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Tuesday 5 April

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  • MK's Record Canal Clean-up waterways.org.uk

    Over 12 tons of rubbish was recovered from the 10 miles of the Grand Union Canal running through Milton Keynes over the weekend 1st -3rd April by the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA MK Branch), working in partnership with British Waterways (BW) and the Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd (WSC). This biggest haul ever from the twice-yearly cleanups organised by the IWA MK Branch included two telescopic sighted rifles, a blown safe, 22 shopping trolleys, 38 bicycles, a sunken metal dinghy, 9 mattresses, wheels, tyres, scaffold poles, TVs, fridges , a motor cycle and so on - you name it we found it in the canal by grappling from the back of the towed big collecting workboat and the bank. Then there were some 30 black sacks we filled from rubbish collected from the towpath and adjacent hedgerow between Fenny Stratford and Wolverton. ...

Sunday 3 April

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  • NABO 2011 Cost of Boating Survey nabo.org.uk

    The National Association of Boat Owners (NABO) has launched its annual Cost Of Boating Survey. NABO says the survey is open to all boat owners, not just NABO members, and should only take 10 minutes to complete. It will them with valuable information when speaking on behalf of boaters with British Waterways, the Environment Agency, government departments and other agencies. ...

Saturday 2 April

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  • Jonathan Raban on England's Canals online.wsj.com

    Acclaimed writer and cultural observer Jonathan Raban tackles the British inland waterways: Whenever I fall to daydreaming about the English landscape, I see it from the stern of a canal boat, tiller in hand, the diesel engine churring underfoot. At this speed (about 3.5 miles per hour) it seems to be the land that moves: hills climb, valleys deepen, fields swivel around you as the canal hugs a contour. That unruly hedge, where the hawthorn is white with blossom alongside the hazel, ash, alder, oak and holly, was likely planted by Saxons in the 9th century—you can tell by the number of species in it. Those long parallel bars of shadow, cast by the early evening sun on a close-nibbled sheep pasture, are relics of "ridge and furrow" medieval farming....

Thursday 31 March

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Monday 28 March

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  • Girl wins World Pooh Sticks Championships bbc.co.uk

    A nine-year-old girl from Oxfordshire has won the individual prize in the World Pooh Sticks Championships. Saffron Sollitt, from Wallingford, beat 500 other competitors from around the globe at Days Lock in Little Wittenham, near Abingdon, on the River Thames....

  • Famous Chelsea residential river moorings for sale propertywire.com

    The iconic Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company residential houseboat moorings, off Cheyne Walk in London, one of the capital’s most exclusive riverside address, is for sale on the open market for the first time since the business was established in 1935. The vendors are inviting offers in the region of £4.75 million for the 59 residential moorings and the associated boatyard business on the River Thames between Battersea Bridge and Lots Road....

  • End of the road for a key project worcesternews.co.uk

    More than three decades of community-led campaigning will come to fruition this summer with the official opening of Droitwich’s newly restored canal....

  • Castle Mill Stream safety project helps boaters oxfordmail.co.uk

    Work was completed yesterday on controversial safety work on an Oxford waterway. The £90,000 project on the Castle Mill Stream, near Isis Lock in the city centre was started in November. But while the work has been welcomed as positive by some, critics have described it as unnecessary. British Waterways has teamed up with the Environment Agency on a number of changes in the area, which included a new landing platform. Yesterday a series of booms were stretched out to stop boats from getting swept downstream towards the weir....

Friday 25 March

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  • Bristol Docks auctions dozens of abandoned boats thisisbristol.co.uk

    Dozens of boats which have been abandoned in Bristol's docks are set to be sold at auction. Among the vessels left moored in the Floating Harbour include a 41ft-long narrow boat, a 26ft-long sailing yacht and a wooden cabin cruiser. Bristol City Council will put the boats up for sale unless their owners collect them within the next seven days. ...

Thursday 24 March

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  • Call to postpone [Cotswold] canal project to save services hit by cuts in Wotton gazetteseries.co.uk

    Postpone the multi-million pound canal project to save local services, that is the plea being made by residents of Wotton-under-Edge. At the Annual Parish Assembly residents and town councillors voted to write to Stroud District Council to request the authority defer the £33 million canal restoration project, of which over £25 million is external funding, to put money back into communities hit by the cuts. Town mayor Dr John Cordwell said almost everyone at the meeting agreed that the canal would not have any benefits for Wotton and the money would be better spent helping the town through the Government cuts....

