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Friday 29 October

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  • £40k to be spent dredging Walsall Canal expressandstar.com

    Walsall Canal is to be dredged in a £40,000 scheme which enthusiasts say will bring the waterway back to life. Work to clear the canal bed, which flows through most parts of the borough, will begin within weeks and take two to three months. Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2010/10/29/40k-to-be-spent-dreudging-walsall-canal/#ixzz13n4gJ2Uj...

  • Historic Gravesend canal basin given official listing gravesendreporter.co.uk

    The canal basin, locks, and swing bridge area along Gordon Promenade East, Gravesend, has been listed Grade II by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt after consultation with English Heritage. Co-directors Chris Bentley and Keith Hunter are delighted - and surprised - because they do not even know who put them forward for the key designation. Part of the Thames and Medway Canal, the basin dates back to the 1800s ...

  • National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port could go free ellesmereportpioneer.co.uk

    The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has launched an ambitious plan that could see it become a free attraction. A host of improvements are being considered to enable the museum to play a pivotal role in waterfront developments by 2020. ...

  • Hodder's £200 million make-over for Wigan wins go-ahead bdonline.co.uk

    Wigan Borough Council has approved Hodder & Partners’ £200 million scheme to redevelop the town centre. Developer Maryland Securities is behind the scheme, drawn up four years ago, at a site in Eckersley, around Wigan pier. Called the Eckersley Urban Village, the proposal includes 300 homes, commercial and cultural facilities, along with a hotel, cafés and restaurants....

  • Hodder's Wigan redevelopment plans approved architectsjournal.co.uk

    Wigan Borough Council has approved a Hodder + Partners’ £200 million scheme to redevelop the town centre. The project, which is backed by Maryland Securities, will transform a 15-acre site in Eckersley, around Wigan pier. The work will include the creation of a new mixed-use urban village containing 300 homes, commercial and cultural facilities, a new hotel, cafés and restaurants. Maryland, which is based in Cheadle, said the 92,903m² site would maintain and respect the heritage of the Eckersley Mills area. ...

  • Floating Pennywort weed is 'threat' to River Trent news.bbc.co.uk

    Environmentalists say they are alarmed by the appearance of the North American 'Floating Pennywort' in parts of the River Trent in Staffordshire. The non-native plant can grow at an alarming rate, doubling its wet weight in just three days....

  • Canoeing centre in Glasgow's Pinkston canal basin makes a big city splash eveningtimes.co.uk

    A £2.2million water sports centre which will attract around 24,000 visitors a year will be built in Glasgow. The Glasgow Paddlesports Centre will provide a year-round base for the development of canoeing and kayaking. The centre will be built on the Forth and Clyde Canal at Pinkston Basin, opposite the Diageo plant at Port Dundas in north Glasgow. It is the brainchild of Glasgow City Council, British Waterways Scotland and waterside regeneration agency ISIS. ...


Wednesday 27 October

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  • Artist Alan Dun creates a sundial for canal anniversary news.bbc.co.uk

    A Bath artist is helping to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Kennet and Avon Canal with the creation of a new piece of artwork. Alan Dun has created a new working sundial which can be found on the canal towpath near the Horseshoe Walk end of the Widcombe Flight in Bath. Apprentice stone masons from City of Bath College are now making the stone plinth for the item. ...


Tuesday 26 October

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  • Thieves take balustrade stones from River Lune viaduct bbc.co.uk

    British Waterways are urging people to look out for distinctive balustrades stolen from an 18th Century landmark in Lancashire. Eight balustrade stones were stolen and 12 others removed from the historic Lune viaduct at Caton Road in Lancaster. The thieves took the ornamental stones from the bridge, designed by John Rennie, over the River Lune. ...

  • Angling: Trust looks the right group to fill breach yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    There would be a huge problem if the BWB is scrapped, the main one being who would take over its duties? There is considerable speculation it could be changed from a public corporation into a new civil society or even a charity. I have also heard rumours that the BWB and the Environment Agency could merge, while a further suggestion is to turn the lot over to the Angling Trust and let them run it. And the latter option, in my opinion, does make real sense...


