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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....

Monday 10 September

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  • Canal Boat Crew heading to Bromsgrove, Alvechurch, Droitwich and Worcester for jamming sessions with the locals bromsgrovestandard.co.uk

    The Canal Boat Crew will once again be heading to several pubs in Worcestershire for jamming sessions with the locals for a fortnight from 15th September. The 'crew' are a group of eight happy-go-lucky friendly musicians and singers. Each year they hire a canal boat for a couple of weeks, wandering the waterways and playing in pubs in free jam sessions every night. It's all very informal, and the exact composition of the group varies from year to year. Indeed, they don't always know each other before they hire, and they aren't a band as such. To the pubs they play in they are just customers who pre-book a corner of a saloon bar, turn up, and play and drink. And they invite others to turn up as well. They've cruised various parts of the network over the years. This year they settled on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. The group has been organised for several years by musician and boater Neil Cardwell, who says: "Everybody is welcome to go along and enjoy themselves by singing, playing or just listening. Although officially an acoustic night, we allow small amps for bass instruments." For more information, including their exact itinerary, look on Facebook for 'Canal Boat Crew'. ...

Friday 7 September

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  • Another Lift Bridge closes on Scots canals scottishcanals.co.uk

    Deterioration at Leamington Lift Bridge on the Union Canal in Edinburgh has reached such an extent that we do not consider the structure to be safe to operate and presents a risk to both boaters and members of the public. Unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to close the bridge and restrict access to the area around the bridge whilst we identify a means of making the structure safe. This is one of our high risk assets and has been identified in our Asset Management Plan as a priority for 2018/19. We anticipate works taking place over the next 2-3 months to allow us to firstly remove the restriction to members of the public, whilst also looking for a long term solution to restore the bridge allowing both pedestrian and boat traffic to be accommodated. Customers are advised to follow the diversion around Lochrin Basin....

Thursday 6 September

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  • Montgomery Canal bridge 'could collapse' mywelshpool.co.uk

    A Grade II listed accommodation bridge on the Montgomery Canal, near Welshpool, needs urgent works carried out or it is in danger of collapsing. The Luggy Bridge is on the central navigable section, south of Welshpool and near Berriew Aqueduct. It carries a lane from the A483 trunk road between Welshpool and Newtown to the Upper Luggy Farmhouse near the Horseshoes Inn at Berriew. After consultation with Powys County Council (PCC), The Canal and River Trust has already decided that repairs to the bridge are needed to prevent it collapsing, as it is the only means of access to the farm....

  • Adam and his donkey Martin embark on epic adventure lep.co.uk

    One man and his donkey are embarking on an epic trip – from Cape Wrath in Scotland to Land’s End by canal towpath. Adam Lee and his donkey Martin are aiming to travel the length of the country, sticking to the historic network of canal towpaths. They have now reached Lancashire and are enjoying the scenery on the Lancaster Canal, which runs from Kendal down to Preston. ...

Friday 31 August

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  • Take a walk to see the Pocklington Canal's hidden gems yorkpress.co.uk

    Free guided walks are being held to give people an insight into Pocklington Canal’s varied past. The walks vary in length to cater for amblers to ramblers, and vary between restored and unrestored sections of the canal. The Canal & River Trust has helped set up a regular walking programme of two walks per month as part of a broader project funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund....

  • Boy, 12, poses with loaded sawn-off shotgun after pulling it from canal while magnet fishing thesun.co.uk

    Parents Scott and Mary Hargood had taken McKenzie, 12, and his two brothers magnet fishing at their local canal in Oldbury, West Mids on Sunday when he made the discovery. The youngster posed with the weapon for pictures at home as his family were unaware that it was still loaded and could have gone off at any second. ...

Monday 30 April

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Friday 27 April

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  • Wakeboarders filmed on the Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross camdennewjournal.com

    Daredevil wakeboarders have been tearing along the Regent’s Canal dragged by a petrol-powered winch. The men were filmed skimming along the surface of the water in King’s Cross on Wednesday evening. It has sparked a debate about whether the canal can accommodate such thrill-seeking antics and what the impacts might be on the resident waterfowl population. The Canal and River Trust, which manages the waterways, did not condone the activity and said it raised a number of dangers to people and wildlife....

Monday 23 April

New CRT Logo Leaked

In spite of assertions that it would remain top secret, images of the brand new Canal & River Trust logo have emerged online, and are causing quite a stir.

The new logo forms the centrepiece of the trust’s rebranding programme, which is to be launched at the end of May and aims to “accelerate growth in awareness of, and broaden support for, the trust.” 

Since being posted online, the logo has drawn sharp criticism, with many people suggesting that the old symbol – depicting a swan in front of a canal bridge – didn’t need changing. On Waterways World’s Facebook page, several members branded the logo “a waste of money”, and argued that its design costs would be better spent on maintaining the waterways system. 

However, the trust has stated that the rebrand is based on focus group feedback, involving “customers, volunteers, staff, supporters” and, crucially it feels, “those who currently have little involvement with the waterways.” 

Furthermore, it emphasises that, “No new money has been spent on developing the updated look, it has been paid for through the existing marketing budget”. The trust also adds that in an effort to keep costs down, “the new look and feel will be rolled out gradually over two to three years in many cases, and when things needs replacing”. 

So what are you thoughts on the new logo? Please let us know. 

