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Monday 17 October

Today's news from the web

  • Hackney woman’s race against time to find missing cat hackneygazette.co.uk

    A mum-to-be is racing against time to find her beloved missing cat before she has to sail her houseboat away from Hackney this weekend. Abi Hopkins, who is eight months pregnant, was devastated when mog Irie disappeared from her narrowboat one night seven weeks ago and now she wants Gazette readers to help her find the lost cat....

  • Blackfriars Bridge to be world's largest solar bridge energyharvestingjournal.com

    The new Blackfriars station in the UK - which is being built on a bridge spanning the River Thames - is on its way to becoming the world's largest solar bridge as Solarcentury begins the installation of over 4,400 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The Victorian bridge, built in 1886, is the foundation for the new Blackfriars station, which is being upgraded by Network Rail to cater for more passengers and an improved train service. A new roof, added to the historic structure, will incorporate over 6,000m² of PV panels, creating the biggest solar array in London by mid 2012....

  • Lincolnshire site chosen for £50m ‘mini Thames barrier’ constructionenquirer.com

    The Environment Agency is pressing ahead with plans to build a £45m flood barrier in Boston, Lincolnshire. Boston’s barrier will be a similar design to a mini version of the Thames Barrier on the River Haven, close to the Black Sluice pumping station if agency plans receive government funding....


Friday 14 October

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  • Hosepipe used to flood Pennine Cruisers boat in Skipton cravenherald.co.uk

    Owners of Skipton’s Pennine Cruisers believe one of their day tripper boats was deliberately sunk. Staff at the family-owned business arrived on Tuesday to find the narrow boat, which had been moored at the Canal Basin, almost submerged. It had been sunk by vandals, who had taken one of the business’s hosepipes and used it to flood the boat. ...

  • Call to put weight limit on Shropshire Union bridges staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk

    They claim residents frequently have to jump out of the way and numerous accidents have gone unreported because noone was injured. And they now have concerns about potential accidents at the High Bridge at Woodseaves and the Mill Meece railway bridge. ...


Wednesday 12 October

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  • Linslade Canal Festival success causes concern leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk

    This year’s Linslade Canal Festival was the biggest yet, with more than 8,000 people flocking to enjoy food, drink and fun in a scenic setting. But the Tiddenfoot Waterside Park event’s unbridled success has led to health and safety concerns at Leighton-Linslade Town Council, who say action is needed if the festival is to continue to be a safe event. ...

  • Flood fears over lock keeper cottage rent plan bbc.co.uk

    Empty houses belonging to the Environment Agency at nine locks and weirs along the River Thames are to be rented out to the public. ...

  • Stourport Canal Basin gets top transport award waterscape.com

    Stourport Canal Basin is celebrating being awarded a ‘Red Wheel’ plaque from the Transport Trust in recognition of the historical interest of this waterway landmark. ...

  • Fish rescued in Midland canals pollution fightback birminghammail.net

    Officials from the Environment Agency (EA) and British Waterways have started pumping contaminated water from canals in the Black Country for treatment at Minworth Sewage Treatment Works....

  • Plans afloat for river festival in Northwich town centre northwichguardian.co.uk

    A riverside festival is being launched to float the boat of residents and visitors alike and put Northwich on the map. ...


Tuesday 11 October

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Monday 10 October

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  • Canal boat users left with two-day detour expressandstar.com

    Canal boat users are facing a two-day detour due to lock closures imposed to contain pollution following a fire in the Black Country – as it emerged a second stretch of water is now affected....

  • Bridge plan raises the stake for canal falkirkherald.co.uk

    Planning officials fear a massive canal development’s lifting bridge could cause traffic chaos. ...


Thursday 6 October

Charity gets a name - and a logo

The charity that will replace British Waterways next April has until now struggled under the ungainly codename "the New Waterways Charity".

Now it has an official name: the Canal & River Trust. Announced today, it's a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name in the vein of the Woodlands Trust. BW has long believed that the word "waterways" is less recognisable than "canals and rivers".

There's a new logo, too. Well, partly new. The new logo (designed for free by the Pentagram studio) is very similar to what you'd get if you put the old BW logo (designed by Pentagram) together with the Waterways Trust logo (designed by Pentagram). See what you think:


Richard Fairhurst  | 5.09pm


Today's news from the web

  • Stuck barge causes waterway gridlock on Regent's Canal camdennewjournal.com

    This unlucky barge owner got a serious sinking feeling when his boat nose-dived into the canal and got stuck in one of Camden Town’s locks. The back of the houseboat became caught on a concrete sill at the Kentish Town lock near Kentish Town Road on Saturday evening. ...

  • Chasewater Reservoir refilled after £5.5m repair work bbc.co.uk

    Waters at a 200-year-old Staffordshire reservoir are set to rise again after the completion of a £5.5m repair job. ...

  • Lock gates milestone for Gloucestershire canal project bbc.co.uk

    Six new canal lock gates have been installed in Gloucestershire marking another significant step forward in the regeneration of the Cotswold Canals. ...

  • Romney Weir gets ready for Hydropower environment-agency.gov.uk

    The Environment Agency’s recent repair works on Romney weir have now come to an end – making way for the construction stage of the exciting new hydropower scheme which is set to revolutionise the electricity supply for Windsor Castle. ...


Wednesday 5 October

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