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Friday 19 October

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  • Melksham council backs canal link project thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The scheme to run the restored Wilts and Berks Canal through Melksham has won the backing of Melksham Town Council. Councillors voted on Monday to support an application to extend the existing canal from Semington to the River Avon in the town centre, in the first part of an ambitious scheme which will eventually connect the town to Abingdon and the River Thames. Three kilometres of new waterway will be built, along with a pedestrian and cycle path. Three new locks, two road bridges and a weir in the river will also be added, allowing boats to travel through the town....

Tuesday 16 October

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  • CRT launches Bingley Five-Rise Locks iPhone app thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    The history behind a famous stretch of waterway is now available to discover, thanks to new technology. The Leeds-Liverpool Canal, between Bingley Five Rise Locks and the Saltaire World Heritage Site, is the subject of a new phone application unveiled at the weekend. The app is the first of its kind on the canal network and has been developed by the Canal and River Trust to reveal the history of the canal, which brought prosperity to the region when it was built more than 200 years ago, and highlight today’s flourishing waterway wildlife and tourism....

Monday 15 October

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  • Olympic gold locks unveiled at Eton Dorney on River Thames bbc.co.uk

    The control boxes at two locks on the River Thames have been painted gold to mark the Olympic and Paralympic wins at Eton Dorney Lake during London 2012. Boveney and Bray are the closest locks to the lake on the Berkshire-Buckinghamshire border, which hosted the rowing events during the Games. The gold box and a commemorative plaque at Boveney Lock, Buckinghamshire, were unveiled on Friday. Berkshire's gold box and plaque at Bray Lock will be unveiled on 22 October....

  • Wilderness Boats complete move to new Semington workshop wilderness.org.uk

    Wilderness Boats owned and run by Ian Graham for around 40 years, more recently with the assistance of Mark Smith, have recently completed the move of their workshop to new premises at Semington Dock, Semington, Trowbridge located on the banks of the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal, just above Semington Bottom lock ...

  • Historic concrete Purton barge sinks - two years after warning to owners thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Canal boaters have been warned to steer clear of an historic sunken barge. Maritime historian Paul Barnett says he told its owners two years ago it risked going to the bottom of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal but Gloucester Waterways Museum said it made regular checks and was surprised to see the concrete lighter under water at Purton....

Wednesday 10 October

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  • New Cotswold Canals swing bridge opens thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    A major new bridge has swung into action as part of the ongoing restoration of the Stroud canals. The £300,000 crossing of the town's Chestnut Lane was officially opened by councillors. Janet Blake of Christie Limited ready to cross as the ribbon is cut by Roger Sanders, Geoff Wheeler and Richard Scott of Gallifordtry. Capable of carrying the heaviest vehicles on the road the completion of the bridge was the latest milestone in the Cotswold Canals' restoration....

Tuesday 9 October

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  • Setting course for calmer waters on the Cam cambridge-news.co.uk

    In recent months, the Cam Conservancy has come under fire for everything from registration fees to the row over Mr Asbo. But they’re not the villains they’ve been painted as, Dr Philippa Noon tells MIKE SCIALOM. The River Cam is one of the most famous stretches of water in the UK: winding its way serenely through the sublime architecture of Cambridge, the river should have everything going for it. Yet recently, the Cam has been far from serene. You only have to read the pages of this newspaper to understand the rows and controversies that have marked the story of the river in recent years – not least the very public debate over the future of the aggressive swan dubbed Mr Asbo....

Monday 8 October

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  • Robert Longden's photos capture last generation to work Britain's industrial canals dailymail.co.uk

    The Daily Mail profiles the 'Inland Voyage' exhibition now showing at the London Canal Museum (and as featured in Waterways World, August 2010 - see http://goo.gl/pzosI . "They were once vital industrial routes used to supply coal to Britain's biggest mines and home to hundreds of workers. But now relegated to leisure use, a unique collection of photos of Britain's canals give a rare insight into lives of the last generation to work the inland waterways. The new exhibition, An Inland Voyage, at the London Canal Museum includes pictures from the late 1940s and early 1950s before the use of the waterways changed forever."...

  • The 'Lido Line' - bizarre idea for a swimming lane in the Regent's Canal telegraph.co.uk

    "... Y/N] Studio’s charming proposal for a dedicated swimming lane, a Lido Line, in Regent’s Canal. Running from Little Venice to Limehouse, swimmers will be separated from elegant swans and alarming flotsam by multilayered plastic membranes and protected from filthy water by healthfully oxygenating beds of reeds."...

  • Timothy West and Prunella Scales in Onley marina protest bbc.co.uk

    Husband and wife actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales have joined protesters against a planned 550-berth marina in Northamptonshire. J Marine Ltd wants to build the 90-acre Barby Pool Marina at Onley Park, near Daventry. Those supporting the plans claim it will transform a "most awful area" which has been neglected. But others are opposing the proposals and on Sunday staged a rally near the site....

