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Tuesday 12 October

Today's news from the web

  • Revised 500-berth canal marina plan looking set to win approval yorkshirepost.co.uk

    Plans for a 500-berth marina on a canal in South Yorkshire are set to win approval from planners tomorrow after changes were made to the scheme to make it more wildlife-friendly. Developers Waystone Ltd submitted plans to Doncaster Council several months ago for a marina project on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal at Stainforth, north-east of the town centre....


Monday 11 October

Today's news from the web

  • Great Ouse Hermitage lock keeper retires after nearly 20 years visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    After 19.5 years service, as the Hermitage Lock Keeper, Les Griggs has retired from the Environment Agency....

  • British Waterways puts Kennet & Avon Canal lock cottage up for sale kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    British Waterways is selling Cobblers Lock House near Hungerford by auction. The cottage is alongside Cobblers lock on the K&A Canal and on the edge of Hungerford Marsh Nature Reserve....

  • Seamstresses take to the Thames bucksfreepress.co.uk

    The seven seas met the seven seamstresses as a group of Marlow-based women turned the River Thames into a sewing haven. Judy, Val, Tessa, Christine, Sarah Vanessa and Joy, from Lady Sew and Sew welcomed people on board the Maid of Fibre for an insight into the world of wool. The 60-foot narrow boat - dubbed a sanctuary for knitters - provides a unique sea-borne insight into world-wide yarns. ...


Friday 8 October

Today's news from the web

  • Thames 'super sewer' plans unveiled bbc.co.uk

    Detailed plans for a £3.6bn tunnel to stop raw sewage polluting the River Thames have been unveiled. The 20-mile (32km) Thames Tunnel would run from west to east London, broadly following the route of the river, collecting sewage discharge triggered by rainfall. ...

  • Teddington lifeboat crew rescue family trapped by high tide yourlocalguardian.co.uk

    The crew from Teddington lifeboat station rescued two adults and two children from a boat trapped at Teddington Weir. The four, including youngsters aged 10 and 11, got stuck after fishing on the River Thames during high tide and had to call for help. A three man crew – Helmsman Richard Hogg, Helmsman Andrew Butterfield and Crewman Angus Prentice – got the four off the boat and to safety, during the incident last month. ...

  • Fears for future of Birmingham canals as British Waterways axed birminghampost.net

    Birmingham’s canal network faces falling into ruin after the Government announced that British Waterways is to be scrapped, a heritage group has warned. British Waterways is one of 123 quangos which is going to be axed as part of Whitehall cuts that were leaked last week. It is responsible for maintaining Birmingham’s 35 miles of canals and the sprawling network of waterways in the Black Country....

  • Museum loses out to big fish goolecourier.co.uk

    The Yorkshire Waterways Museum was a finalist in the White Rose Awards, the winners from which were announced at a ceremony in Harrogate on Monday. There were 16 categories with 90 finalists battling it out for the coveted awards which are organised by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire. The Waterways Museum, which is sited on the Dutch Riverside, was a finalist in the Access for All category. ...

  • Ratho 'canal village' developers hope images will float your boat news.scotsman.com

    The first images were today unveiled showing how the Ratho area will be transformed into a thriving "canal village"City leaders are working with British Waterways Scotland and private developers to transform Edinburgh's 16 kilometres of canal. Housebuilder Cala has revealed how it will create a new marina for boats to stop off during canal trips between Falkirk High and Edinburgh Quay as part of its £50 million development. It will feature up to 30 public berths and changing facilities for boaters....

  • Mixed reaction to WaterSpace plan daventrytoday.co.uk

    Daventry District Council (DDC) showcased its plans on a market stall in the town’s High Street on Friday in the first of three public exhibitions. The WaterSpace project will see a Daventry canal arm built linking the town centre to the Grand Union Canal. The development, which would be built on the Eastern Way Playing Fields and the pitch and putt course in Ashby Road, will also include a new youth centre, more leisure facilities and a restaurant....

  • In search of the Lancashire U-boat commander guardian.co.uk

    The bizarre surfacing of a German U-boat on the Leeds and Liverpool canal is the talk of the towpath. Helen Carter goes in search of its elusive owner....