Sunday 24 October

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  • News on the Anglian waterways visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    The Environment Agency has removed four nets designed to illegally catch eels from a river in Cambridgeshire during the first ever closed season. Officers were called to a location on the River Nene, just downstream of Peterborough, by an RSPB warden who spotted the fyke nets. Fyke nets are a bag-shaped net held open by hoops. They are linked together in long chains and are used to catch eels in rivers....

  • Motorist who drove along iced up canal has sentence put off dailyrecord.co.uk

    A motorist who nearly killed himself, his pal and a dog by trying to drive on a frozen canal has had his sentence put off after he was jailed for another matter. Andrew Nisbet, 25, passenger James Naismith, 22, and West Highland terrier Jimmy scrambled to safety after the ice cracked on the Union Canal and the car started to sink in January this year. ...

  • Tolls increase to pay for new bridge thurrockgazette.co.uk

    A new £1billion road crossing will be built across the River Thames using part of the money made from increased tolls at Dartford. Norman Hume, county councillor for highways and transport, also revealed yesterday the toll booths would be scrapped at Dartford by 2012 in favour of a payment scheme similar to London’s congestion charge. The Department for Transport has already said charges for cars will increase from the current £1.50 to £2 in 2011 and £2.50 in 2012. ...

  • Loves, The Glasshouse, Canal Square, Browning Street, Birmingham independent.co.uk

    For all I know, this might be a vibrant area by day, teeming with eager foodies. On a midweek night, however, the canalside site is dead, unpopulated and apparently terra incognita to local taxi drivers – my guest arrived panicky and late, having been told by his despairing cabbie that he only had a 50/50 chance of getting there....

  • Salvaged tug a treat for Nessie watchers news.scotsman.com

    A historic ice-breaking tug abandoned for years on an island beach is on its way back to its former home as part of ambitious restoration plans. Now a former Caledonian Canal lock keeper plans to return the 75ft-long tug to its former glory and put it back into service on the waterway. The 57-ton Scot II is the oldest remaining vessel on the Fort William-Inverness canal and is thought to be the oldest ice-breaking tug in Britain...


Saturday 23 October

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  • A working life: the lock keeper guardian.co.uk

    A lock keeper's job involves more than opening locks, such as checking on wildlife – and even preparing for the Olympics....


Thursday 21 October

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  • Boating couple beating the recession newburytoday.co.uk

    Annie and Phil Nicholls were hit hard by the downturn in the economy a few years ago. Annie, aged 57, lost her well-paid job as a systems analyst, and Phil, an HGV driver, was struggling to pick up full-time work. Unable to afford a house without saddling themselves with a large mortgage, they hit on the idea of life on the canal and bought themselves a narrowboat. It's a purchase they have never regretted. Phil said: "This boat has been a godsend, a life-saver. We would have been out on the streets otherwise." ...


Wednesday 20 October

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  • Families want former potbanks in Middleport demolished after arson attack thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    Families have called for a string of derelict factories next to their homes to be bulldozed after one was targeted in an arson attack. The fire broke out in a disused potbank in Pidduck Street, Middleport, on Saturday night. Flames spread from the first floor and tore through the roof of the two-storey building, which is among various empty properties beside the Trent and Mersey Canal....

  • Hundred help in River Chelmer clean-up chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk

    Volunteers lined the riverbanks in Chelmsford to take part in the autumn clean-up. More than 100 people did their bit for the environment last Saturday. The group of volunteers – which included children, local residents, councillors, Chelmsford Sea Cadets, Chelmsford Canoe Club, Chelmer Canal Trust and scuba divers from Orca Scuba Diving Academy – joined the council’s Neighbourhood Environmental Action Team to clear the stretch of the river from the Essex Record Office to Bunny Walk footpath. ...

  • Tragic canal girl was stabbed to death thestar.co.uk

    Pretty teenage mum Laura Wilson was stabbed to death, detectives have revealed, as four males arrested on suspicion of her murder were yesterday released on police bail. Laura, aged 17, mum to a four-month-old baby girl, was found dead in the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal on Tuesday. She had been reported missing by relatives last weekend....


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