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Tuesday 5 October

Today's news from the web

  • Wartime bomb found in Royal Military Canal kentnews.co.uk

    An unexploded bomb thought to be from the Second World War has been discovered in Hythe’s Royal Military Canal. Police and bomb-disposal experts are at the scene at the Seabrook outfall at the end of the canal, not far the A259 coastal road, after the alarm was raised at about 11.15am today (Monday, October 4). It is thought it was uncovered while the Environment Agency was carrying out drainage work on the historic canal....

  • Volunteers clean up canal in Bramley waterscape.com

    This week, Leeds Metropolitan University staff, students and local residents will be working with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), British Waterways and Aire Action Leeds to improve the canal corridor in Bramley. The work will focus on an area near the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Wyther Lane, Bramley and will see a small park area rejuvenated and revitalised for everyone to enjoy....


Thursday 30 September

Today's news from the web

  • Annual Bedford Borough Rivercare cleans up the Great Ouse aboutmyarea.co.uk

    Bedoford Rivercare events of 2010 have seen 165 volunteers get involved to help clean the River Great Ouse. During 3 organised events they have cleared: * 171 bags of litter * 17 bicycles * 14 traffic cones * 10 shopping trolleys * 19 traffic and roadwork signs * 2 car batteries * 1 motorbike frame ... The final Rivercare event of 2010 took place near Aspects Leisure Park last weekend and saw volunteers coming together to clear the river between Aspects and Duckmill Weir. This followed events earlier this year in Queens Park and in the town centre....

  • Continuing cuts and departures at troubled Kennet and Avon trust kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    In the continuing battle to bring its finances back on an even keel the troubled Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has now made the manager of its Aldermaston Café and Visitor Centre redundant and the business will now be run by a commercial operator in what is described as a 'commercial partnership'. The K&A Canal Trust has made huge losses for the last five years and the board of Trustees were told by their Treasurer, Neil Lethby at a recent meeting that without drastic measures they would not break-even this year. They immediately made the post of General Manager part time and announced that they will not be replacing the café/shop manager and caretaker at Crofton. ...

  • Ban on catching eels in Lincolnshire waterways because of decline in numbers thisislincolnshire.co.uk

    Eels in Lincolnshire waterways are in such dire straits a close season is being imposed on anglers to protect them. It will be illegal to try to catch eels from tomorrow. The slippery creatures are currently migrating out to the coast on their way to the Sargasso Sea to spawn. The move comes after the number of young eels – called elvers – in rivers dropped by 70 per cent in recent years....

  • Man seriously burnt in canal boat blaze southwalesargus.co.uk

    Firefighters from Abergavenny were called to Oak Lane, near Llanellen, at midday yesterday after reports of a fire on four boats moored on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. A 72-year-old man from Pontypridd was taken to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, before being transferred Morriston Hospital in Swansea, to received treatment for his injuries, which police described as "potentially life-threatening." A Welsh Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the man had serious burns to his face, chest, hands and forearms. It is understood he had been working on his canal boat at the time of the incident. ...

  • Teacher takes on National Waterways Museum role ellesmereportpioneer.co.uk

    The National Waterways Museum's has appointed a new learning officer to enhance its offer to schools looking to use it as a day trip destination. Helen Evens, who took up the post at the end of August, will be taking charge of the museum's work with school children and other learners....


Wednesday 29 September

Today's news from the web

  • Broads Authority facing major funding cut edp24.co.uk

    The Broads Authority is facing a “huge challenge” because of a major cut in its main source of funding over the next four years. Staffing levels and services are both likely to be affected, said chief executive John Packman, after Defra warned the authority to plan for a 30pc cut in in its national park grant over the next four years. ...

  • Debrett's issues Code of Conduct to cyclists and other towpath users telegraph.co.uk

    Debrett's has told cyclists ring their bells to warn pedestrians rather than forcing them aside as part of a new etiquette guide issued to towpath users. Debrett's has told cyclists ring their bells to warn pedestrians rather than forcing them aside as part of a new etiquette guide issued to towpath users. Cyclists are advised to warn walkers of their approach by using 'two tings' Photo: ALAMY British Waterways, who maintain the nation's canals, approached the high-society expert after receiving complaints from irate pedestrians who claimed that speeding cyclists refuse to slow down as they commute to work causing crashes and collisions by previously peaceful canals. Now Debrett's, the modern authority on etiquette and taste, has launched a Code of Conduct for Commuters to remind cyclists that pedestrians always have right of way. ...


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. ...


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