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  • Two men each fined £440 for illegally fishing in Shropshire Union shropshirestar.com

    Dumitru Stancu, 24, and Adrian Diaconescu, 21, both of Newhampton Road West in Wolverhampton, were both caught without a fishing licence on the Shropshire Union Canal, and this week they were fined £440 each. They were found guilty at Telford Magistrates Court on Wednesday of using unlicensed rods and breaking a national bylaw of removing fish without permission, on June 3 of this year. Neither man appeared at court....

Thursday 29 November

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Tuesday 27 November

Derby Canal project to see cruises return to River Derwent

After an absence of about two decades, river cruises are set to return to the heart of Derby.

Derby City Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership have approved a grant of £55,000 to help the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust buy a trip-boat and construct a landing stage below Exeter Bridge.

The electrically powered boat will cruise a 1½-mile route to the weir at Darley Mills with the first cruises expected this summer.

The news came as the city council unveiled a longer-term plan for the city’s waterfront on 14th November. This would encourage riverside commercial developments, a marina and visitor moorings, and the long-proposed Derby Arm boat-lift. This giant tourist attraction, a latter-day Falkirk Wheel, would move boats from the restored canal at nearby Pride Park on to the Derwent. Locks would also be built through the two existing weirs, to make the river navigable far beyond Darley Mills.

“I am pleased the city council has embraced our long-standing idea of making the most of the river in the city centre, and finally giving Derby a waterfront,” said Chris Madge, director of the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust.

WW will examine developments on the restoration in more detail in an upcoming issue.

Andrew Denny  | 3.36pm | add a comment

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  • A new tunnel for the Chesterfield Canal at Norwood chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk

    The Chesterfield Canal Trust proposes that a new tunnel should be built at Norwood. This would go under the planned HS2 embankment as well as the M1 and run at the original tunnel level. ...

  • Why boat trips through Derby city centre could happen as early as next year derbytelegraph.co.uk

    Plans are being explored to launch boat trips on the River Derwent from Derby city centre as early as next year.

    Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust said it was in talks with Derby City Council to create a new visitor attraction for Derby as part of its longer-term plans to bring the city’s waterways back into use.

    Initially, the trips would run between the steps near Derby's Council House and the picturesque weir at Darley Abbey.


Tuesday 30 October

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  • Forth & Clyde Canal bridges to reopen in April 2019 b falkirkherald.co.uk

    Scottish Canals is to use part of a Scottish Government cash boost to fix two broken local canal bridges - but they won’t be open until April next year. Boat transits through the Bonnybridge and Twechar lift bridges on the Forth and Clyde Canal are suspended because of outstanding repairs - fuelling complaints from pressure group Keep Canals Alive! that the original aim of canal restoration is being badly compromised. ...

Thursday 25 October

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  • Disgust after memorial plaques stolen from benches on Bridgwater & Taunton canal somersetcountygazette.co.uk

    Emma Sears was walking along the canal path on Sunday (October 21) when she saw a man measuring a bench and he told her the plaques had been stolen. Images show rectangles of discoloured wood have been left on the benches in place of tributes to residents’ loved ones. "I think it is shocking that someone could be so low," Emma said. "The man I met on the path was taking measurements down to get the plaque replaced...

Tuesday 9 October

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  • Lancaster University study gives boost to canal towpath trail thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

    Sculpture trails, festivals, events and circular walks are among ideas for enhancing a towpath trail along the Lancaster Canal, according to new research. 0 comment The Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership (LCRP) set students the task of exploring what locals and potential visitors want from the new 27-mile pathway between Kendal and Lancaster. Six marketing students from Lancaster University did face-to-face interviews and an online survey with more than 350 people. Their findings confirmed there is "a huge appetite for a long-distance waterway path, linking communities along the route of the Lancaster Canal", said the LCRP....

Thursday 4 October

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  • "Four dogs a week plunge from 30ft Llangollen Canal 'danger wall' dailypost.co.uk

    Pet owners are being warned about a "dangerous wall" on the Llangollen Canal which sees a number of dogs plummet 30ft into people's gardens on a weekly basis. A homemade sign that has been put up near Llangollen Canal urges walkers to keep their dogs on a lead when passing a low parapet wall with a high drop the other side. It comes after mum, Kelly Davidson from Wirral was landed with a £7,000 vet bill after her Jackapoo, Marley fell, snapping his leg in three places. Now the 42-year-old is campaigning for more signs to give owners enough warning of the danger, after residents told her it happens all the time....

