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Friday 13 September

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  • GU canal sheds at Brentford to get 'facelift' hounslowchronicle.co.uk

    The canalside sheds which have stood derelict beside the Grand Union Canal at Brentford are now only one step away from a major facelift. The decaying skeletons of the industrial age which shaped the face of the town are to be given new cladding and lighting in an effort to encourage more people to access the High Street via the canal and the Golden Mile section of the A4. Artist Simon Periton has designed a fresh new look for the sheds featuring a series of images of falling leaves which have won the backing of Hounslow Council’s cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration....

Wednesday 11 September

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  • Halifax arm of C&H drained after collapse halifaxcourier.co.uk

    The Halifax arm of the Calder and Hebble canal is set for weeks of repair works after a culvert collapsed. A temporary dam has been installed to stop any more water draining from the canal and so that boats which are moored won’t get damaged falling onto the canal floor. A hole has been formed in the canal bed and engineers from the Canal and River Trust are currently assessing the damage....

Thursday 22 August

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  • Canal & River Trust attempts to recover £76k from man thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    A disabled boat owner who lives on the Kennet and Avon Canal could face losing his home because of a £76,000 claim for court costs. George Ward, 52, who stays between Devizes and the Dundas Aqueduct, has been involved in a legal dispute with the Canal and River Trust, which took over from British Waterways, since 2010 after he was unable to get a boat safety certificate in time to re-licence the vehicle he lives in....

Saturday 17 August

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  • Google to map UK canals for Street View techdigest.tv

    Google have offered up one of their rare Trekker Street View backpacks to the Canal & River Trust. Weighing 40lbs, the four-foot tall backpack houses a 360-degree camera and lets a person carry out on foot what Google's Street View vans do on roads, allowing for otherwise-inaccessible areas to be mapped. It's the first time one has been used in the UK, having previously been used to map locations like the Grand Canyon....

Friday 16 August

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  • Flying boat to fly over Tower Bridge ianvisits.co.uk

    The Cataline G-PBYA flying boat, the UK’s only remaining air-worthy heritage flying boat, will fly along the Thames next week, and over Tower Bridge. The event is to mark the 100th anniversary of a Daily Mail’s Round Britain Race. Weather depending, the plane should fly over Tower Bridge at 10:50am next Wednesday (21st Aug) and then fly along the Thames to Kingston (10.55), down to Chessington then over to Weybridge (11am), before heading down to Southampton. It returns on Sunday reversing the same route and passing over Tower Bridge at around 4:15pm....

  • Google Street View backpack captures canals telegraph.co.uk

    After taking its Street View car down every road in the country, they are now capturing the harder-to-reach rivers and canals for the first time using a camera mounted on a backpack. People using Google Street View will soon be able to see panoramic views of the most scenic and secret waterway locations with the help of the device, known as the trekker. Beginning on the Regent’s Canal in London this week, the trekker will cover 100 miles and about 60 locations over the next month....

Tuesday 13 August

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  • Volunteer ferry service could be forced off Severn worcesternews.co.uk

    A volunteer-run rowboat ferry which has been taking people across the Severn for 30 years could see its costs soar if plans by the organisation responsible for managing the country’s waterways go ahead....

Monday 29 July

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  • Olympics Cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick's £60m plan for Thames pedestrian garden bridge dailymail.co.uk

    Thomas Heatherwick, the creator of the London 2012 Olympic cauldron, has unveiled plans for a £60million bridge full of trees and flower beds to span the river from Temple to the South Bank. It would be the first new crossing across the Thames since the 'wobbly' Millennium Bridge opened in 2002 and London's answer to New York's High Line, where a disused train line has been transformed into a lush aerial park. ...

Thursday 25 July

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  • Family save fortune by selling house and moving on to NARROW BOAT dailymail.co.uk

    A family sold their four-bedroom house for life on a narrowboat - because they could no longer afford the cost of living. Now, the Lawrences make savings of £8,000 per year on household bills. After their property went under the hammer for £249,000, they moved on to the 65ft boat, worth £80,000, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. ...

Monday 22 July

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Friday 19 July

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  • Stove accident link to Oxford Canal narrowboat death blaze oxfordmail.co.uk

    A fire that killed a father-of-two on his narrowboat was started accidentally, an inquest has heard. Kevin Pryor’s remains were found on burnt-out Oxford canal boat the Lady of the Lake, on the Oxford Canal close to the Pear Tree roundabout, following a blaze on Friday, November 16 at about 11pm. The inquest last Thursday at Oxford Coroner’s Court heard it was likely the fire had been caused by candles or fuel from a log burning stove. ...

Thursday 11 July

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  • Queen takes Gloriana out for a spin huffingtonpost.co.uk

    The Queen and members of her family enjoyed a private cruise on the River Thames as the country basked in sweltering summer temperatures. The royals took to the water in the million-pound rowbarge Gloriana which had a starring role in the Diamond Jubilee river pageant last year. As the ornate vessel was rowed along the river the Queen could be seen sat inside its cabin chatting to her daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex. Her sons the Duke of York and Earl of Wessex stood at the bow wearing sunglasses taking in the view. At one point the Gloriana, rowed by royal watermen in scarlet livery, passed a group travelling on a narrowboat....

