesday 17 November

Today's news from the web

  • Investigation launched after dog is found dead in canal thisiswalsallonline.co.uk

    A dog was left to rot in a Great Barr canal for more than two days. A passer-by alerted the RSPCA on Sunday, November 7, after they spotted the animal in the Tame Valley Canal, off Chatsworth Avenue. Now RSPCA inspectors have launched an investigation to establish how, and why, the dog ended up in the canal. Officers say they know the dog was called Ben, as it still had a name collar on, and that the animal had been well-cared for when it was alive. ...

  • Dog rescued from Lowsonford canal coventrytelegraph.net

    A dog has been rescued from a canal in Lowsonford. The hound cross was wedged behind a lock ladder in a canal, Lapworth Street, Lowsonford, last Thursday, at about 11am. Luckily, RSPCA animal welfare officer, Jane Fuller, and trainee Ade Langley, were nearby and rescued the dog. Read More http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2010/11/12/dog-rescued-from-lowsonford-canal-92746-27646323/#ixzz15WwRjrfb...


Tuesday 16 November

Today's news from the web

  • Rochdale College students clean up the canal rochdaleonline.co.uk

    Students from Hopwood Hall College have taken part in a volunteer day at Rochdale canal. The students are currently studying at the College’s Middleton campus on the ‘Progressions’ course, which is a course which helps learners to build up their skills to enable them to progress in their chosen area/career. They were involved in clearing the tow paths near to lock 64, not far from the Middleton Campus of the College. Trees were trimmed and undergrowth cut back, some students got to grips with the build up of moss on the old cobbles near the lock gate. ...

  • British Waterways issues statement about Isis Lock waterscape.com

    The recent installation of a lock landing stage at Isis Lock has been carried out by British Waterways to protect the waterway wall from damage by boat impact and improve safety. The landing stage was constructed and installed with Environment Agency consent, and in consultation with local boaters....

  • Pupils’ tribute to victims of canal tragedy eveningtimes.co.uk

    School pupils marked the 200th anniversary of a disaster that killed 85 people, more than half of them children. The Paisley Canal Disaster of November 10, 1810 happened a week after a horse drawn 4mph barge service was launched between Paisley and Johnstone. The tragedy happened when the Countess Of Eglinton barge capsized yards from its Paisley landing stage. It had been packed with holidaying mill workers, who had been given a day off for the Martinmass Fair. On the day 115 people were rescued from the freezing water, but 85 died, 59 of them aged under 20, with many of those children between the ages of nine and 14. Although the canal basin was only 6ft deep, it had steep sides and few people could swim. Only 10 people managed to get out....

  • Open Days planned as Stroudwater Canal comes to life stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    Work on the new Upper Mills Bridge over the Stroudwater canal at Stonehouse is now well underway, with completion on schedule for Christmas. The project will see the existing swing bridge replaced with a new fixed bridge, leading from the A419 into the Upper Mills Industrial Estate. Led by Stroud District Council and funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this restoration project will mean the canal channel is unobstructed between Ocean Bridge at Stonehouse and Ryeford Double Lock. ...

  • British Waterways looks to reduce office space and cut costs waterscape.com

    British Waterways has today announced its intention of combining its Watford and Milton Keynes offices, and not renewing the future lease on its Paddington office in an ongoing effort to cut costs. Over the next two to four years, the leases on the three offices will come to an end, giving the company the chance to consider future options for its employees and the move towards the third sector. British Waterways estimates the change will save the company up to £1million each year...

  • From the Archives: When canals were venue for death birminghammail.net

    Birmingham has famously more miles of canal than Venice. Today, the canal network is a big pull in the leisure industry with boaters travelling the waterways. But more than 125 years ago the story was totally different. Then, the city was at the hub of a national canal network congested with barges transporting goods around the country. It also proved to be a suitable point for suicide and murder......


Saturday 13 November

Today's news from the web

  • British Waterways: Scotland: 11 Nov 2010: Written answers and statements theyworkforyou.com

    Richard Benyon: When British Waterways in England and Wales becomes a charitable body, its non-operational property portfolio will transfer to the new body. The Scottish Executive has decided that British Waterways Scotland will remain in the public sector and use the existing legal structure to exercise its functions solely in relation to Scotland. Scottish assets will continue to be managed by British Waterways Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Executive. We will be discussing with the Scottish Executive and British Waterways other issues relating to assets....

  • Sell-out crowd enjoys first SW Herts Narrowboat Project concert in Abbots Langley watfordobserver.co.uk

    The first in a series of winter acoustic concerts held in partnership with the South West Herts Narrowboat Project has taken place. In front of a sell-out audience at Abbots Langley Community Centre, the season began with a canal themed performance entitled “Where the Working Boats Went”, by Bedfordshire duo “Life and Times” - Barry Goodman and Graeme Meek. Based on canal facts and stories, the piece included songs all presented as a dialogue between two boatmen, and illustrated by old photographs of the canals. ...

  • New towpath on the River Lee waterscape.com

    Improvement works to upgrade a section of towpath along the River Lee Navigation started in July this year. The work was part funded with a grant of £250,000 from the London Borough of Hackney. As well as up-grading 150 metres of towpath, DDA compliant access ramps have been installed near the Kingshead footbridge and the river bank walls were repaired with the addition of special areas created within the new brick work to provide permanent nesting sites for rare birds, such as sand martins, known to visit this area of London. ...

  • Hundreds ask council for £200,000 to turn Cromford Canal into tourist draw thisisderbyshire.co.uk

    Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for a stretch of a Derbyshire waterway to be cleaned up so it can be used by tourists and school children. Friends of Cromford Canal has more than 650 signatures from people urging Derbyshire County Council to help foot the estimated £200,000 bill for dredging of the three-quarters-of-a-mile stretch. Chairman of the group Patrick Morriss said the charity wanted to use the canal to run a horse-drawn boat during school holidays. At other times the boat would be used as a "floating classroom" for school parties ...


Friday 12 November

Webchat with British Waterways' Tony Hales and Simon Salem

On Thursday 11th November we hosted a live online debate with Tony Hales, chairman of British Waterways, and marketing director Simon Salem about BW's plans to become a charity - now officially endorsed by Government and set to take effect in April 2012. You can replay the debate here. Thanks to everyone who took part.


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Today's news from the web

  • Mother and daughter rescued from River Kennet bog kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    The Chiltern Air Support Unit were there overseeing the rescue and there is a link to their film of the rescue below. A mother and daughter were rescued after getting into difficulty in a bog beside the River Kennet while walking their dog at the weekend. They were walking near the river close to Rose Kiln Lane in Reading when the mother fell over in the mud. Her daughter went to help her and rapidly began to sink. She was up to her chest in the mud with her mother lying next to her when the emergency services got to them after they were located by the police helicopter....


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