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Monday 29 March

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  • Unfinished but locks to re-open gazetteandherald.co.uk

    The Caen Hill flight of locks near Devizes is to re-open to the public today despite a £500,000 programme of maintenace being unfinished as a result of the January freeze. ...

Thursday 25 March

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  • Bridge go ahead unlocks Burnley industrial park lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Negotiations have been ongoing between the developers of the sprawling Burnley Bridge business park, on the former Hepworth's site near Hapton, and Leeds-based property agents Eshton and a deal has now been reached. ...

Wednesday 24 March

24 March 2010: Independence Day

It's official - Britain's canals are to leave Government control after 62 years.

The 2010 Budget, delivered today, announced that British Waterways will be ‘mutualised' - probably as a charitable trust. The decision confirms BW's ambitions to join the third sector, first announced in May 2009, and promoted in Waterways World since the year before. The move is often described as ‘a National Trust for the waterways'.

The Treasury announcement states: “Government has concluded that it would be desirable to mutualise British Waterways in England and Wales, giving the waterways' users and the communities that live alongside a greater involvement in how they are managed.”

It agrees with BW that the “favoured option” is a charitable trust, which would hold the waterways on a long lease from Government, and manage their operation. The English and Welsh waterways would be included, but Scotland's waterways will be considered separately, and could remain under Edinburgh's control.

The exact shape of this trust, however, is not yet decided. The Government wants a structure in which “all users, local communities and other stakeholders [can] hold the new body to account”. It also says the structure must protect “waterway assets and the public benefits they bring, now and in the future”.

Exciting news - and though the road certainly won't be trouble-free on the way to a waterways charity, this could be just what the canals and rivers need. We'll have more details in May's WW.

Richard Fairhurst  | 3.22pm | 1 comment

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Tuesday 23 March

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Monday 22 March

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  • Caistor Canal to be partly restored? thisisgrimsby.co.uk

    On Caistor Canal, the works will see about 1.5km of waterway, from the old lock upstream of South Kelsey to the old lock downstream of the village, improved. This work will include the removal of several large sand bars that have washed down from the Lincolnshire Wolds. ...

  • River weed threatens punting cambridge-news.co.uk

    A RAPIDLY spreading water plant in the River Cam could cause devastation for wildlife – and could spell the end of the traditional pastime of punting if left unchecked. ...

Friday 19 March

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  • Kingfisher numbers in decline as harsh winter takes its toll timesonline.co.uk

    British Waterways is appealing to members of the public to look out for these birds. Mark Robinson, its national ecology manager, said that although nature was “pretty resilient” to events such as the hard winter, some species would be hard hit. ...

  • £300,000 appeal launched to reconstruct canal lock chichester.co.uk

    The Wey and Arun Canal Trust is set to launch an appeal for its latest project on its long journey towards restoring 'London's lost route to the sea'. Its plan to reconstruct the Southland Lock, just west of Loxwood, will further extend the navigable section of the waterway....

  • Boat opens up Olympic opportunities birminghampost.net

    The 70 ft long narrow boat will transport products via the Birmingham Canal network onto the Grand Union Canal towards London, where the boat will then travel via the Regent/Islington and Venice Canals to East London before taking goods into the Olympic site. ...

Thursday 18 March

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  • Chesterfield plan for canalside village sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk

    The £300m 'Chesterfield Waterside' project includes a canal basin, making use of the River Rother and Chesterfield Canal and restoring the canal network to create a fully navigable route. ...

Wednesday 17 March

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  • New heritage boatyard to be opened at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port ellesmereportpioneer.co.uk

    A NEW heritage boatyard is to be unveiled at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. Tony Hales, chairman of British Waterways, will officially open the boatyard which is to maintain and restore historic boats, develop and pass on heritage skills and engage museum visitors in the boat collection and its care. ...

  • Thames tideway moorers win a rethink over mooring hike richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

    The chief executive of the Port of London Authority (PLA), Richard Everitt, this week bowed to campaigners’ demands for a rethink into its charging policy. ...

  • Canal museum will go back to its old name northamptonchron.co.uk

    Bosses of the National Waterways Museum in Stoke Bruerne have decided to bring back the museum's original name after visitors said they wanted the focus of the venue to change. The Canal Museum was renamed the National Waterways Museum a number of years ago to link the venue up with other canal museums in Gloucester and Ellesmere Port. ...

  • Event is set to be sunk by repairs expressandstar.com

    A waterways heritage event, which attracts thousands of visitors to the Black Country, could become the latest casualty of reservoir repairs, it has emerged. Stourbridge Navigation Trust could be forced to pull the plug on its 25th anniversary Open Weekend in October following an announcement by British Waterways. ...

Tuesday 16 March

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  • Nantwich Road residents trapped due to blundering drivers middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Nantwich Road residents say they are fed up of lorries getting trapped under the canal bridge near their homes. ...

  • Referendum on Daventry canal arm northamptonchron.co.uk

    Residents in Daventry are to get a vote on plans to create a marina and canal in the town centre, after opponents of the controversial proposal forced a "historic" referendum. The Parish Poll, which will be held on Monday, March 22, will ask residents whether they support council plans to build a canal arm on the Eastern Way playing fields. ...

  • Liverpool and Manchester join forces for £50bn Atlantic Gateway along the Ship Canal liverpooldailypost.co.uk


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