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Tuesday 23 July

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  • Cycle hire firms urged to help clear dumped bikes from canals theguardian.com

    Hundreds of dockless bikes are being dumped in canals and rivers and most operators should do more help clean up the mess, the body responsible for the UK’s waterways has complained. The Canal & River Trust said it was growing increasingly frustrated by the number of hire bikes abandoned in and beside its 2,000-mile network. It said more than 100 hire bikes a year were being thrown into canals in London alone....

Tuesday 16 July

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  • The problem with fibreglass: Environmental concern over old boats itv.com

    Fibreglass transformed boat production, but there is growing concern about what to do with the material when it reaches the end of its life. Since the 1950s fibreglass, made of polyester resin and glass fibres, was seen as revolutionary. It was cheap to produce, strong, and extremely long lasting. It helped make sailing accessible for all, but its environmental qualities are less impressive. There is currently no means of recycling it and with many of those early craft coming to the end of their life, the question is, what to do with it?...

Monday 15 July

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  • Why has it taken two lads from Lithuania to clean up the canals in Manchester? manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    Two pals from Lithuania who have started a new life in Manchester were so fed up of the rubbish being thrown into the city centre's canals that they decided to clean them up. They bought a £50 dinghy, a £20 licence to allow them on the water and some bin bags before setting out into the filthy water of Rochdale Canal where it passes through Castlefield....

Sunday 14 July

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  • Historic watchdog to sink canal plan in Inverness inverness-courier.co.uk

    An ambitious project to develop part of the Caledonian Canal next to Muirtown Basin has hit a snag because of the waterway’s huge national, historic and cultural importance. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) fears that a new cafe, storage units and possible base for the sea cadets would be a blight on the canal’s unique ambience. It has told Scottish Canals that the waterway is a scheduled monument and any development would require HES approval....

Saturday 13 July

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  • Council attacks plan to link Derby to HS2 via Derby canal route derbytelegraph.co.uk

    Erewash planners would rather a bus or tram lane be built on the A52 to link Derby to HS2, despite the higher cost, to avoid construction on a former canal. A report revealed by Erewash Borough Council ahead of a meeting of the authority's top team next week says that preferred plans to build a link to the proposed HS2 hub in Toton would hamper its own aims. It wants to reopen a derelict stretch of the Derby to Sandiacre canal but a new study highlights the former waterway as a good choice for any link scheme to the HS2 hub....

  • Lincoln canal sells at auction for £255k thelincolnite.co.uk

    The 11-mile Fossdyke navigation between the Trent & Lincoln has been sold at auction for £255,000. The auctioneers could not give out the name of the canal’s new owner but said that the private investor has bought similar properties before. Believed to be the oldest man-made waterway of its kind, the Fossdyke Canal was built to provide an important link between the River Witham and River Trent. It had a guide price of £200,000 when Acuitus Auction started bidding at the Montcalm Hotel in London. When the new owner takes over they would achieve £9,500 in rent each year. The tenancy for the Canal and River Trust has been open from 1846 and will finish in 2740, so for a total of 894 years....

Monday 8 July

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  • The mystery of how canal water turned blue has been solved birminghammail.co.uk

    The mystery behind why a stretch of canal popular with families turned blue has been solved. The discovery was made by a dog walker on June 21, near the Park Head Bridge on Dudley Canal. According to the Canal and River Trust, the pollution was down to a type of oil - which they believe may have been cooking oil....

Thursday 4 July

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  • Yorkshire Waterways Museum building for sale for £100,00 thebusinessdesk.com

    A buyer is being sought for the former Yorkshire Waterways Museum, in Goole. Located on Dutch Riverside, accessed from Bridge Street, the property is close to Goole marina and a number of other canal and riverside businesses. While it functioned as a museum the 6,400 sq ft building was also home to a café, hosted school visits and was used as a starting point for boat trips around the town’s docks and canal. PPH Commercial is marketing the long leasehold interest to include the buildings for £100,000, on behalf of liquidators representing The Sobriety Project....

Wednesday 3 July

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  • Ram Raiders Jailed After Police Find Suspects Hiding In Birmingham Canal lbc.co.uk

    Dramatic footage shows the moment a gang was found hiding in a Birmingham canal after using a stolen Land Rover as a battering ram. CCTV footage shows the moment the gang first approach a currency exchange shop, using crowbars to weaken reinforced glass before a stolen Land Rover is rammed through. As one man looks out, two others pushed a safe from the back of the shop out onto the pavement outside, before dumping it in the back of an Audi....

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