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Friday 17 December

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  • Leeds canal rapist 'a danger to every woman' yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    A rapist who dragged a woman into bushes and attacked her as she jogged on a canal bank was told he may never be released from jail. David Taylor's attack on the 23-year-old victim was described as "every woman's nightmare" after he attacked her from behind and dragged her into bushes as she was running beside Leeds-Liverpool canal. Taylor, 48, then casually walked off leaving his victim bloodied and bruised but able to run to a passer-by for help after the attack on July 27....

  • Fishermen threaten to take Richmond Council to court over unauthorised boat moorings in Thames thisislocallondon.co.uk

    Fishermen have threatened to take legal action against the council if it fails to prosecute boaters who moor without authorisation on the Thames. The Thames Anglers’ Conservancy claimed about 47 boats moored regularly without authorisation between Teddington and Staines. The group claimed it was preparing to take Richmond Council to court for not enforcing byelaws and depriving anglers of their enjoyment of the river. James Page, of the Thames Anglers’ Conservancy, said other authorities had successfully prosecuted the boaters, but Richmond Council said it did not have the powers to take action. ...


Thursday 16 December

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  • Petition against plans to demolish historic boathouses maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    A petition has been set up objecting to plans to demolish an historic set of boathouses on the banks of the River Thames. Members of the Brocas Residents' Group are calling for Royal Borough planners to refuse permission to knock down The Rafts to make way for a 16-property development by Bewley Homes. Campaigners say they are in a conservation area, depict the college's boating history and meet six out of 10 of English Heritage's criteria for preservation ...

  • Upper Mills Bridge should be ready by Christmas stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    Work on the new £500,000 Upper Mills Bridge over the Stroudwater canal in Stonehouse is now well underway, with completion on schedule for Christmas. The project will see the existing swing bridge replaced with a new fixed bridge, leading from the A419 into the Upper Mills Industrial Estate. Completion of the bridge will enable Stroud District Council to dredge the canal between Ocean Bridge and Ryeford after engineering firm Britannia has re-aligned and widened the stretch. ...

  • Jericho set for multi-million pound development oxfordmail.co.uk

    Jericho could soon be home to a new public square, with shops, cafes and a new community centre looking out onto the canal. The ambitious plans are detailed in a multi-million pound proposal that has just been unveiled by a city community group, Jericho Living Heritage Trust It says the money to create this vision for the boatyard site will be possible with donations and a £2m grant from the Community builders fund. ...

  • Bingley Locks get early Christmas present waterscape.com

    Bingley Five Rise on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is getting an early Christmas present this year after the Transport Trust chose it as one of its most significant sites of transport heritage – the first of its kind in Yorkshire. A ‘Red Wheel’ plaque will be erected on Thursday 16 December on the old lock keepers hut by the side of the Bingley Five Rise in recognition of it being the ‘steepest lock staircase in Britain’. ...

  • Online petition to rescue Royal Iris nears 2,000 supporters wirralglobe.co.uk

    An on-line campaign to rescue the Royal Iris from its ignominious existence in the mud of the River Thames, has attracted more than 1,900 supporters. Earlier this year the half-sunk Mersey ferry boat was boarded by the RNLI after police suspected that people may have been on board. They found the boat was in poor condition with water swamping the vessel up to the level of the deck. Ex Liverpool photographer Dave Wood, who now lives in Luton, started the on-line rescue bid after visiting the mooring. ...


Tuesday 14 December

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  • Wind turbines set for college campus expressandstar.com

    A scheme for two 413ft high wind turbines at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston campus has been given the go ahead by a planning inspector. The college appealed after South Staffordshire District Council turned down the planning application in April for the green belt site. Penkridge resident Bevan Craddock, who objected to the scheme, said the turbines would be built on the Rodbaston estate very close to the M6 Motorway, the canal, and within 1km of the ancient heronry at Gailey and 1km of the local microlight airstrip at Pillaton....


