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Monday 28 March

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  • End of the road for a key project worcesternews.co.uk

    More than three decades of community-led campaigning will come to fruition this summer with the official opening of Droitwich’s newly restored canal....

  • Castle Mill Stream safety project helps boaters oxfordmail.co.uk

    Work was completed yesterday on controversial safety work on an Oxford waterway. The £90,000 project on the Castle Mill Stream, near Isis Lock in the city centre was started in November. But while the work has been welcomed as positive by some, critics have described it as unnecessary. British Waterways has teamed up with the Environment Agency on a number of changes in the area, which included a new landing platform. Yesterday a series of booms were stretched out to stop boats from getting swept downstream towards the weir....


Friday 25 March

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  • Bristol Docks auctions dozens of abandoned boats thisisbristol.co.uk

    Dozens of boats which have been abandoned in Bristol's docks are set to be sold at auction. Among the vessels left moored in the Floating Harbour include a 41ft-long narrow boat, a 26ft-long sailing yacht and a wooden cabin cruiser. Bristol City Council will put the boats up for sale unless their owners collect them within the next seven days. ...


Thursday 24 March

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  • Call to postpone [Cotswold] canal project to save services hit by cuts in Wotton gazetteseries.co.uk

    Postpone the multi-million pound canal project to save local services, that is the plea being made by residents of Wotton-under-Edge. At the Annual Parish Assembly residents and town councillors voted to write to Stroud District Council to request the authority defer the £33 million canal restoration project, of which over £25 million is external funding, to put money back into communities hit by the cuts. Town mayor Dr John Cordwell said almost everyone at the meeting agreed that the canal would not have any benefits for Wotton and the money would be better spent helping the town through the Government cuts....

  • Shut bridge hits butcher keighleynews.co.uk

    A Riddlesden trader is furious after a bridge which gives many people access to his premises was shut without warning. Ian Hewitt, who owns the butcher’s shop in Bar Lane, said he arrived for work on Monday morning to find the Bar Lane bridge over the Leeds-Liverpool Canal had suddenly been closed. Cars and pedestrians were instead using the Granby Lane bridge. A spokesman for British Waterways apologised, but said the swing bridge’s motor needed urgent repairs. Mr Hewitt argued this fault had not been an emergency, so businesses and residents should have been given some advance notice....

  • Blow-up barrier plan to stop Leeds floods yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    Two deflatable weirs on the River Aire, which could be lowered at times of heavy rainfall, form the centrepiece of a radical plan to prevent a devastating flood in Leeds. The Environment Agency is examining a £10m proposal to transform the weirs at Knostrop in Cross Green and Crown Point Bridge in Hunslet into moveable flood barriers. The flood risk facing Leeds is exacerbated by a series of weirs along the River Aire, which keep the river’s water level artificially high to allow easier navigation by boats. ...


Wednesday 23 March

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  • Docklands cable cars given green light wharf.co.uk

    The go-ahead has been given to the planned Thames Cable Car linking Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks. The Greater London Authority gave final permission for the scheme which will carry up to 2,500 passengers an hour between The O2 arena and Excel....

  • Ellesmere Port waterfront vision unveiled attractionsmanagement.com

    A partnership including Peel Land and Property; the Waterways Trust; and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWCC) has unveiled its new vision for Ellesmere Port's waterfront. The consortium is working alongside the Ellesmere Port Development Board to regenerate the area and to promote it as a destination for residents, tourists and visitors. Plans for the waterfront include improving the existing Docks Conservation Area, which is to bring new activity to "underutilised and an often under-appreciated" asset. At the heart of the conservation area is the National Waterways Museum, with the planned improvements designed to open up access and enhance public space....


Monday 21 March

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  • New IWA North Riding branch launched yorkpress.co.uk

    A new branch of the Inland Waterways Association has been set up as a guardian of waterways in North and East Yorkshire. The North Riding Branch, which is the first new branch to be set up in ten years, will cover waterways from Goole in the east, Ripon in the west and north as far as Newcastle. ...

  • K& A Canal Trust Devizes HQ shock thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has to move out of the canal centre on Devizes Wharf or face repairs amounting to £500,000. The Wharf Centre, thought to be 200 years old, houses the trust museum and shop but has been suffering structural problems for some time. ...


Thursday 17 March

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  • Whitton man fined £327 for using boat without a license on the Thames richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

    A boater caught using his boat on the River Thames without a valid registration has been fined £327. Gavin Harwood, 34, of Gosling Road, Whitton, was slapped with the fine after Environment Agency lock and weir Keeper Peter McLellan spotted the boat, named Quadrille Lady, without a valid registration at Teddington lock last October....


