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Friday 28 May

Today's news from the web

  • River cruiser's trip to Dunkirk getreading.co.uk

    Passenger boat the Devon Belle left the River Thames at Caversham for foreign shores to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation. The boat, owned by Tim Deaton of Thames River Cruise, set off from Ramsgate yesterday along with around 60 other boats and ships to make the crossing. ...

  • Canals reopen after blaze halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Calderdale has escaped huge river pollution after a massive chemical blaze. But an area from Cooper Bridge, near Brighouse, out towards the North Sea could suffer long-term damage to fish stocks and wildlife. ...

  • Warwickshire villagers campaigning against marina plans birminghampost.net

    Battlelines have been drawn over plans for a £1 million marina development in the Warwickshire countryside. ...

  • Public given chance to comment on ambitious canal plans wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    A public consultation on proposals to restore the Wilts and Berks Canal and create a new link with the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham is under way. ...

  • Horseshoe Falls welcomes public back waterscape.com

    A quirky piece of North Wales waterways heritage on the Llangollen Canal is set to receive visitors again by popular demand – just weeks after people flocked to its first ever public opening. The historic valve house controls waterflow between the River Dee and Llangollen Canal at Horseshoe Falls. Yet despite having stood as silent guardian over the scene for over 60 years, its interior remained a mystery to local people and visitors alike until its first public airing in May this year. ...

  • Thames due to reopen after rapid repairs witneygazette.co.uk

    Boaters are expected to be able to resume journeys down the River Thames on Saturday after engineers worked round the clock to repair broken lock gates. ...

  • Becket's Park marina - work begins visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    Northampton's Becket's Park marina continues to take shape this week as construction of the moorings begins. ...


Wednesday 26 May

Today's news from the web

  • Call for 'right to roam' to help recession-hit towns news.bbc.co.uk

    Demos wants the "right to roam" - introduced 10 years ago to open up the UK countryside - to be extended to towns and cities. British Waterways, which manages docks, rivers and canals, is backing the call....

  • Row, row, row my boat? Not for much longer . . . northamptonchron.co.uk

    A pensioner has accused the developers of the Becket's Park marina of "trying to wipe out recreational rowing in the town" after being evicted from the boathouse. ...


Tuesday 25 May

Today's news from the web

  • Perfect weather for Moira Canal Festival burtonmail.co.uk

    Hundreds of people enjoyed the blistering early summer heat in Moira over the weekend to celebrate the 10th birthday of the village’s popular canal festival. ...

  • 'Imbeciles' condemned for vandalism at Three Rise Locks, Bingley thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Vandals have been condemned for daubing political graffiti at the canalside in Bingley, in protest at the change of Government. ...

  • Salford port scheme given go-ahead englandsnorthwest.com

    A new scheme that will see a £400 million port constructed in Salford has been given the go-ahead. The facility, which will provide five container berths for cargo ships, is likely to create as many as 2,000 jobs and will reduce the amount of freight on the northwest's roads by doubling traffic on the Manchester Ship Canal. ...


Thursday 20 May

Today's news from the web

  • Bradford to host exhibition to mark canal's 200th year thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    An exhibition on the history of the Kennet and Avon Canal will take place in Bradford on Avon next weekend as part of the canal’s 200th anniversary celebrations. ...

  • Action call after Tewkesbury cygnets die thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    The death of five cygnets has led to calls for action at a Tewkesbury beauty spot. Residents say a safety net should be installed at the weir on the River Avon, by the Abbey Mill. ...

  • Architecture gong for Liverpool Canal Link liverpooldailypost.co.uk

    Riba remarked on how the giant steps down to the canal meant the area was like an amphitheatre “turning the waterway into a kind of stage”. ...


Wednesday 19 May

Today's news from the web

  • Caen Hill lock gates move to Glastonbury waterscape.com

    Sets of old lock gates, including several from the famous Caen Hill Flight of Locks, on the Kennet & Avon Canal, will be given a new lease of life at Glastonbury this year. ...

  • Clean-up campaign on Snow Hill canals birminghammail.net

    Some 170 volunteers from HFC Bank will be boarding a British Waterways boat along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal after adopting a stretch of the water in the city centre. ...

  • Steel barriers at Loxwood to be replaced midhurstandpetworth.co.uk

    The Wey and Arun Canal Trust installed the barriers in 2008 after completing a major £1.8m project to take the canal under the B2133 in the centre of Loxwood. The trust said it was ordered by West Sussex County Council to put in the 1.8-metre railings to make the bridge safe for horse riders crossing over it. But the appearance of the barriers, which cost £13,500, incensed village people. They said they were unsightly, made the village look like a prison, and were a blot on the landscape. ...


Tuesday 18 May

Today's news from the web

  • Richard Benyon confirmed as new Waterway Minister waterscape.com

    Growing up in Reading, Richard Benyon attended the Royal Agricultural College. He is a riparian landowner and farmer on the Kennet & Avon Canal, and a former soldier and founder of the charity Help for Heroes....

  • BW's works programme reflects boater feedback waterscape.com

    While approximately half of boaters (49%) think the upkeep of the waterways is good or excellent, a third of boaters (32%) think that the upkeep of the waterways is just OK whilst 17% think it is below standard....


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