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Tuesday 24 August

Today's news from the web

  • Arrest after snake seen in canal in Stroud bbc.co.uk

    A 42-year-old man has been arrested after a snake was seen being thrown into a canal in Gloucestershire. ...

  • £3 million plan for derelict Hanley site thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    Fountains and a public square are to transform a derelict piece of land in a £3 million canalside development. Three water features will be created on the land between Pelham Street, Derby Street, Lichfield Street and Eastwood Road in Hanley. ...

  • Call to tidy up canal site thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    Calls to tidy up an important heritage site on the Trent and Mersey Canal have gone unanswered, it has been claimed. Butt Lane's Councillor Kyle Robinson says graffiti adorns walls along the canal in Kidsgrove and that a damaged bridge has been left in need of repairs for months. And he accused British Waterways, which is responsible for maintaining the UK's canal network, of neglecting the site....

  • Better Outlook for Rochdale Canal waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The outlook for boaters wanting to use the Rochdale Canal is looking even better this week after British Waterways announced a further relaxation of the restrictions that have been in place. Coinciding with the lifting of a hose-pipe ban in the area, BW is now taking bookings for passage over the Summit until the end of September. ...

  • Board members sought for Kennet & Avon Canal Waterway Partnership waterscape.com

    The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and British Waterways are asking local people and organisations to nominate interested individuals to become volunteer board members on a new local Waterway Partnership Board. ...

  • Electric boat moves to River Tone tauntonpeople.co.uk

    Taunton’s electric powered community trip boat made quite a splash today as it was finally launched onto to the River Tone by crane at Priory Bridge Road slipway. ...


Monday 23 August

Today's news from the web

  • £3.8 million upgrade for River Thames waterscape.com

    River users will benefit from new lock gates, better non-powered boat access and improved mooring facilities as a result of the works to be carried out on River Thames later in the year. ...

  • Waterways Trust appoints new vice president waterscape.com

    The Waterways Trust has announced the appointment of Miranda Krestovnikoff to the position of vice president. Miranda often appears as a specialist presenter on BBC’s One Show and Coast and has also featured as a guest presenter on Countryfile. Miranda’s fascination with aquatic life has also led her to work on television programmes such as Wreck Detectives and Water Warriors....

  • Boat owners on the River Medway in peril, warn Environment Agency kentonline.co.uk

    Boat-owners say they were minutes away from disaster when a computer-glitch opened a river sluice gate in the middle of the night and emptied the Medway of gallons of its water. The level of the river dropped five feet in 45 minutes after the automatically controlled gate in the middle of three sluices at Allington opened at around 12.30am on Friday, August 20. ...

  • New canal bridge moo-ves in banburycake.co.uk

    A FARMER and his herd of cows will now be able to go where ‘udders’ cannot follow after a £200,00 bridge was installed just for them. ...

  • Kirklees Council left red-faced over cycling leaflet | road.cc | The website for pedal powered people: Road cycling, com road.cc

    Perhaps the most spectacular revision was an email address for British Waterways, which appeared as enquiries.manic-depressive@brutalisation's.co.uk....

  • Fallen tree near Wootton Rivers traps boats on canal gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Boats heading along the Kennet and Avon Canal near Wootton Rivers on Sunday found their way blocked by a large tree that had toppled across the waterway, blocking it entirely. ...


Thursday 12 August

Today's news from the web

  • Business is down as Leeds & Liverpool canal closes cravenherald.co.uk

    The closure of the Leeds- Liverpool canal has had a severe effect on businesses in Craven. Since it took effect, trade has also dried up for many businesses whose livelihoods are dependent on tourists who hire canal boats....


Wednesday 11 August

Today's news from the web

  • Grantham Canal campaigners lose the Battle of Mann's Bridge meltontimes.co.uk

    Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight to make the Grantham Canal navigable again despite a public inquiry ruling going against them. Grantham Canal Society and Grantham Canal Partnership members wanted the Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond to amend A46 Newark to Widmerpool improvement plans due to fears about the impact on the through navigation and restoration of the canal....


Tuesday 10 August

Today's news from the web

  • Boat users being asked to conserve water newburytoday.co.uk

    Boat users on the Kennet and Avon Canal are being asked to conserve water because of lower water levels in the canal. British Waterways put up signs between Crofton and Froxfield asking boat users to wait for other boats before using locks. ...

  • BW statement on water situation waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The combined holdings of the other reservoirs that supply the summit of the canal are now 10.7%. (BW has previously said that the canal can only be re-opened once levels reach 20%.) ...


Monday 9 August

Today's news from the web

  • A shark in the canal? waterscape.com

    The shark has been designed to raise awareness of the hidden dangers that can lie beneath the water’s surface and to remind people to come and enjoy the canals but to stay out of the water....

  • Criticism of delays to fix Blackburn canal leak lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Work is finally set to begin to repair a leaking canal that has seen thousands of gallons of water spill on to a main road in Blackburn. ...

  • Skipton MP Julian Smith voices fears for firms reliant on waterway thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Mr Smith has written to the chief executive of British Waterways demanding to know what measures he has taken to minimise the impact of the closure on businesses. And he wants answers over what measures could be taken to mitigate the problems in future. He said: “In particular, there are concerns there has been a leak from the stretch of the canal which has been closed and that British Waterways has been aware of it but done nothing to mitigate it.” ...


Friday 6 August

Today's news from the web

  • River Thames set for £3.8 million upgrade environment-agency.gov.uk

    New lock gates, improved non-powered boat access and better mooring facilities are just some of the benefits river users will see from a £3.8 million upgrade for the River Thames later this year. ...


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