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Thursday 15 November

Today's news from the web

  • City's £200m culture revamp expressandstar.com

    Canalside bars and cafes will breathe new life into Wolverhampton city centre as part of a £200 million transformation, the Express & Star can reveal today. ...

Wednesday 14 November

Falkirk Helix wins the Lottery

Falkirk is to get another out-of-the-ordinary canal link following the long-awaited Living Landmarks lottery award.

The Falkirk Helix project is one of three to share in a £70m jackpot. The scheme will see a new link built from the Forth & Clyde to the tidal Forth estuary - long seen as the biggest obstacle to encouraging more sea-going boats onto the Forth & Clyde Canal. An unusual 'Kelpie' sculpture, pictured, is part of the design.

The news, though, is bad luck for the Cotswold Canals. The restorers were hoping for a share of the lottery winnings to reconnect the canal at Stonehouse, currently under restoration, to the main system at Saul Junction. But although the scheme got through to the final shortlist, it was not one of the three winners. (The other two winners are regeneration schemes in Cornwall and Belfast.)

There is now just one Living Landmarks award to go - the top £50m prize, which will be decided by popular vote. Two canal-related projects are in with a chance: the Black Country Urban Park, which will reopen part of the Dudley Tunnel system, and Sustrans' Connect2, which will build new bridges over dozens of waterways. They are pitted against the Eden Project and Sherwood Forest.

We'll have a full report on the Falkirk scheme in January's WW.

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.00am | add a comment

Today's news from the web

  • Boat Owner Admits Canal Threats thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    A DISPUTE between two canal boat owners in Trowbridge has led to one man facing a community penalty for using threatening behaviour. ...

Tuesday 13 November

Welcome to the Waterways World website

We're delighted to unveil Waterways World's long-awaited website.

Like every other magazine website, waterwaysworld.com has details of what's in the current issue and how to subscribe - but we're aiming for the site to be a little bit more useful than that.

We'll be adding regular updates of what's new around the waterways world; selections from our photo archives; and commentary, both informative and light-hearted. We've also put the full WW index online, listing 30,000 articles over 35 years. Converting the old paper-based index to a searchable database hasn't been without its hiccups and it still has the occasional discrepancy, but we're continuing to work on ironing these out.

Selected articles are available as PDF downloads and we'll be adding many more of these. And we're continuing to work on more features for the site, such as an online waterway map... but we hope you enjoy what's here so far. You can let us know what you think by sending an e-mail, or use the comments section below.

Richard Fairhurst  | 5.44pm | 1 comment

Today's news from the web

  • Group Needs Votes For Share Of 7 8 Million gazetteandherald.co.uk

    A Calne community group is calling on people to pick up their phones and vote for it to win a share of £7.8 million. The Castlefields Canal and River Park Association has reached the final of The People's Millions Lottery TV contest and will make a plea for funds on ITV West on November 26. The group will go head to head in a public vote with The Waterways Trust, which hopes to restore the walls of an 18th century canal port in the Cotswolds. ...

  • Mill Plans Could Create Dozens Of Jobs burnleycitizen.co.uk

    The new proposals for Finsley Gate and Healey Royd mills are the initial step in a bid to revive the building, on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. ...

  • Major canal repairs follow flood news.bbc.co.uk

    Half of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal is likely to stay closed in 2008 following a breach which flooded houses in Gilwern, Abergavenny. ...

  • Lockmaster's cottage for sale grannybuttons.com

    Another iconic lock cottage has come up for sale. This time it's one of the 6 famous 'barrel-roofed' cottages on the Stratford Canal: Kingswood Cottage, Dicks Lane, Rowington (the lock cottage at Lapworth Lock 25). ...

  • Three Rise Locks Get 18th Century Makeover thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Work has started on repairing and restoring the famous Three Rise Locks at Bingley and when completed they will be as near as possible as they were almost 240 years ago. ...

Monday 12 November

Today's news from the web

  • Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal closure update waterscape.com

    Following the major breach on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal at Gilwern on 16th October, there is therefore every likelihood that the affected stretch of canal will not be available for cruising next year....

  • Barge fire hemeltoday.co.uk

    Firecrews were called to a barge fire on the Grand Union canal by Red Lion Lane, Hemel Hempstead last night(Sunday, November 11) just before midnight. Firefighters from Kings Langley and Garston used a jet and light weight pump to extinguish the fire which took 30 minutes to put out. The dredging barge is a notorious eyesore often used as a dumping ground. ...

Sunday 11 November

Today's news from the web

  • Boaters urged to act safely on the waterways waterscape.com

    Waterways officials are urging canal boat owners to undertake regular and thorough checks of their vessels to ensure they are safe – both when travelling and moored. British Waterways Wales & Border Counties has been actively promoting a holistic approach to safety and responsible boating practice – including fire prevention, engine checks and safe boating out and about along canals. ...

  • New green boat for Wey & Arun Canal waterscape.com

    There was much to celebrate on Sunday 4 November, when the Wiggonholt Association and the Wey & Arun Canal Trust finalised an agreement for the endowment of a new canal boat. ...

  • New name for Leeds' iconic bridge waterscape.com

    The Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs joined VIP’s and two knights in full armour at Clarence Dock on Friday 2 November to officially unveil the new name for the iconic bridge which spans the River Aire and the Aire & Calder Navigation near the Royal Armouries Museum. ...

  • Keep fit and help restore the Droitwich Canals waterscape.com

    Scores of opportunities are up for grabs for volunteers following the recent announcement of planning permission being agreed in principle for the Droitwich Canals Restoration Project. ...

  • Canal takes the strain to move bulky cargo waterscape.com

    Vital canal maintenance work in the Wales & Border Counties region is being undertaken using waterway transport to deliver the goods. A half tonne cargo of 28 foot English Oak balance beams made the 19 mile journey along the Llangollen Canal in Shropshire from Ellesmere to Wrenbury, where the new £75,000 Wrenbury Church Lift Bridge is taking shape. ...

  • Blackburn Pcso Up For Award lancashireeveningtelegraph.co.uk

    A POLICE community support officer who stopped a canal towpath being used as a "motorway" by children riding mini motorbikes has been nominated for a top award. ...

  • Work starts on canal link liverpooldailypost.co.uk

    Work has started in Liverpool on the final phase of the ambitious scheme to build Britain’s first new canal for over a century. Engineering work costing £5.4m will see the new canal route created through the central docks section to the north of the Pier Head as part of the £20m Liverpool Canal Link. ...

  • Hotel Bosses Deny It Will Close Soon thisischeshire.co.uk

    Rumours that the Floatel in Northwich could be closing imminently have been denied by the hotel's owners. The owners of the UK's only floating hotel did say they were working with the project and that they were looking at other sites in Vale Royal....

Thursday 8 November

Today's news from the web

  • Lakes included in conservation area cambridge-news.co.uk

    Lakes at the centre of a fierce dispute have been included in a city's new conservation area. Designed to protect places of special architectural or historic interest, the new area will include land owned by Jeremy Tyrrell. Mr Tyrrell's plans to create narrowboat moorings at the site have been criticised by the local campaign for the Protection of Rural Ely. ...

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