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Monday 13 June

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  • Enchanted Tagg's Island on the River Thames telegraph.co.uk

    Ben Fogle marvels at Tagg's Island, a hidden gem near Hampton Court that remains a haven of peace close to the big city...

  • Measham Council in opposition to Ashby Canal Association over opencast coal plan burtonmail.co.uk

    A parish council is to reinforce its opposition to a controversial opencast mine scheme—despite some of its own members speaking favourably about the plan. The council voted to send Councillor Brown to speak at the meeting to outline its decision, taken in November 2009, to oppose the scheme. That came after fellow member Glenys Banton had spoken out in favour of UK Coal’s plans and the company’s offer of £2million cash towards extending the restoration of the Ashby Canal to Measham....

  • A network of canals is needed to carry water from the wet North to the dry South, writes Boris Johnson telegraph.co.uk

    A network of canals is needed to carry water from the wet North to the dry South, writes Boris Johnson. "Professor Roger Falconer, of Cardiff University will tell you that [the experts] are blinkered and wrong. He has been looking at all sorts of proposals for improving our current network of canals so as to integrate them into the water supply. He talks of linking up Welsh mountain reservoirs via the Wye and the Severn with the Thames, or of sending the water from the Severn and the Trent round to East Anglia – for many years the driest part of the country. I believe we might go even further, and retrieve J F Pownall's magnificent 1942 plan for a Grand Contour Canal, which would follow the 310 ft contour of the hills all the way from the Scottish borders to the South East....


Saturday 11 June

Today's news from the web

  • Police plea after walker struck with a hammer on Llangollen Canal shropshirestar.com

    A woman suffered head injuries after she was the victim of an unprovoked hammer attack as she walked along a canal towpath near Oswestry, police said. Officers said the victim was attacked by another woman as she walked along the towpath at Hindford on Tuesday. She had just left the Jack Mytton pub on the canal and was walking along the towpath at about 9.10pm when she passed her female attacker going in the opposite direction, police said. ...


Friday 10 June

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  • Floating Cinema on Lee Navigation close to launch designweek.co.uk

    Back in December, we reported on the Floating Cinema due to take to the debris-strewn waterways of East London. Now, finally, the good ship is gearing up for her maiden voyage; having announced a brilliant programme of events coupled with some stunning design work. Created by Hackney-based architects Studio Weave and artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie), The Floating Cinema will host screenings, canal tours and Open Thursdays with rare films selected especially by Somewhere. The Floating Cinema is a continuation of UP Projects’ Portavilion programme of temporary pavilion commissions, this time for the waterways of east London....

  • Drought declared in East Anglia, with other parts on brink guardian.co.uk

    Parts of East Anglia are officially in a state of drought, according to the English environment department Defra and the Environment Agency. Areas in the south-west, south-east, the Midlands and Wales are experiencing near-drought conditions following the driest spring on record in south-east and central southern England. Overall, England and Wales are at their driest since 1990. Widespread hosepipe bans are unlikely, although Severn Trent Water has said it is considering "every option". Farmers face restrictions on drawing water from water courses and rivers to protect wildlife....

  • Website of the Week: www.waterscape.com - Mail Online dailymail.co.uk

    Strengths: The detail on the main canals and rivers. I'm looking at the coverage of the lovely Kennet and Avon Canal. As well as offering me an excellent, downloadable overview guide, I can pore over lots of detailed walking and cycling routes, with everything from distances to ice-cream stops spelt out, and contacts for boat hire are given. You can find out what waterways are near to you by clicking on "in your area", and then the county you live in. ...

  • Speeding cyclists on Regent’s Canal towpath: ‘Someone will end up in canal’ islingtontribune.com

    Leading figures from two of Islington’s most influential campaigning groups intervened on the side of walkers this week in the row over towpath cycling. Gillian Comins, an Angel Association committee member, and Ian Shacklock, chairman of the Friends of Regent’s Canal, called on British Waterways to take action before someone “ends up in the canal”. Ms Comins, 78, said she now avoids walking along the towpath close to her home at City Road Basin at commuter times for fear of being hit by a speeding cyclist....

  • Leisure hopes slipping away at Sheffield canal basin sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk

    Attempts to find a food and drink operator to help attract visitors to Victoria Quays, the old canal basin on the edge of Sheffield city centre, look like being abandoned after 15 years. Ground floors of former terminal and grain warehouses near Park Square roundabout have remained empty, despite extensive marketing as a restaurant or bar. Now council permission is likely to be granted for offices. Property agents say food and drink operators are deterred by a location too far from leisure circuits, a lack of convenient parking and traffic on Exchange Street being too much of a barrier....

  • Death wish for canal travellers townsvillebulletin.com.au

    ...Should you fall in, there's a 90 per cent chance you'll die. And falling in is a real possibility because to operate the lock and actually go anywhere, you have to walk across the top of it, on a little beam 30cm wide. And slippery. You're also provided with a big metal handle to wind the sluice gates open and shut. Sometimes they slip, too, and smash your teeth. Or your brain. You never see a workplace health and safety officer on a canal. They all fell in years ago. It could be worse, I suppose. I could be on the Titanic. Perhaps I am. Next year I'll choose a road train....