Thursday 7 October

Today's news from the web

  • Lotto boost to Dudley canal project dudleynews.co.uk

    Plans for an £3.5m innovative learning and access hub at Dudley Canal Trust are set to steam ahead following lottery cash. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the Trust £118,000 allowing bosses to progress with the second stage of the lottery fund process and make plans a reality. ...

  • Liverpool’s canal link named UK’s best new public space maghullstar.co.uk

    Liverpool's stunning new waterfront canal link has been named the UK’s best new public space. Running past the Three Graces and the new Museum of Liverpool, it connects the Leeds-Liverpool canal with the Mersey docks. The £22m feature was given the award by the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA), which represents architects, and the Government’s building design advisor, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)....


Wednesday 6 October

Today's news from the web

  • War weekend goes with a bang waterscape.com

    The canal village of Stoke Bruerne resounded to the sound of mortar and gunfire over the weekend for a repeat of its now annual World War II re-enactment staged by The Friends of The Canal Museum. The colourful 40s event was opened on Saturday morning by local MP Andrea Leadsom accompanied by Churchill (aka canal personality Ken Roseblade) and Field Marshall Montgomery (Alan Oliver)....


Tuesday 5 October

Today's news from the web

  • Hop-on hop-off waterbus for Olympic Park visitors bbc.co.uk

    A hop-on hop-off waterbus serving the Olympic Park in east London will be launched by the spring, British Waterways has said. The service will operate on the River Lee between Limehouse Basin, passing through Three Mills, and Old Ford Lock outside the park's entrance. The bid to operate 10 waterbuses on the route was won by Water Chariots group....

  • Final problem preventing Droitwich canal completion is resolved droitwichadvertiser.co.uk

    The final obstacle preventing the completion of the town’s £12million canal redevelopment project has now been overcome. Wychavon District Council has now secured an area of land in the St George’s Square area of town that was responsible for holding up work to reconnect the Barge and Junction Canals, a navigation that has been abandoned since 1939. Land owners Sunbury Engineering and Droitwich Garage have now donated part of the site to the council so that the project can go ahead. British Waterways hope to start work during the week commencing October 18 to convert the stretch of the River Salwarpe along Hanbury Road into the final link of the canal. ...

  • Waterways elder statesman dies kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    Tony Mason, National Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs and President of Pewsey Wharf Boat Club on the Kennet & Avon Canal, died on 18 September. His funeral took place at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon on 29 September. Kay Wardle of Pewsey Wharf Boat Club said, "Tony joined PWBC soon after it was in formed in 1972 — when the Long Pound was a muddy ditch. He was always very active in the club and he held a number of senior committee posts. He will be sorely missed."...

  • BW launch Winter Moorings for 2010 https:

    The Winter Mooring period will now run for five months, from 1st November to 31st March, rather than six, giving boaters extra time to cruise the system before moving to their allocated winter mooring. 50% of visitor moorings will still be available for the use of boaters who prefer to cruise throughout the winter months. We ask that boaters with Winter Mooring permits moor as far from the facilites as possible to allow visiting boaters easy access to the facilities....

  • Environment Agency plan major flooding exercise to test emergency response in England and Wales environment-agency.gov.uk

    A large-scale emergency flood exercise will take place across England and Wales to test national and regional responses to severe flooding from rivers, the sea, reservoirs, groundwater and surface water. Exercise Watermark will bring together government bodies, big business, and local communities to trial responses to a range of scenarios which could occur during a flood emergency....

  • 100 children celebrate new canal attraction in Falkirk waterscape.com

    One hundred local schoolchildren launched a paper boat on The Falkirk Wheel last wednesday to celebrate the forthcoming start of construction on a mini canal and outdoor classroom at the world’s only rotating boatlift. Work on the £320,000 project which has been developed by British Waterways Scotland and The Waterways Trust Scotland with main funding contribution from Avondale Environmental through the Landfill Communities Fund and additional support from The Veolia Environmental Trust (also through the Landfill Communities Fund), will start in October. It is anticipated that the official opening will take place in April 2011. The 30 metre long mini canal, which will be situated adjacent to the basin at The Falkirk Wheel, will take a playful and educational look at how communities around the world source and move water....


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