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Sunday 10 March

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  • Canal and River Trust deem aqueduct 'safe' after teenager bypassed railings and fell to death telegraph.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has insisted that its 200-year-old aqueduct is “safe for normal use” after being ordered to review safety measures following a teenager’s death. Kristopher McDowell, 18, fell 120ft from the Pontcysyllte aqueduct in Denbighshire after he bypassed railings at the UNESCO World Heritage site in May 2016. The teenager was walking home with three friends after a shift at McDonald’s when he stepped through a gap on to a narrow parapet after one of his friends said he was scared of heights. Senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, John Gittins has now called for safety measures at the world-famous tourist attraction to be re-examined after a cast-iron upright - behind a gap in railings alongside the site towpath - gave way....

Friday 8 March

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  • Why a large dam might have to be built to hold back the Severn at Gloucester Docks gloucestershirelive.co.uk

    Engineers are trying to find alternatives to building a large dam which could make the cost to repairs to Gloucester Locks soar. Barges haven’t been able to go through the lock since the beginning of the year while engineers have been fixing the lock gates connecting the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to the River Severn. But while the lock is now virtually empty, the water on the side of the gate is making it too dangerous for work to start. It means that a dam could have to be built to control water, a move which has been described by the Canal & River Trust as “a major civil engineering project”....

Thursday 7 March

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  • Microplastic pollution found in waterways the length and breadth of Britain news.sky.com

    Tiny pieces of plastic pollution have been found in rivers, lakes and wetlands across Britain, from Loch Lomond in Scotland to the River Blackwater in Essex. Research by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth suggests widespread contamination of British waterways with found pollution levels ranging from more than 1,000 tiny pieces of plastic per litre in the River Tame in Greater Manchester to 2.4 pieces per litre in Loch Lomond....

Wednesday 6 March

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  • Hundreds of new homes planned canalside in Coventry coventrytelegraph.net

    Plans have been unveiled for around 200 new homes at what is now Sandy Lane Industrial Estate, next to Coventry Canal. Daimler Wharf would include a mix of houses and apartments, alongside cafes and outdoor leisure areas, as well as office space. The site is also home to the Daimler building – one of the first car factories in the world – which is being transformed into the Daimler Powerhouse arts complex for artists, engineers, architects and other creative industries by Imagineer Productions....

Tuesday 5 March

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  • Milton Keynes marina already filled, ready to open in May miltonkeynes.co.uk

    An empty marina in Milton Keynes has been filled with 25,000 cubic metres of water from the canal. The process of filling the newly-built Campbell Park Marina took 20 days, and the building of it involved 110,000 cubic metres of reused Oxford clay. ...

  • Plans for restoring Stroudwater's missing mile are now online for comment stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    The plans to reconnect the 'missing mile' of the Stroudwater canal are online for comment. How Oldbury Brook, just upstream of the buried Westfield Lock at the bottom of the Eastington Flight of locks, will be connected to the A38 has been submitted to Stroud District Council by the Stroud Valleys Canal Company earlier this month. The section is viewed as a key part of the four mile Phase 1B Cotswold Canals Connected project and replaces the section lost when the M5 was built. It includes two new locks, a crossing under the M5, two boat mooring basins and a mile of new canal on a new route...

  • Canal & River Trust plans to grow fundraising income civilsociety.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has said it plans to grow its fundraising income “significantly”, following a rebrand last year. Speaking to Charity Finance magazine, finance director Sandra Kelly said the charity faces challenges to attract donations partly because some people are unaware of it being a charity....

Monday 4 March

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  • Leeds Activity Centre embraces L&L Canal westleedsdispatch.com

    West Leeds school children and their teachers will be taking to the water next week as they test and launch a new canoeing activity on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. A new purpose-built pontoon has been built which has been partly funded by the Canal & River Trust....

  • Could reviving a town centre canal improve Swindon? swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    A canal running through the town centre would be the biggest draw to bring people back to enjoy a "cafe culture". Earlier this week The Adver reported the discussions between borough councillors Gary Sumner, Dale Heenan and South Swindon Parish councillor Patrick Herring where there was a degree of agreement that more residential development in the centre would lead to more businesses -such as shops and cafes - staying open to cater for those residents in the evenings and change the centre from a “retail rut” that is largely shut in the evenings to something more vibrant....