Bobby Cowling  | 4.45pm | add a comment

Sunday 15 April

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  • Scottish boaters are angry at Scottish ministers express.co.uk

    The boating community up and down the Forth & Clyde Canal are angry at Scottish ministers for effectively leaving them stranded. Earlier this year they were told two road bridges, built as part of the Millennium Links project to revitalise the waterway and join it with Union Canal, were faulty and would be closed indefinitely, halting any coast to coast through traffic. Additionally, a pedestrian bridge, in Glasgow’s Knightswood, is broken, meaning vessels moored in Bowling cannot get up the channel....

Monday 9 April

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  • Cleared canal offers alternative commute bbc.co.uk

    A commuter has started paddling to his office by kayak after the land-locked stretch of canal near his home in Gloucestershire was cleared of trees. Tom Hards ditched his bus commute in December and now paddles three miles from Stroud to his job in Stonehouse. The last section of the 6-mile (9km) Stroudwater Navigation was cleared by volunteers just after Christmas....

  • Concerns over Forth & Clyde Canal future as repair bills mount up scotsman.com

    Two major Scottish canals re-opened after decades of dereliction at a cost of £80 million could revert to a “stagnant ditch” because of lack of maintenance, boaters fear. Three bridges that open to let boats through are out of action on the Forth & Clyde Canal because of safety concerns. Scottish Canals has admitted it has insufficient funds to fully repair them. ...

Wednesday 28 March

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  • Stoke school's new library boat stokesentinel.co.uk

    Hundreds of children are set to embark on reading adventures after a unique library boat docked at their primary school. The 50ft narrow boat made its 'maiden voyage' on 6th March when it arrived at The Crescent Academy, in Meir, on the back of a lorry and was lifted into its new ‘mooring’ – a sunken plot of land overlooking pupils’ classrooms....

  • Middlewich canal collapse brought to life through 3D technology middlewichguardian.co.uk

    A drone user has stitched together a 3D rendering of last week's dramatic canal embankment collapse. The breach, along the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, has caused an estimated £2 million to £3 million worth of damage. John Bancroft, who sent the stunning images shown above to the Guardian, has used a drone and Drone Deploy software to provide a three-dimensional picture of the damage....

Monday 26 March

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  • Canal breach will not impact Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival says council middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Middlewich Town Council is assisting in the response to a huge canal breach and says preparations for the upcoming FAB Festival will not be affected. Town clerk Jonathan Williams says the breach, on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, is being handled positively and professional by the Canal and River Trust. He said: "Middlewich Town Council is working closely with the Canal and River Trust to ensure that the Trust’s expertise and the Council’s local knowledge and contacts combine to find solutions and a way forward following the breach on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union....

Tuesday 30 January

No transfer of EA waterways to CRT

The transfer of Environment Agency waterways to Canal & River Trust control will not now take place, at least for the foreseeable future. 

In a letter to CRT in January, the Department for Food, Agriculture & Rural Affairs said it was “not minded” to go ahead with the transfer, after terms could not be agreed on the limits of control and financing. 

The proposal for CRT to take on navigational responsibility of the Thames, the Anglian rivers and some other waterways has been under discussion ever since the trust was launched in 2012.

Recently talks have accelerated, and there was hope an agreement would be made this year. IWA sources said the Environment Agency was thought to be in favour of handing over its navigational responsibilities to CRT. 

But Defra seemed sceptical, with a spokesperson announcing: “The Canal & River Trust’s outline proposal has not matched our ambitions in two key areas - value for public money and efficient management of the waterways." 

However, he added that talks have not been broken off. 

“The Government remains open to a revised proposal from CRT, and the Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, has offered a further meeting with the Trust,” the statement concluded. 
Defra strongly denied a rumour we had earlier reported, that one reason for the breakdown was that it “has its hands full with Brexit”. 

CRT said it was disappointed, with a trust spokesman saying: “We remain convinced that the transfer would be in the wider public interest. It would deliver the real essence of value for taxpayers, and benefits for the users of these waterways while securing the long-term future of the navigations themselves.”

 The Inland Waterways Association also echoed CRT’s sentiments. “We are extremely disappointed to hear from the Environment Agency that Defra has been unable to agree CRT’s recent proposal for taking over the navigations run by EA. 

"IWA believes that a transfer of EA navigations remains the best way to ensure the future of these waterways with the minimum impact on the public purse.”

The River Thames Society, for its part, welcomed the decision. It has argued against the transfer of control and for the retention of one management body for the non-tidal Thames. 

RIver Thames Society chairman Peter Finch said, “We very much hope the long period of uncertainty is finally over, that all resources can now be devoted to river maintenance and improvement, while we continue to press for increased core funding.”

A CRT source said talks continue with Surrey and Hampshire County councils on its proposed takeover of the Basingstoke Canal, the next most likely candidate for transfer.

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Thursday 4 January

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Thursday 21 December

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  • CRT in middle of smoke row between London boaters and local residents hackneygazette.co.uk

    Boater Matthew Nicholls is robustly defending a claim that smoke from barges on the River Lea is getting up neighbours’ noses. “It’s no good persecuting us because we are trying to live on our boats. Why don’t you go out on the streets and persecute all the diesel trucks?” Erika Jones says she expected such a response, which is she’s got in touch with the Canal and River Trust and Hackney Council’s pollution team. Her complaint is about the fumes wafting into her flat in Watermint Quay, Stamford Hill, from the vessels moored outside....

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