  • More paddler canal cleanups on L&L Canal wigantoday.net

    A group of stand-up paddle boarders descended on Wigan to clean up the canal. And between the eight of them they collected no fewer than 20 bags of rubbish in a one-mile stretch comprising 438 plastic bottles, 40 cans, 35 polystyrene chip trays and half a wheelbarrow. Paddlers removed rubbish from the waterway Other news: Wigan woman living in a Wendy House The group, SUP North, regularly runs clean-ups in their local paddling areas in Southport, engaging their members positively in the issue of plastic pollution in the waterways....

  • Vintage sports car ends up in Regent's Canal after being 'knocked by passing van' | London Evening Standard standard.co.uk


Thursday 27 September

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  • Heatwave causes a summer of leaks and cracks on Grand Western Canal devonlive.com

    Work is ongoing to repair several leaks in the Grand Western Canal as a result of the summer heatwave. The Canal Joint Advisory Committee which meet on Tuesday, October 2, issued a report saying that this summer’s prolonged dry weather and drying and cracking of surrounding soils has meant several leaks. The report said: “Leaks beside Minnows Touring Park and Tidcombe Bridge proved relatively straightforward to seal using the usual method of trenching beside the leak and backfilling with clay, but some others have been more complicated.”...

Monday 24 September

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  • Prisons boss takes the helm at under-fire Scottish Canals falkirkherald.co.uk

    Scottish Canals has appointed Catherine Topley as its new chief executive. She has been interim chief executive since June, following the departure of previous incumbent Steve Dunlop to Scottish Enterprise. Ms Topley, currently Director of Corporate Services at the Scottish Prison Service, takes the helm at a time when Scottish Canals is under pressure to invest more heavily in the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals. ...

  • Fallen tree capsizes canal boats near Rugby rugbyadvertiser.co.uk

    Firefighters were called out after a fallen tree capsized canal boats in Clifton Upon Dunsmore leaving people trapped inside. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service fire control began to receive 999 calls at 11.06pm last night (Thursday September 20) reporting a tree which had fallen onto two narrow boats at Clifton Wharf. The falling tree had caused one of the boats to tip onto its side. Two people were reported being trapped on the boat....

  • New daytrip narrowboat for Bridgwater & Taunton Canal bridgwatermercury.co.uk

    The Bridgewater & Taunton Canal will have its first commercially operating narrowboat for many years operating from next month. On 19th September the new 38ft SomerSun narrowboat was craned in at Bridgwater Docks, and moved to the Somerset Boat Centre in North Newton, where she will be operated from 7th October. ...

Friday 21 September

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  • Double decker Chorley cafe on the canal lep.co.uk

    A lot of people enjoy a coffee on a bus, but not many will have bought a flat white from the vehicle itself. But at Ellerbeck Narrowboats in Chorley a new canal side cafe has opened its doors – inside of a historic Leyland double-decker bus. ...

Thursday 20 September

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  • JCB digger rescued from Chichester Canal - Chichester Observer chichester.co.uk

    Boat trips along the Chichester Canal were interrupted yesterday when the pontoon holding a three-tonne digger sank, blocking canal boats from passing. A spokesman for Chichester Canal said that a company of divers were called in to dive into the canal and block air into the deflated pontoon below. Read more at: https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/jcb-digger-rescued-from-chichester-canal-1-8640288...

Thursday 13 September

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  • Blocks go down on the Shropshire Union Canal bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk

    Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers continued with channel shaping, lining and block laying on the Montgomery Canal Restoration Project between Pryces Bridge and Crickheath near Pant. Another 30 metres was completed over the weekend September 7 and 9....

  • Highest earner at Canal & River Trust was paid almost £220k last year thirdsector.co.uk

    The highest earner at the Canal and River Trust was paid almost £220,000 last year, with the charity earning a record income of almost £205m, its latest accounts show. Stuart Mills, chief investment officer at the charity, was paid £219,908 in the year to 31 March 2018, including performance-related pay of £26,385, according to the accounts. The accounts say this made Mills the highest earner at the charity, with its chief executive, Richard Parry, earning a total of £210,091 for the year....

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