Friday 1 March

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  • New interpretation boards at Grand Western Canal devonnewscentre.info

    Two new information panels have been installed at the Grand Western Canal Country Park to help point visitors to all the sights and activities s on offer at the award-winning attraction. The two new panels are fixed to large limestone rocks and have replaced old panels which were worn and outdated. One is located in the car park and helps orientate visitors and with the use of a map and photos, shows some of the highlights of the canal basin and where to find them. The other is located on the upper level beside the canal and an old limekiln, and briefly tells the story of the canal’s construction and the limestone trade which underpinned its operation....

Thursday 28 February

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  • New signboards on North Walsham & Dilham Canal northnorfolknews.co.uk

    Four new interpretation panels have been installed along a 2.3-mile stretch of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal at Ebridge Lock, Spa Common, Royston Bridge and Swafield. ...

  • Large 'Tesla ships' all-electric container barges launching in Europe this year. electrek.co

    The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have a significant impact on local transport between the ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Rotterdam....

Tuesday 26 February

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  • Floating Village Market idea for Dublin's Grand Canal Dock afloat.ie

    A floating food market is one of a number of ideas being mooted for in Grand Canal Dock by Waterways Ireland. Such a scheme would include a waterfront dining area and a co-working space along with the “curated, carefully selected floating village market on canal barges”, as suggested in a feasibility study conducted late last year....

Monday 25 February

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  • Nominate Swindon's canal for Ramblers' Association 'best walking' award swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    Walkers who enjoy the bucolic peace and beauty to be find alongside the Wilts and Berks canal, even in the middle of a busy town like Swindon can nominate it for a national award. The Ramblers' Association is looking for nominations for Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood - and the Canal and River Trust says Swindon walkers can nominate their favourite waterway spot....

Friday 22 February

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  • Call to light up Coalisland canal walkway midulstermail.co.uk

    A Mid Ulster councillor is calling for lights to be erected along the entire Coalisland Canal path. SDLP Torrent Councillor Malachy Quinn wants the local Council to carry out the work call as the public realm scheme gets underway in the town centre. Speaking about the proposal he said: “Over recent weeks I have engaged with local people and council staff over future plans for the Coalisland Canal and more precisely the walkway which stretches all the way from Coalisland town centre to the high bridge at Derrytresk....

Friday 15 February

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  • Competition for Grand Union Canal towpath in London architectsjournal.co.uk

    The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has launched a design contest for a new public realm intervention on the banks of the Grand Union Canal beneath the Westway The two-stage competition invites architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to submit ‘engaging and exciting’ concepts to transform the derelict motorway undercroft into a waterfront public space. Judges include AJ technical editor Fran Williams. The call for concepts – backed by Westminster City Council – aims to deliver an ‘experimental cross section’ which boosts public interest and engagement with the neglected canal towpath in the Harrow Road area of North Kensington. The winner will receive £30,000 to install their scheme in time for this year’s festival in June....

Thursday 14 February

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  • How the age of canal building returned to Lancashire lep.co.uk

    When a group of volunteers set about finishing a project first started more than 20 years ago they wrote their own pages in Lancashire’s history. Project chairman Cliff Fazackerley has written a new book charting the creation of the Ribble Link The Ribble Link owes its origin to the canal mania of more than 200 years ago, when the original Lancaster Canal was constructed. It was designed to run from the coalfields at Westhoughton, near Bolton, and continue through Preston and Lancaster to Kendal. ...

Tuesday 12 February

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  • £20,000 to restore Wappenshall Wharf shropshirestar.com

    The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust (SNCT), which is leading the campaign to redevelop Wappenshall Wharf near Telford, has received a £20,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in science, health, education and the arts and humanities. The money is a valuable boost to plans that will see the warehouses restored and a visitor centre created that will pay homage to Thomas Telford, Shropshire’s most celebrated civil engineer....

Monday 11 February

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  • Forth & Clyde canal bridge repairs ‘to last 30 years’ falkirkherald.co.uk

    Canal bridges at Twechar and Bonnybridge which have been out of order for more than a year will now be fully functional for up to three decades. That’s how long Scottish Canals expects crucial repairs to last on bridges whose faults have blocked boat traffic on the Forth and Clyde Canal since early last year. Work got underway on Monday, thanks to a £1,625m bail-out grant from the Scottish Government, and the canal will finally be able to fully reopen in spring ...

  • Youngsters rescued from canal after taking out boat without any oars bristolpost.co.uk

    Three youths had to be rescued from the Bath canal this weekend. The youths were rescued by firefighters from Bath Fire Station on 9th February after they went out onto the water in a boat which didn’t have any oars....

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