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Friday 30 November

Today's news from the web

  • Help bring Big Lottery Funding to Banbury waterscape.com

    The first opportunity to help bring a slice of a £50 million Big Lottery Fund grant to Banbury starts this week - so everyone is encouraged to get online to support Sustrans’ Connect2, and transform walking and cycling in the south east. ...

  • Improvements to River Lee towpath waterscape.com

    British Waterways has started the second phase of improvement works on the River Lee Navigation in Hertfordshire. ...

  • Accessible future for Welsh waterways waterscape.com

    A promotional DVD, visitor leaflets and walking routes designed to help individuals of every age and mobility range access and enjoy Wales’ canals were launched at the National Assembly’s All Party Group on Waterways (APGW) on Tuesday 27 November 2007. ...


Thursday 29 November

Today's news from the web

  • Couple face battle to save their rare animal business kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk

    An Offchurch couple have taken the fight to save their alpaca and rare breed pig business to the government. Alan and Christine Lorentzen have appealed against a Warwick District Council ruling that they must remove the mooring for their houseboat, an area of raised decking and two caravans on a site they rent at Fosse Wharf....

  • Proposed Canal Will Just Be Dead Water swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    A new canal through the centre of Swindon would be £60m of "dead water" believes a long-serving councillor. ...

  • Swan Success For Yoker Firm eveningtimes.co.uk

    A firm has won the contract to create a "swan" bridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal at Clydebank shopping centre. The bridge will resemble a swan in flight....

  • Monkey Bridge to swing into place newburytoday.co.uk

    A CRUCIAL stage in the construction of New Monkey Bridge in Newbury is set to take place at midday today (Thursday). The new bridge to span the Kennet and Avon Canal, which is currently on site at Northcroft, will be lifted into its position about five metres away from the old bridge. ...

  • Canal comes back to life manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    Newly-restored historical footage provides a reminder of the important part played by the Ship Canal ports of Salford and Manchester during the golden age of British seafaring. ...


Wednesday 28 November

Today's news from the web

  • Move to transform site near Wheel news.bbc.co.uk

    Plans for a multi million pound regeneration project near the Falkirk Wheel have been announced. The aims to create a 60-berth marina, new housing and leisure space at Tamfourhill, east of the wheel....

  • Marina Plan Passed By Councillors burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Plans for a 90-berth marina have been given the initial go-ahead from councillors. Barden Mill in Barden Lane, Burnley, has applied to both Burnley and Pendle councils for permission to build a 90-berth marina....

  • Vote for a slice of £50m lottery cake for the borough rochdaleonline.co.uk

    Rochdale is just one of the schemes in the North West which would benefit from Sustrans winning the £50 million grant in the Big Lottery Fund contest. By improving the canal towpath and forming links from it to surrounding communities, this exciting project will remove barriers to walking and cycling posed by the M62....

  • Opening millions of years of history news.bbc.co.uk

    The chance to travel through millions of years of history, step into mines over 200 years old and use the world's first underground inclined lift - all possible if a Black Country site is lucky enough to receive a £50m lottery grant. ...

  • Restoration of Castle House Gardens scoop public TV vote and Lottery cash biglotteryfund.org.uk

    Castlefields Canal and River Park Association in Calne are the toast of the town today after winning an £68,600 slice of good cause cash from the Big Lottery Fund’s regional People’s Millions contest. The project won out over the Waterways Trust's bid to restore the walls of Brimscombe Port on the Cotswold Canals....

  • Houses plan rejected 10 years later halifaxcourier.co.uk

    A property developer has had plans to build 21 houses on hills high above the Rochdale Canal rejected 10 years after they were first approved. ...


Tuesday 27 November

Today's news from the web

  • Festival celebrates canal revamp expressandstar.com

    A major three-day festival will celebrate the completion of a multi-million project to breathe new life into Stourport Basins, it has been announced. ...

  • Eco-park to spearhead Falkirk regeneration guardian.co.uk

    The centrepiece of the Helix project, between Grangemouth and Falkirk, will be two 30-metre tall horse heads, the world's largest equine sculptures, which will act as a part of a working boatlift for Scotland's lowland canal network. ...

  • Residents declare war on canal rent lep.co.uk

    Angry residents living on the canalside in Shelley Road, Ashton, Preston, have hit out after British Waterways issued them with annual rent bills of up to £444 for transforming grot spots between their backyards and the canal into pretty gardens. ...

  • Online voting begins for The People's 50 Million lottery give-away publictechnology.net

    The biggest-ever Lottery grant decided by public vote has got underway as online voting begins in the Big Lottery Fund's 'The People's £50 Million’ contest which is giving people across the UK the chance to decide which big project will be awarded a Lottery grant of up to £50 million. ...


Monday 26 November

Is all publicity good publicity?

The Ashton Canal made a starring appearance in Coronation Street at the end of October.

But where the rest of TV is celebrating a waterway renaissance and airing property programmes about glamorous canalside flats, Corrie's canal remains a place of death and drownings. The plot is doubtless too byzantine to follow here, but the Manchester Evening News has a fair summary: "David drives his car into the canal at exactly the same spot where Richard Hillman tried to kill the entire Platt family. Meanwhile, in a nearby church, Sarah and Jason are in the middle of their marriage vows." According to a producer on the show, "I don't think we've done a more powerful hour of Coronation Street".

Fan website Corrieblog characterises the canal as "the Water of Death". They may have a point. Apart from the two episodes mentioned above, it cites Danny and Jamie fighting in the (surprisingly shallow) waterway; Steve and Vikram doing the same; Don Brennan driving a taxi into the water in another murder attempt; an "exploding canal boat"; Deirdre's husband being beaten to death; Angela Harris disposing of a murder weapon; and so on. As one poster drolly observes, "overall, not a place to be optimistic".

The location of this latest escapade was Portland Basin, the junction of the Ashton and Peak Forest - two BW-run canals. BW's staff newspaper reports that the filming took two days and "earned BW £5,000, money that will go back into the running of the canal network".

No-one would begrudge the cash-strapped BW a little extra income, of course. But is it worth it for such a negative portrayal of the canals - on what is, after all, Britain's most popular TV programme? To put the fee into context, the sponsorship deal for Coronation Street is worth an estimated £40,000 for each episode.

Richard Fairhurst  | 3.09pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • British Waterways introduces Customer Service Standards waterscape.com

    In a move to introduce measurable customer service standards, British Waterways is communicating its people, safety and performance standards to its staff with plans to implement safety standards before March 2008 and people and performance standards from April 2008. ...


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