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Monday 10 March

"Ceci n'est pas un pub"

A news report in the North Scotland Press & Journal shows a curious, and slightly worrying, take on the British Waterways/Scottish & Newcastle "Waterside Pub Partnership".

The Caley Inn is a canalside pub, owned by BW, beside the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. According to a local pub review site, it was an unreconstructed local of the sort that was once so common on the canals. urbarred.com's reviewer says: "I ventured in here once and there were two fishermen dressed as if they'd come straight out of The Perfect Storm.... For very old men who drink ales."

It is now up for sale by Scottish & Newcastle, according to a report in the Press & Journal. The best offer over £100,000 secures.

But - and here's the catch - if you buy it, S&N won't let you run it as a pub. As the "Scottish" half of their name might suggest, they already have several (non-canalside) pubs in the area, and they don't want the competition. According to the Press & Journal, they hope someone will take it on as a restaurant instead.

To recap: Scottish & Newcastle enters into joint venture with BW; they close a canalside pub; they then sell the property on, but forbid anyone from reopening it as a pub. One fewer pub on the waterways.

Of course, the Caledonian is a long way from most WW readers and it might all seem rather remote - but what if the same happened at one of the other Waterside Pub Partnership locations, such as the Shroppie Fly in Audlem or the Three Locks at Soulbury?

Some happier pub news: we understand that the former BW office at Lapworth, by the junction of the Stratford and Grand Union canals, is set to be turned into a pub. Lapworth is already supplied with good pubs (the Navigation is a particular favourite of mine!) and it will be interesting to see how plans develop.

Richard Fairhurst  | 9.51am | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Bridge work 'harming trade' surreyad.co.uk

    Repairs to a Basingstoke Canal bridge are causing damage to local businesses because they are losing passing trade, shop owners have claimed. ...


Friday 7 March

Today's news from the web

  • Locks come off new canal centre linlithgowgazette.co.uk

    A CLASS of pupils and adult helpers from Linlithgow Bridge Primary School were the first to be taught about their canal heritage at Linlithgow Union Canal Society's new education centre. ...

  • Finishing touches to £100m plan wigantoday.net

    Industrial units, apartments, a large hotel and canal marina – together creating hundreds of jobs – are in the blueprint for Eckersley Mills. ...

  • Forum On Bridgewater Way thisischeshire.co.uk

    It is hoped that the full length of the Bridgewater Canal towpath can be improved by 2011 - the canal's 250th anniversary. ...


Thursday 6 March

Today's news from the web

  • Canal festival on stormy waters hemeltoday.co.uk

    Fears that the Tring Canal Festival could be cancelled or moved out of the town have been washed away. ...

  • New centre set to bloom garstangcourier.co.uk

    The 80-berth canal marina, off the Lancaster canal which borders the site, will open in May. ...

  • All Hands To Pump On The Canal gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Volunteers who helped save the Kennet and Avon Canal are once again working on the waterway. ...


Wednesday 5 March

2009 National venue chosen

An imaginative choice for next year's IWA National Festival has been announced - Redhill on the River Soar.

On one of Britain's most attractive (but under cruised) rivers, and with plenty of restorations nearby to provide the campaigning element, it could be an inspired choice of location - and it's near some of Britain's biggest marinas (Sawley and Willington), so could attract high attendance. But watch out for queues at Kegworth Deep Lock!

More details in April's WW.

Richard Fairhurst  | 1.42pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Bid to protect canal wildlife ripleyandheanornews.co.uk

    Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has joined forces with the Friends of the Cromford Canal to protect the industrial and natural heritage of one of the Trust's nature reserves. ...

  • Sewage pumped into River Lee? tottenhamjournal.co.uk

    A DISGUSTED resident has spoken out against the "vile smell" and pools of raw sewage she claimed is pumped through a Haringey waterway. ...

  • Yobs Warned Over Canal Vandalism blackburncitizen.co.uk

    Yobs have been ripping stones from a canal wall to break ice on a stretch of a Blackburn waterway. ...

  • New Bridge Is Put In Place As Canal Rebirth Continues eveningtimes.co.uk

    The central span of a new footbridge - shaped like the bow of a ship - has been lowered into place across the Forth and Clyde Canal. ...

  • Development plans for trips through Standedge Tunnel waterscape.com

    Boatowners wanting to travel through the Standedge Tunnel on their way up or down the Huddersfield Narrow Canal may soon be able to take advantage of a more efficient service which almost halves the current travelling time. ...


Tuesday 4 March

Today's news from the web

  • Barge Up In Flames thisischeshire.co.uk

    A FAMILY has been left homeless after a fire ripped through their barge at the weekend. ...

  • Purple patch for canal as 60ft boat is launched edinburghnews.scotsman.com

    It'S 60-foot long, bright purple, weighs over 12 tonnes and was today seen floating in Edinburgh's Union Canal. ...

  • Wey & Arun Canal wins grant waterscape.com

    The Wey & Arun Canal Trust are delighted to announce that their successful bid for a Biffaward has been granted. ...

  • Canal Will Turn Site Into A Water World thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    These new images - obtained exclusively by the Telegraph & Argus - show stunning plans for the redevelopment of a famous canalside mill complex. ...

  • £50bn plan for a super port manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    At the Eastern Gateway in Manchester, at the other end of the Manchester Ship Canal, Peel has submitted plans for a multi-modal transport interchange near Eccles. ...


Monday 3 March

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