  • Princess Anne visits Stanley Ferry lock gate workshops wakefieldexpress.co.uk

    The Princess Royal spent around an hour at Stanley Ferry Workshops this morning (Friday) to see the work it takes to build lock gates for canals all over the country. She toured the welding, gearing and lock gate departments, meeting and greeting craftsmen and office staff, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit. The site is one of only two places in the UK where lock gates are carefully built using traditional techniques to exact measurements. Among the dignitaries to meet her were Mayor of Wakefield Elaine Blezard.
She said: “It was a brilliant morning and it was good that she chose to come to Wakefield....

  • Thousands turn out to celebrate Canal Day in Banbury banburyguardian.co.uk

    Banbury's canalside came to life yesterday (Sunday) as thousands of people enjoyed all the fun of Canal Day. Stretching along the canalside to the rear of Castle Quay crowds were treated to an array of entertainment including drama performances at The Mill, live music at General Foods Sports and Social Club and a host of charity and food stalls....

Thursday 27 September

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  • Three teenage schoolboys arrested over Wolverhampton canal attacks birminghammail.net

    Three teenage schoolboys have been arrested after sickening attacks on a Wolverhampton towpath saw six victims pushed into the water. A 13, 14 and 15-year-old have been released on police bail on suspicion of assault following an investigation by officers into ‘brazen acts of malice’. The first attack on September 12 saw a 40-year-old cyclist being shoved in the shoulder, causing him to fall into the Birmingham Canal near Gorsebrook Road in Whitmore Reans. ...

Tuesday 25 September

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  • Plans for new marina in north of Coventry coventrytelegraph.net

    Ambitious plans have been put forward to transform derelict land in Coventry which has become a magnet for crime. A proposal for a huge marina off Aldermans Green Road [On the site of the old Longford Power Station, close to Hawkesbury Junction] has been submitted to the city council...The scheme would provide 225 berths for canalboats as well as 24 new homes, 35 industrial units and a large conservation area. ...

Monday 24 September

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  • Floating allotment barge wins green award waterwaysworld.com

    An old barge on an east London canal has been turned into an edible Eden by local gardeners. Kingsland Basin’s floating allotment barge in east London produces a variety of organic edibles from rhubarb, rocket and potatoes to runner beans, tomatoes, globe artichokes and even two kinds of gooseberries — green and red....

Friday 21 September

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  • Regent’s Canal: A Folk Opera at Rosemary Branch camdennewjournal.com

    "A story of how the Regent’s Canal came to be” belies the depth of historical content that Regent’s Canal: A Folk Opera has to offer. The result of a collaboration between the Musical Flying Squad and the London Irish Theatre, Rob Inglis’ informative production marks 200 years since the Regent’s Canal Act of 1812 was signed. John Dunne’s intelligent direction allowed a small cast on an even smaller stage to give a musical account of not only the construction of the landmark waterway, but also the politics surrounding the project and issues that characterised north London in the early-19th century....

  • Drowning toddler stared up at me from the water thisisleicestershire.co.uk

    A narrowboat owner has described the moment she rescued a drowning toddler from the water after he fell between the towpath and her boat. Riki Kittel heard a loud bang and a splash and looked into the water to see the face of a toddler staring up at her from under the surface of the Grand Union Canal, in south Leicestershire....

Monday 17 September

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  • Get behind grant bid to open (Buckingham) canal by next year buckinghamtoday.co.uk

    If people in and around Buckingham can show how strongly they feel about the restoration of the town’s branch of the Grand Union Canal, a 400m section could be back in action by the end of 2013. After changes in the way grants generated by landfill taxes were administered the Buckingham Canal Society was asked to show local support for the £68,000 grant by Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN)....

Sunday 16 September

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  • ‘Meccano’ bridge for MBB canal wins green light theboltonnews.co.uk

    A bridge that looks like it is made from a giant Meccano set will be built in a popular beauty spot after it was given the goahead by Bolton Council ’s planning committee. The £90,000 bridge was unanimously praised by councillors for the design’s interpretation of the popular children’s building toy....

Thursday 13 September

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  • Upper Thames hireboat business plans get go-ahead bbc.co.uk

    Plans to turn a derelict water treatment works site on an island in the River Thames into a marina have been approved by councillors. Cotswold Boat Hire's proposal to develop Brandy Island at Buscot Weir, near Faringdon, in Oxfordshire will see 17 new moorings built. The plans were approved by the Vale of White Horse Council on Wednesday night. Residents, the National Trust and others had objected, saying it will ruin a tranquil part of the river....

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