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Monday 27 March

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  • Drugs squad officers raid a canal boat in Leamington coventrytelegraph.net

    A flat and a canal boat were raided by drugs squad officers in Leamington. Officers used battering rams to force their way in to the building in Clapham Terrace and the barge, which was moored on the nearby Grand Union Canal. Police suspected dealers selling drugs such as crack, heroin, cocaine and cannabis were living at the flat and storing drugs on the boat....

  • Hereford and Gloucester canal plans are a 'pipe dream' say residents theforester.co.uk


  • Further plans for Stover Canal revealed middevonadvertiser.co.uk

    Plans are in place for further restoration work to Stover Canal. Significant progress has been made over the last year preparing the basin at Ventiford for potential re-watering. Members of the Stover Canal Trust were told at the annual general meeting, by chairman John Pike, that while he acknowledged the site looked ‘like a building site’ at present, future plans include landscaping in mitigation for the loss of vegetation....

Wednesday 22 February

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  • Local residents 'hound narrowboater' out of Huddersfield Canal visitor mooring examiner.co.uk

    A village canal mooring is a no-go for narrowboaters after a row about noise, a couple have claimed. Gill and Phil Fisher say they were “hounded out” of Milnsbridge despite parking up in an official overnight zone. The couple, who normally live at Aspley Marina in Huddersfield, had to stop in Milnsbridge after their journey to Slaithwaite was scuppered by a blocked lock further up the canal. ...

Monday 20 February

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  • Police aim to solve a 60-year-old Scottish canal murder mystery heraldscotland.com

    A final effort to find the remains of sschoolgirl Moira Anderson, who vanished 60 years ago, will begin on a 100-metre stretch of the Monkland Canal next month. An unprecedented police operation involving teams of scientists and forensic experts from around the UK will conclude with a step-by-step search of six possible sites where Moira, who was 11, might have been hidden. The canal will be the starting point as it has the strongest evidential link to Moira and to a man who matches the description of her likely killer, the late Alexander Gartshore....

  • Canalside walk ruined by choking fumes from London's boats islingtontribune.com

    Something’S wrong when walking along Copenhagen Street on a forecast high-air-pollution day with a toddler in a buggy is considered the healthier alternative to a Regent’s Canal-side stroll, west from Angel Tunnel to King’s Cross Granary Square. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday. Fortunately, as gambled, road traffic was low in comparison to the endless weekday flow. The previous day’s walk in the opposite direction was ruined by diesel and wood-burning fumes – from the popular but polluting Word on the Water bookboat (apparently Stephen Fry is an admirer) as far as the tunnel....

  • Housing crisis: now it’s chaos on the canals islingtontribune.com

    Life on London's canals is becoming increasingly congested due to a massive increase in people seeking more affordable living spaces, boaters have warned. The capital’s housing crisis has led to a staggering 173 per cent increase in “continuous cruisers” in central London, which is putting enormous pressure on waterways. The Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross and Angel are among the most overcrowded areas....

Sunday 5 February

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Friday 27 January

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  • Canal boat lift takes place in conservation project bbc.co.uk

    The oldest narrow boat in the Canal and River Trust's collection has been lifted out of Gloucester Docks to be restored and displayed in a museum. Northwich, built in 1898, is an unpowered narrow boat which would have been towed or pulled by a horse. Steve Bagley, of the Canal and River Trust, said: "Caring for these vessels is not easy, their sheer size presents challenges." Three other boats lifted from the docks are being put into storage....

Tuesday 24 January

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  • A canal through Ledbury could mean fewer affordable homes ledburyreporter.co.uk

    People raised various concerns about Bloor Homes' plan for 625 homes to the north of Ledbury viaduct. Opponents say a proposed canal section would mean less affordable homes and be a safety hazard. They also said both plans would put pressure on the town's sewerage system. The restoration of the canal is part of plans to restore the Hereford to Gloucester Canal, a stretch of 34 miles, including a length through Ledbury. This stretch will need to be re-cut, because much of the original route of the canal has been built over....