Monday 13 December

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  • Museum plan for Ark Royal attractionsmanagement.com

    Discussions are taking place on plans to preserve HMS Ark Royal and keep the ship at the Royal Docks in east London. Under proposals being considered by the Major of London, the aircraft carrier would become a museum and visitor attraction similar to HMS Belfast, currently anchored in the River Thames near Tower Bridge. ...

  • Wilts & Berks Canal Partnership Wichelstowe in water wiltsandberkscanal.org.uk

    New stretch of Wilts & Berks Canal in water in Dec 2010...

  • West Cheshire College students restoring canal barge to its former glory iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk

    A group of construction students have embarked on an exciting new project at the National Waterways Museum, restoring one of the canal barges to its former glory. The students, who are all taking the painting and decorating BTEC diploma at West Cheshire College, began working at the Ellesmere Port museum at the beginning of October and as well as the barge have been renovating and painting windows, doors, toilets and machinery....


Sunday 12 December

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  • Victory for canal protesters menmedia.co.uk

    The residents of Trafford Grove and surrounding streets were concerned that a £250,000 Bridgewater Canal regeneration project, which would have opened up the canal to their children at both Cross Street and Radnor Street, would also have changed the area for the worse. After their plight was featured in The Advertiser, the residents signed petitions and wrote protest letters to Trafford Council to make them aware of the strength of public opposition to the plans. Now the owner of the Bridgewater Canal, Peel Holdings, has ditched plans making it clear it withdrew because of the strength of feeling among residents ...


Saturday 11 December

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  • Search for Santa in the Dudley caverns stourbridgenews.co.uk

    Children can go searching for Santa in a magical underground world in the illuminated Dudley caverns. Dudley Canal Trust is hosting the trips every half a hour over the next two weekends - 11, 12 and 18 and 19. During the trip families will travel by barge into the decorated caverns to watch the pantomime Cinderella being performed in the Singing Cavern. ...

  • Iconic volunteer post available on the River Trent waterscape.com

    For the first time British Waterways in the East Midlands is recruiting volunteers to be Seasonal Lock Keepers, working at a selection of scenic locks on the River Trent between Newark and Nottingham. The ideal Volunteer Lock Keeper will have an interest in the waterways, enjoy meeting people and like the sound of spending time outdoors in beautiful surroundings. They will be working from March until October and will ideally be able to offer two days a week, though this is flexible. No prior experience is necessary – successful applicants will receive full induction, training and a uniform to equip them for their new role as ‘the face of the waterway’. ...

  • Plans outlined for Wittenham Clumps reserve oxfordmail.co.uk

    Major changes to a two-mile stretch of the River Thames are among ambitious plans for Oxfordshire’s most visited open space. The 700-acre Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Wood near Didcot will benefit from a 500-acre expansion into neighbouring North Farm following a £6m deal. ...


Thursday 9 December

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  • Snow stops Caen Hill tree planting kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    The tree planting by pupils from Devizes and Rowde School on the Caen Hill Flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal planned for 3rd December has been postponed because of the snow....


Wednesday 8 December

Today's news from the web

  • Woman rescued from River Ribble thesun.co.uk

    A woman swims for her life after falling into a freezing river trying to save her dog. As she edged across the ice towards her stricken labrador retriever, it caved in and she plunged into the icy water. ...


Tuesday 7 December

Today's news from the web

  • Hundreds of barges stuck in ice in Staffordshire bbc.co.uk

    More than 350 narrow boats are stuck in the ice at a Staffordshire marina. The boats, moored at Barton Marina, near Burton-upon-Trent, have been stuck for days as temperatures have largely remained below freezing. It means boats temporarily moored at the site have been unable to move, while permanent residents have faced problems such as frozen tap water. ...

  • YouTube - PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT ICE STOPPAGE youtube.com

    Alan Wilding takes a look at how the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is faring during the grip of winter 2010 and finds ice both inside and outside the cast iron trough....

  • Artist needs your help with model of old Shobnall burtonmail.co.uk

    An artist and model maker is hoping recreate a famous Burton scene in time for the return of a national canal festival and is asking people for their memories. David WrightDavid Wright, of Dovedale Models, will be creating a model centrepiece when the Inland Waterways Association’s Festival brings thousands of visitors to the town in July...


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