  • RCR calls on insurers to adopt repairer scheme to speed up claims rivercanalrescue.blogspot.co.uk

    River Canal Rescue Managing Director, Stephanie Horton, is asking insurers to review their claims handling processes in order to get boaters back on the water within days of an incident. During a presentation at the recent Crick Boat Show, Stephanie emphasised the speed at which claims can be resolved if the insurer runs an approved repairer scheme. When an incident occurs, insurers typically require claimants to register the claim and complete and return a notification form with a minimum of two repair/replacement quotes. Upon approval, the claimant is left to progress and pay for the work, submit an invoice and wait for reimbursement. River Canal Rescue estimates this process, on average, takes between two weeks and three months....

  • River Thames flotilla celebrates new £32m Walton Bridge bbc.co.uk

    A flotilla of boats has passed under the new £32m Walton Bridge in Surrey - the first new road bridge to be built over the Thames for more than 20 years. The celebrations marked the completion of the structure ahead of its official opening on 22 July. The new bridge replaces two temporary bridges connecting Walton and Shepperton built when an earlier bridge was damaged in World War II....

Wednesday 3 July

Defra to CRT: ‘There's no money left for EA navigations’

Defra has announced the postponement of plans to transfer control of the River Thames and other EA navigations to the Canal & River Trust, calling it ‘unaffordable’ in the present climate. 

The news comes after the Treasury told Defra to make extra savings in next year's government spending round. 

The transfer to CRT control was originally planned for 2015-16, but was dependent on the EA waterways coming with a ‘dowry’, sufficient to ensure they could be properly maintained independently of the government. 

However, in a written statement to Parliament on 3rd July, waterways minister Richard Benyon said the government’s view was that CRT taking control was still the most sustainable long-term solution, and it would review the situation ‘after the next Spending Round.’ 

The announcement comes as a blow to CRT, whose chairman Tony Hales immediately responded:
“This is disappointing news and a missed opportunity.  In less than a year, the transfer of British Waterways to the voluntary sector has begun to revolutionise the way that our canals and rivers are cared for, opening up improved engagement and new opportunities for volunteering and fundraising. 

"There is no reason that we could not have seen the same benefits on the EA’s navigations. We remain ready to look at these plans when the Government is next able to proceed.”
But the response from some quarters was more enthusiastic, as the idea of the transfer is disliked by many EA waterways users. This is especially true on the Thames, where the River Thames Society says a very different culture pervades the 'royal' river.'

"It's great news for everyone on the Thames," said one source from the RIver Thames Society. "Let's hope this 'postponement' turns out to be permanent." 

The IWA was quick to line up with CRT, calling it a 'missed opportunity'. 

IWA chairman Les Etheridge said: "We understand that 65% of the income for the Agency’s navigations comes from government grant in aid, and this has already been substantially cut.  Worse still, there are clearly prospects for further cuts which could impose additional financial burdens on users of the EA navigations, and in particular boaters. Inclusion of EA’s navigations within CRT offers many benefits, but especially surety of income once a deal with government is achieved.”

“IWA will now redouble its efforts to support and lobby for the earliest implementation of this policy.”

Andrew Denny  | 11.30am | add a comment

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  • Manchester canals rejuvenated after being adopted by those living along their banks manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    Two Victorian canals are being given a new lease of life after people living along their banks ‘adopted’ them. Volunteers living alongside the Ashton and Rochdale canals in Manchester are running monthly clean-up days to keep them looking their best. They set up the Ancoats Canal Project with the support of national charity, the Canal and River Trust, to publicise the canals’ history and encourage people to make more use of th...

Tuesday 2 July

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  • CRT celebrate first birthday with 'Adopt a canal' campaign canalrivertrust.org.uk

    Adopt a canal: As we celebrate our first birthday today, we’re launching an appeal for communities to transform their local canal or river by adopting mile-long stretches of waterways across England and Wales. ...

  • Yorkshire Ouse ice cream boat a hit with visitors bbc.co.uk

    A floating ice cream parlour has become a summer hit with visitors to the River Ouse, in York. Businessman Steve Blakeman built the unique vessel from a tugboat, from Hebden Bridge, and an ice cream van, from Robin Hood's Bay. The boat is equipped with a serving hatch on both sides to allow tourists on either bank of the river and on the water to enjoy an ice cream. ...

Friday 28 June

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  • Divided opinions over Chichester Canal restoration plan chichester.co.uk

    An ambitious £3.5m project to open Chichester Canal to the sea could soon become a reality after 15 years of planning. The Chichester Ship Canal Trust is hoping to submit a plan later this year which would restore navigation from Chichester Canal Basin to Chichester Harbour....

Friday 21 June

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  • Who wants to bet on a 'Nicaragua Canal'? uk.reuters.com

    Investors and infrastructure experts are highly dubious that a Nicaragua Canal will ever be built. "Are international shipping companies going to trust a one-guy shop with minor telecommunications experience to be the system integrator on a $40 billion project in a country whose transparency is already subject to question?", said Evan Ellis, a professor of national security studies at the U.S. Government's National Defence University....

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