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Monday 10 December

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  • Police divers search canal for missing Chesterfield Canal boatsman worksopguardian.co.uk

    Divers are scouring the depths of Shireoaks Marina and Chesterfield Canal in search of a missing man. Steven Johnson, 61, was last seen at around 7.30pm last Tuesday, 4th December, when he returned to his houseboat after having dinner with a neighbour at the marina. Police are making enquiries with residents in the vicinity and searching the surrounding area....

  • Boys charged over Wolverhampton canal attacks bbc.co.uk

    Two teenage boys have been charged in connection to a series of attacks in which victims were pushed into the canal in the Wolverhampton area. A total of six people, including two men in their 70s, are thought to have been shoved into the water. During the attacks earlier this year the victims suffered injuries ranging from cracked ribs to a shattered kneecap. The boys are due to appear at Wolverhampton Youth Court on 3 January....

Tuesday 4 December

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  • New 200-berth marina planned near Oxford oxfordmail.co.uk

    Plans to build a multi-million pound marina on Green Belt land next to the Oxford Canal have been put forward. Farmer Merlin Smith wants to build and operate the 206-berth inland waterways marina, boat workshop and boater facilities on 12 hectares of agricultural land off Woodstock Road, Yarnton. He also wants to create a new access road, car parking and footpaths which would give pedestrians and cyclists a direct route along the canal towpath into Oxford city centre....

Thursday 22 November

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  • Shocking images show moment floods burst Grand Western Canal bank thesun.co.uk

    Families were forced to flee a torrent of water gushing towards their homes after the banks of a canal dramatically collapsed. Engineers are desperately working to try to dam the flow after a breach of the Great Western Canal in Devon sent millions of gallons racing down a hillside. Video footage shows the 200-year-old clay bank falling away in huge chunks following heavy rain which has caused flash floods and chaos on the roads across Britain....

  • Horse rescued from Coventry Canal coventrytelegraph.net

    A horse was rescued from the Coventry Canal by fire crews last night (Wednesday). The animal had found its way into the canal at Sutton Stop, Longford, and two crews from Radford fire station and a technical rescue team from Bickenhill were sent to retrieve it at 7.30pm. Firefighters entered the canal and used specialist equipment to hoist the horse out the water. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said it took just over an hour to free the horse and it was examined by a vet for hypothermia before the owner arrived. ...

  • Flood warnings along the River Nene as Billing Aquadrome evacuated environment-agency.gov.uk

    Holiday homes at Billing Aquadrome are being evacuated this morning, as forecasters warn of further rain later today (November 22). The Environment Agency issued a Flood Warning for the site at 7.47am this morning. Around 1000 people are expected to leave the Billing site and are being advised to make alternative arrangements until further notice....

  • Grand Western Canal breaches in North Devon thisisnorthdevon.co.uk

    The Grand Western Canal breached its banks after a large chunk of its embankment collapsed following heavy rainfall across Mid Devon. An eyewitness said the void left in the bank between Halberton and Sampford Peverell was so large it could accommodate Tiverton Town Hall. He said: "This part of the canal is built up with steep banks both sides and I have been told the Canal Rangers were worried about it collapsing so they put in stopper boards in either side. But the bank did collapse, and you could put Tiverton Town Hall in the gap that has been left three times over – it is massive." Devon County Council is warning residents in Halberton to be aware of the potential of further risk of flooding ...

  • Floods on Grand Union near Stoke Bruerne aboutmyarea.co.uk

    Flooding continues throughout Northamptonshire after BBC News visited the villages of Wappenham and Tiffield with roads around Greens Norton also causing problems last night. Luckily Thursday dawned bright but more rain is forecast for tonight. The River Tove that runs through Towcester and past Stoke Park Pavillions was in full flood, with narrow boats on the Grand Union Canal between Stoke Bruerne and Grafton Regis appearing to be in the fields....

  • Workers flee flooded Stroudwater canal as floodwaters top dam thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Engineering experts have been drafted in ahead of schedule after floodwater overwhelmed a canal dam and forced workmen to be evacuated. A new 330 metre stretch of the Stroudwater Canal is under 1.5 metres of water - but it should be empty. ​ Workers are installing a temporary dam Engineers are installing a temporary dam to keep back the water they're pumping out of the section near Doctor Newton's Way in Stroud. Site agent Dr Simon Dunn said the clay dam which has been keeping canal water at bay was topped by floodwater at around 10am yesterday. ...

Friday 16 November

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Wednesday 7 November

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  • Ashby canalside dream at Measham set to become a reality burtonmail.co.uk

    Ambitous plans for a canalside development which could turn a former mining village into a tourist destination are to be showcased for the first time. The scheme will see up to 400 new homes built off Burton Road, Measham, linked by an 800-metre stretch of newly dug canal to a wharf overlooked by shops, offices and leisure outlets. The project is ultimately planned to link up with the restored section of the Ashby Canal, which would reach the wharf via an aqueduct sweeping dramatically over High Street. ...

