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Monday 9 March

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  • Peterborough boater fined for unlicensed boat peterboroughtoday.co.uk

    A Peterborough narrowboat owner who did not register his boat has been fined at court. David John Rennie on Thursday pleaded not guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to keeping or using a vessel on the River Nene at Stibbington Boat Yard, Cambridgeshire when it was not registered with the Environment Agency....

  • Narrowboat owners on Thames left high and dry as eviction deadline looms richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

    A community of boaters will have nowhere to go when a bylaw making us nauthorised mooring a criminal offence comes into effect on March 13. The bylaw means that from 1am on March 13, owners of boats moored on council-owned or managed land without permission could be fined or imprisoned. Every 24 hours the boat is attached to the land will count as a new crime....


Wednesday 4 March

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  • Narrowboat rescued after taking wrong arch under Avon's Bidford bridge stratford-herald.com

    A fire and rescue crew along with Alcester- based police, attended the incident, casued by the boat heading upstream taking the wrong channel under the bridge. They found the two occupants were fine, if not a little red-faced, following the mishap. Efforts were later made to tow the boat off a rock in the Avon....


Tuesday 24 February

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Monday 23 February

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  • Ambitious Melksham canal plans are floated wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    Ambitious plans for Melksham’s future, including the exact route of the new canal Link, have been unveiled by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to the town’s Area Board. A farm for rare breed animals, a campsite with log cabins for holidaymakers and a nature reserve are some of the potential developments the area could have within the next five years alongside the new canal....

  • 'John Sergeant how dare you barge into a canal boat so we're all at sea on the water' mirror.co.uk

    Canal boat holidays are becoming ever more popular but Mirror columnist Paul Routledge has known about the joys of our waterways all his life...


Friday 20 February

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  • Draining of canal at Gas Street in Birmingham delayed bbc.co.uk

    The draining of a leaking canal in Birmingham city centre has been delayed. The work, on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal stretch between the Mailbox and Gas Street Basin, is taking place because water is leaking close to a railway line. The project got under way on Wednesday but work was delayed due to a faulty seal on a safety gate. The route has been closed to boats while the work takes place....


Thursday 19 February

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  • Volunteer Towpath Rangers needed on Slough Arm sloughobserver.co.uk

    The Canal and River Trust are seeking cycling and walking Rangers at a range of locations all along the Grand Union Towpath Rangers play an important role in encouraging walkers, cyclists, anglers, joggers and boaters, to use the tow paths considerately. They also attend and lead towpath events and guided walks, carry out visitor counts and encourage communities to get involved with their local waterways....

  • Canal at Gas Street in Birmingham to be drained due to leak bbc.co.uk

    A canal in Birmingham city centre is to be drained as water is leaking close to a railway line. The stretch of water that runs alongside Gas Street links the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to the Birmingham Canal Main Line. A Canal and River Trust spokeswoman said the leak had been reported near the aqueduct over Holliday Street and work would start as soon as possible....


Monday 16 February

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  • £336k grant to buy new section of Lichfield canal expressandstar.com

    A new £336 grant means that the section of the Lichfield Canal from The Boat Inn on Walsall Road, Lichfield to Barracks Lane just west of the aqueduct over the M6 Toll Road near Brownhills will be open to the public for the first time since the canal was abandoned in the 1950s. When the work to restore the Heritage Towpath Trail is completed, it is hoped to have the canal’s Summerhill section, as it is known, in water within a relatively short time....


Tuesday 10 February

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  • Old rail track and tunnel discovered on the Slough Arm sloughobserver.co.uk

    An HISTORIC rail track and tunnel have been revealed during canal maintenance works. The Canal and River Trust, the charity that cares for the waterway, discovered the abandoned railway line on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal while removing over-grown vegetation along the canal-side....


Monday 9 February

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  • 'Brilliant' canoe plan will float their boat express.co.uk

    The announcement last week of The Desmond Family Canoe Trail, England’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail, along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation, is not, as it might sound, a new endurance event, though some will no doubt want to give it a go! It is in fact both an invitation and a challenge to young people across the north of England, from Liverpool to Goole, to take control of their lives and get ahead....


Sunday 8 February

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Tuesday 3 February

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  • CRT rebuild collapsed canal wall in Middlewich middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Work is currently ongoing to repair a canal bank in Middlewich were multiple sections of concrete coping have collapsed. The Canal and River Trust are carrying out the rebuilding work on the wall of the Trent and Mersey Canal near to the Kings Lock Inn....

  • Essex charity's £600,000 River Thames Blue Mermaid barge replica project to begin essexchronicle.co.uk

    A CHARITY is £200,000 away from building a replica of the last steel sailing barge, so that it can take people with learning difficulties out to sea. Mayland-based Sea-Change Sailing Trust has already raised £400,000 of the £600,000 required for the Blue Mermaid project. The charity works with young people with learning difficulties as well as vulnerable adults, providing them with the opportunity to learn crucial life skills in a team environment on the open water....

  • Friends of Slough Canal on lookout for volunteers to help with monthly clean-up sloughexpress.co.uk

    Friends of Slough Canal headed out yesterday morning for its monthly clean-up around the banks of the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The team of volunteers worked its way from Trenches Bridge to Middlegreen Bridge during the two hour litter pick, which takes place on different stretches of the canal on the first Sunday of every month. Committee member Diane Richards said: "It's open to the public and we would love to have more people because we could cover more ground. ...

  • A few pints led to a major canal project hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk

    A discussion over a few pints at the Stubbings pub near Hebden Bridge has resulted in a major project to repair a 150 metre section of the Rochdale Canal. Volunteers from the Calderdale Boat Club have joined forces with the Canal & River Trust, a charity caring for the nation’s 2,000 miles of canals, on the two week project which started last Friday, January 23. The drive for the project came from the boaters who wanted to see repairs carried out on the canal where they moor their boats....

  • Large scale operation to rescue 10,000 fish after Droitwich Canal leak droitwichstandard.co.uk

    Up to 10,000 fish have been rescued from the Droitwich Barge Canal in a large scale operation to fix a leak. Two fisherman were working from dawn till dusk to finish the job using a specialist electrofishing technique. Once the works on the 1300m stretch, between Hawford Bottom Lock and Ladywood Top Lock, have been completed, engineers will inspect the 17th century timber culvert they believe is causing the leak ...


Wednesday 21 January

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  • Planned redesign of Coventry Canal Basin bridge junction criticised coventrytelegraph.net

    he organisation responsible for Coventry’s historic Canal Basin has hit out at council plans to redesign a busy junction next to the site. Alan Dyer, chairman of the Canal Basin Trust, said Coventry City Council’s planned redesigns at junction one of Coventry ring road risk “catastrophic effects on the economic health of the Canal Basin”....

  • The IT Girl on a Gloucestershire narrowboat southwestbusiness.co.uk

    Not many new businesses have been launched on a narrowboat on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. But Sarah Kazlova was determined to do something different after working full-time as a software engineer for 15 years. The single parent of a four-year-old was finding it difficult to get part-time work to fit around her duties as a mother so she decided to set up her own business. Now Sarah runs The IT Girl, providing IT support, tuition and development from her boat on the canal at Eastington....


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