  • Shut bridge hits butcher keighleynews.co.uk

    A Riddlesden trader is furious after a bridge which gives many people access to his premises was shut without warning. Ian Hewitt, who owns the butcher’s shop in Bar Lane, said he arrived for work on Monday morning to find the Bar Lane bridge over the Leeds-Liverpool Canal had suddenly been closed. Cars and pedestrians were instead using the Granby Lane bridge. A spokesman for British Waterways apologised, but said the swing bridge’s motor needed urgent repairs. Mr Hewitt argued this fault had not been an emergency, so businesses and residents should have been given some advance notice....

  • Blow-up barrier plan to stop Leeds floods yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    Two deflatable weirs on the River Aire, which could be lowered at times of heavy rainfall, form the centrepiece of a radical plan to prevent a devastating flood in Leeds. The Environment Agency is examining a £10m proposal to transform the weirs at Knostrop in Cross Green and Crown Point Bridge in Hunslet into moveable flood barriers. The flood risk facing Leeds is exacerbated by a series of weirs along the River Aire, which keep the river’s water level artificially high to allow easier navigation by boats. ...

Wednesday 23 March

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  • Docklands cable cars given green light wharf.co.uk

    The go-ahead has been given to the planned Thames Cable Car linking Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks. The Greater London Authority gave final permission for the scheme which will carry up to 2,500 passengers an hour between The O2 arena and Excel....

  • Ellesmere Port waterfront vision unveiled attractionsmanagement.com

    A partnership including Peel Land and Property; the Waterways Trust; and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWCC) has unveiled its new vision for Ellesmere Port's waterfront. The consortium is working alongside the Ellesmere Port Development Board to regenerate the area and to promote it as a destination for residents, tourists and visitors. Plans for the waterfront include improving the existing Docks Conservation Area, which is to bring new activity to "underutilised and an often under-appreciated" asset. At the heart of the conservation area is the National Waterways Museum, with the planned improvements designed to open up access and enhance public space....

Monday 21 March

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  • New IWA North Riding branch launched yorkpress.co.uk

    A new branch of the Inland Waterways Association has been set up as a guardian of waterways in North and East Yorkshire. The North Riding Branch, which is the first new branch to be set up in ten years, will cover waterways from Goole in the east, Ripon in the west and north as far as Newcastle. ...

  • K& A Canal Trust Devizes HQ shock thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has to move out of the canal centre on Devizes Wharf or face repairs amounting to £500,000. The Wharf Centre, thought to be 200 years old, houses the trust museum and shop but has been suffering structural problems for some time. ...

Thursday 17 March

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  • Whitton man fined £327 for using boat without a license on the Thames richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

    A boater caught using his boat on the River Thames without a valid registration has been fined £327. Gavin Harwood, 34, of Gosling Road, Whitton, was slapped with the fine after Environment Agency lock and weir Keeper Peter McLellan spotted the boat, named Quadrille Lady, without a valid registration at Teddington lock last October....

Thursday 10 March

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  • Love struck swans reunited after roadside fight shropshirestar.com

    Two love-struck swans from a Shropshire canal who were separated, sparking a bird fight in the middle of a county street, have been reunited and allowed back into the water. Albert and Mildred, residents of Newport canal, were separated after she was taken to Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire for treatment on her foot. Albert, pining for his partner, went all over Newport looking for her and, in a case of mistaken identity, cosied up to another female swan, Sarah, at Cheney Hill island in the town. This sparked a feud between Albert and Sarah’s partner Louis, and the pair ended up fighting on the B5062 into Edgmond on February 25. ...

  • Houseboaters being 'socially cleansed' from Olympics area guardian.co.uk

    Houseboat residents near the Olympic development site in east London are accusing British Waterways of an attempt at "social cleansing". They say proposed changes to rules for living on the canals before the 2012 Games could force hundreds of people from their water-based homes....

  • Warning to anglers after pylon danger signs stolen from Coventry Canal coventrytelegraph.net

    A warning has been issued to anglers after pylon danger signs were stolen from the Coventry Canal. British Waterways says 20 signposts have disappeared from the banks of the canal between Coventry and Nuneaton in the past week. The red triangular signs warn of overhead power lines which can deliver a fatal electric shock if touched by metal or carbon fibre fishing rods. ...

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