  • Activists back Slough-Thames canal link plan sloughobserver.co.uk

    Keen canal activists have been assured ambitious, multi-million pound plans to link the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal with the River Thames are still a 'long-term objective'. The proposal to create a one-and-a-half mile link was included in Slough Borough Council's Site Allocations Plan - along with 87 other long-term developments - in 2008....

Monday 5 November

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  • Attempts made to re-float sunken narrow boat on Nene itv.com

    The River Canal Rescue service is attempting to re-float a narrow boat which partially sank on the River Nene in Northamptonshire after smashing into a sluice gate. The boat got into trouble at Ditchford Lock on Thursday. Two people were onboard at the time, but they both got off safely....

Wednesday 31 October

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  • Droitwich Canals restoration leader 'very proud' bbc.co.uk

    Decades of toil by thousands of volunteers has paid off in Worcestershire, where more than 4,000 boats have now travelled on two restored canals. And one man has more reason to be proud than most. Max Sinclair, 82, led dedicated helpers who bought diggers, moved tonnes of mud away, built locks and made new towpaths....

Monday 29 October

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  • Canal and River Trust sells Giant's Basin office block in Manchester menmedia.co.uk

    A private buyer has snapped up a Manchester city centre office block as England‘s waterways charity offloads its property assets. Acting on behalf of the owner of Giants Basin, Canal & River Trust - the new name for British Waterways - the Manchester office of Sanderson Weatherall has completed the sale of the 10,376 sq ft Castlefield building for £925,000. Giant’s Basin is partly let to Tangerine Public Relations and Coaching, which occupies about 5,500 sq ft on the ground, second and third floors....

Sunday 28 October

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  • Team completes Birmingham to Worcester narrowboat pull bbc.co.uk

    Six men have pulled a 12-tonne narrowboat from Birmingham to Worcester to raise money for a cancer charity. Maths teacher Neil Evans and five friends took part in the 30-mile (48km) boat pull in aid of Cancer Research UK. The team, all former rugby players, took five days to complete the mission, arriving "on target" at Diglis Basin at 15:00 BST....

Friday 26 October

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  • Canal & River Trust charity seeks lobby firm prweek.com

    The Canal and River Trust has launched a pitch for its public affairs account. The charity was set up this summer to replace public sector body British Waterways, amid a wider cutting back of quangos. After the switchover of duties in July, the trust immediately took on British Waterways' lobbying firm Cavendish Communications, but it has now decided to repitch as it refocuses its work....

Monday 22 October

Max Sinclair wins English Heritage Angel Award

Max Sinclair, the founder of the Droitwich canals restoration movement, has been awarded an English Heritage Angel Award for "Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site" for the now-reopened Droitwich Barge and Junction canals

Sponsored by Lord Lloyd Webber, the English Heritage Angel Awards honour individuals and local groups rescuing heritage sites on English Heritage's ‘Heritage at Risk‘ Register.

Abandoned in 1939 and severed by the M5 motorway in the 1970s, the canals were overgrown, silted up and missing most of its operational parts. From the 1960s Max Sinclair wrote letters and lobbied locally, inspiring the creation of the Droitwich Canals Trust in 1973.

Over the years many volunteers contributed time and energy to the restoration project, raising funds and carrying out many of the tasks needed to restore the canals. In 2004, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £4.6 million towards the £11 million project and British Waterways agreed to a final restoration push in 2007. After 38 years of work the Droitwich Canals were finally opened in July 2011.

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Saturday 20 October

Aylesbury Canal Society turns first sod on new basin

The Aylesbury arm of the Grand Union Canal is set to have its first new canal basin in 200 years, as work begins on the Aylesbury Canal Society’s new private moorings.

The basin, to be called ‘Circus Field’, will be in Broughton, below lock 14 and a mile from from the Society’s old moorings at the end of the arm. It will provide up to 40 moorings and clubhouse, along with dry and wet docks for boat maintenance.

“We have waited a very long time for this, with many challenging problems resolved and no doubt many more to come,” said ACS Chairman Bryan Barnes. “Circus Field Basin will provide the Aylesbury Canal Society with some of the best inland waterway moorings in the country and we expect to attract more members and boats.

“The Society has long been recognised as one of the most welcoming places for visiting boaters and we intend to continue this tradition with up to two weeks of free moorings for visiting boats at Circus Field.”

The society was formed in 1971 and believes its presence at the end of the arm has been largely responsible for preserving it from closure. The move to Circus Field will allow Aylesbury Vale District Council to proceed with its large Waterside development, which will occupy the society's old site at the end of the arm. 

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Friday 19 October

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  • Green light for BCN's Icknield Port canal-side regeneration birminghampost.net

    Outline planning permission has been granted for the transformation of the Icknield Port Loop site near Edgbaston Reservoir - complete with homes, a park, a ten storey hotel, superstore and other facilities. The 22.5-hectare site is owned by The Canals and Rivers Trust (formerly British Waterways), the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Birmingham City Council. The site, previously owned by Advantage West Midlands, has been earmarked for development for many years but previous schemes stalled as a result of the recession. ...

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