Thursday 10 March

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  • Love struck swans reunited after roadside fight shropshirestar.com

    Two love-struck swans from a Shropshire canal who were separated, sparking a bird fight in the middle of a county street, have been reunited and allowed back into the water. Albert and Mildred, residents of Newport canal, were separated after she was taken to Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire for treatment on her foot. Albert, pining for his partner, went all over Newport looking for her and, in a case of mistaken identity, cosied up to another female swan, Sarah, at Cheney Hill island in the town. This sparked a feud between Albert and Sarah’s partner Louis, and the pair ended up fighting on the B5062 into Edgmond on February 25. ...

  • Houseboaters being 'socially cleansed' from Olympics area guardian.co.uk

    Houseboat residents near the Olympic development site in east London are accusing British Waterways of an attempt at "social cleansing". They say proposed changes to rules for living on the canals before the 2012 Games could force hundreds of people from their water-based homes....

  • Warning to anglers after pylon danger signs stolen from Coventry Canal coventrytelegraph.net

    A warning has been issued to anglers after pylon danger signs were stolen from the Coventry Canal. British Waterways says 20 signposts have disappeared from the banks of the canal between Coventry and Nuneaton in the past week. The red triangular signs warn of overhead power lines which can deliver a fatal electric shock if touched by metal or carbon fibre fishing rods. ...


Wednesday 9 March

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  • Pooh Sticks contest ready to return oxfordmail.co.uk

    Organisers of the World Pooh Sticks Championships are confident this year’s competition will go ahead after last year’s event was cancelled because of bad weather. They are expecting 2,000 people from all over the world to descend on Days Lock, Little Wittenham, near Didcot, for the contest on Sunday, March 27. Last year’s event had to be cancelled because of Environment Agency fears over health and safety after high water levels after rain made the River Thames dangerous. The agency put up red flags on a stretch of the river from Radcot Lock to Hurley Lock, meaning organisers were unable to get their safety boats to the lock. The boats are needed in case people leaning over to drop their sticks fall in the water....

  • Nantwich Road closed for two hours due to lorry blocked by canal bridge middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Nantwich Road was blocked for more than two hours on Thursday when a lorry got trapped at the low canal bridge. Police had to close the road at around 3.30pm to assist as the HGV driver struggled to turn his vehicle around. Residents say that incidents like this happen frequently because many lorry drivers either ignore or do not see the warning signs which state that the bridge has an 11ft 6in height limit....


Monday 7 March

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  • Sludge from dredged Stroudwater canal enough to fill swimming pool stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    Nearly enough sludge and rubbish to fill an Olympic swimming pool has been dredged from a-mile-and-a-half stretch of the Stroudwater Canal. Bicycles, traffic cones and supermarket trolleys have been some of the items pulled out of the canal between The Ocean at Stonehouse and Ryeford Double Lock by dredging company Land and Water on behalf of Stroud District Council. A spokesman from the council, Dave Marshall, said: " We were not surprised by the amount of rubbish we have collected." Mr Marshall said that they were only skimming the surface, because modern boats require less depth to pass through, so they were only dredging the top layer of silt. ...

  • Newbury canal hydro project comes under scrutiny newburytoday.co.uk

    Plans to kickstart a hydroelectric facility in the [Kennet & Avon] canal near Victoria Park, Newbury, as part of a ‘Big Society’ community project came under scrutiny at a public meeting on Monday. Mark Knight, of Kiln Road, Newbury, got the idea to construct a hydroelectric facility in the Kennet and Avon Canal that would generate electricity to feed into the national grid following discussions on the Newburytoday.co.uk forum, and he called a public meeting that was held at the town council offices in Market Place. ...

  • Corrie bosses concerned over squawking birds entertainment.stv.tv

    Coronation Street bosses are said to be concerned that filming on the new Weatherfield set could be disrupted by the noise of "screeching" water fowl. The famous cobbled street is set to be relocated to new purpose-built studios at Trafford Wharf in Salford Quays. However, the waterways close to the new set are home to hundreds of ducks, geese, swans and gulls....

  • Historic Thameside moorings sold at Henley henleystandard.co.uk

    An historic set of moorings on the River Thames at Henley has been sold for the first time in its long history. This rare opportunity to purchase a length of moorings on one of England’s most famous stretches of river generated interest from a broad cross-section of potential purchasers, some with existing interests in the water-based leisure market, while others were of local or regional origin, who recognised its scarcity value and potential for business growth. The 28 moorings, which have a frontage to the River Thames of approximately 90 metres (290 ft), occupy a prime position on Thames Side, close to Henley town centre and a stone’s throw from the town’s historic five-arched bridge, a focal point for the annual Royal Regatta and Festival of Music and Arts. ...


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