Thursday 9 June

Today's news from the web

  • All-party Parliamentary Waterways Group discuss new waterways charity financing waterways.org.uk

    The All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group met again on the 8 June at the House of Commons. Giving evidence to the inquiry on behalf of IWA, Clive Henderson briefed the assembled MPs on the history of the funding gap and built the case based on information in the public domain, that the amount of funding currently on the table amounted at best to a £15 million shortfall and possibly as much as £45 million. He then went on to detail that these figures didn’t seem to include an un-quantified dredging deficit amounting to 291kms of waterway, that might according to a freedom of information request lodged by IWA, with British Waterways, amount to anything between £23 million to £245 million....

  • Marlow gears up for Regatta bucksfreepress.co.uk

    Marlow's social showpiece occasion – the town Regatta – is almost here, with a new music bonanza kicking off the weekend's events tomorrow. The battle of the bands will bring a new dimension to the weekend of celebrations as the banks of the River Thames are braced to burst yet again with regatta revellers. The Marlow Town Regatta and Festival gives Marlovians a reason to catch up, come home and enjoy the sociable surrounds their town has to offer....


Wednesday 8 June

Today's news from the web

  • Peel begins consulation on £500m River Mersey port expansion plan liverpooldailypost.co.uk

    Peel Ports today launches a public consultation about its potentially controversial £500m plans to expand its River Mersey dock operations. The Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal owner is inviting all stakeholders from the city and the wider region to comment on the economic and environmental impact of its plans to develop new facilities. ...

  • Car driver's body found in canal after collision near Chester crewechronicle.co.uk

    A 60-year-old man has been found dead in the canal near Marbury. A passer-by made the discovery at 9am on Friday and alerted the police. Officers discovered the man’s vehicle, an N-registered Ford Fiesta, on the A49 at Quiosley Bridge adjacent to the Shropshire Union canal. The car appeared to have collided with a telegraph pole....

  • Plans revealed for navigable waterway in Maidenhead maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    A public consultation has been launched on multi-million pound plans to create a navigable waterway around Maidenhead's town centre. Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group (MWRG) has spent the last four years working on the scheme and is now just weeks away from submitting a planning application. The charitable trust's aim is to create a two kilometre 'ring' of water around the town which can be used by small boats and canoeists. It is expected to reduce flood risk and make the area more attractive to developers....

  • Cotswold Canals Trust reaches 6,000-member milestone cotswoldcanals.com

    Joe Cooper and his Nederlands born partner Ineke Tijsma from Stroud recently became family members of the Cotswold Canals Trust. This brings the membership count to 6000. The couple recently moved from London and now live in Lodgemore Close, Stroud. They are expecting their first child in July. Joe works for Ad Hoc Property Management in Bristol. Joe explained, "We came down from London because of work. We love Stroud and especially enjoy walking the canal"....


Sunday 5 June

Today's news from the web

  • Travel expert Christian Wolmar steps into the Regent’s Canal towpath row islingtontribune.com

    Holloway man Christian Wolmar urged cyclists riding along the Regent’s Canal in Islington to slow down as they approach walkers. He also suggested signs be installed reminding cyclists to ring their bell when they overtake people on foot. At the same time Mr Wolmar said he was not in favour of a ban on cyclists from the towpath and added that walkers must not assume they are the only ones with the right to be there....

  • Body pulled from [Llangollen] Shropshire Union Canal shropshirestar.com

    A body has been pulled from the Shropshire Union Canal on the north Shropshire border, police said today. The body of the man, who was in his 60s but has not yet been named, was discovered yesterday [Friday] morning north of Whitchurch. Police were called to reports of a body in the water between Willeymoor Lock and Quoisley Bridge, where the A49 crosses the canal, at about 9am....

  • Forgotten Croydon waterway marks [200th anniversary] milestone croydonguardian.co.uk

    History buffs celebrated the 200th anniversary of Croydon’s canal, which became a financial disaster. In 1799 it was decided Croydon needed a canal to link the growing town to London. The waterway was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1801, but it took two further Acts in 1808 and 1811 to raise the funds to complete the work. Even so, the canal was a financial failure and it closed after 27 years, when the £100 shares decreased in value until they were worth just two shillings in 1830....

  • Historic Lindsay and Keppel narrowboats handed over to volunteers thisisstaffordshire.co.uk

    Two historic boats have been handed oven to volunteers at Etruria Industrial Museum to restore. The narrowboats, named Lindsay and Keppel, used to ferry clay china and other materials from Weston Point Docks at Runcorn to Stoke-on-Trent; then return with the completed pottery or transport coal from Sideways Colliery to Middlewich. The boats will now be restored by volunteers and used as an educational resource at the museum....


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