Tuesday 3 January

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  • Business booming for trip boat over Pontcysyllte aqueduct newsnorthwales.co.uk

    The winter chill won’t be putting a halt to narrowboat entrepreneur Peter Jones driving his day-trippers over the “Stream in the sky”. Business is booming for Peter and his crew at Pontcysyllte as the famous aqueduct has enjoyed a surge in tourists in recent years – fuelled by its recognition as a World Heritage Site....

  • Scottish Canals plan boaters’ app to open bridges scotsman.com

    Boaters would be able to open canal bridges with their mobile phones under plans being considered for the Scottish network. The idea follows on from successful trials on the Gloucester & Sharpness canal. ...

Tuesday 13 December

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  • Fundraiser launched to help heartbroken couple whose boat sank into Regent’s Canal hackneygazette.co.uk

    A couple who spent seven months restoring their narrowboat lost everything in the space of 20 minutes when it sank into the Regent’s Canal. A crowdfunding campaign has now been set up to help Dylan Stockli and Jahne Cleaver, who have been living in a hostel since the heartbreaking ordeal on November 20. The pair frantically tried to rescue their belongings from their home after Dylan, 34, broke through rust while sweeping the floor....

  • Tamar's manure canal returns to nature theguardian.com

    A scheme to link Bude Haven on the north coast with the navigable Tamar had been abandoned, but this short section – the Tamar Manure Navigation Canal – was used for more than 100 years. Now the lock-keeper’s cottage is a private house on its island; cut granite blocks still define sides of the lock, but trees overgrow the canal and waterlogged paths, making it difficult to envisage the tramway that linked with lime kilns at Netstakes quay, just downriver....

Monday 5 December

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  • Fundraising appeal after narrowboat sinks in the Regent's Canal ybw.com

    After spending seven months restoring the narrowboat, Dylan Stockli and Jahne Cleaver watched helplessly as their home sank in the Regent's Canal in London. It was supposed to be their dream home, but Dylan Stockli and Jahne Cleaver’s narrowboat now lies partially sunk on the Regent’s Canal in London. The couple spent seven months restoring the boat, which took just 20 minutes to sink on 20 November 2016. Now Cleaver’s mother, Jeanette Cleaver, who lives in New Zealand, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and help the couple get back on their feet. Since the incident, the couple, who are both artists, have been staying in a hostel while they try to salvage what they can of their belongings. “Living in an uninsulated, run down narrowboat with no electricity, cooking facilities, running water or toilet, took its toll on them both physically and mentally. The small space, lack of comfort, and constant work became at times too much,” she said. So far, people have donated £80 towards the £10,000 target. ...

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/04/cyclists-mobile-phone-obsessives-turn-britains-tranquil-towpaths/ telegraph.co.uk

    They were once a haven of tranquility, providing town and city dwellers with an escape from urban stress and a welcome taste of rural solitude. But Britain's canal towpaths are now so popular they threaten to become a battleground of competing interests. With smart phone users engrossed in their screens, speeding cyclists, dog walkers and pram-pushing parents all negotiating a frequently narrow space, towpath collisions have become increasingly common....

Monday 21 November

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Monday 7 November

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  • 'It's like glimpsing an old couple holding hands': why I adore Great Canal Journeys theguardian.com

    Every December for the last few years, I have failed. Whenever the time comes to compile the Guardian’s best TV of the year list, I will inevitably put Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys near the top of my ballot and roar “Who’s with me?” at my colleagues like Braveheart on the battlefield. Then the list gets published, and Great Canal Journeys is nowhere to be seen, and I’ll slink away defeated....

Monday 17 October

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  • 100ft ‘Bigman’ statue by Kelpies sculptor earmarked for new canal bridge scotsman.com

    Plans for a new landmark canal bridge – which could include a giant human figure by Kelpies designer Andy Scott – are to be revived. The “Bigman” sculpture, more than 100ft high, was to have been the centrepiece of the Glasgow project before it was shelved during the recession. However, Scottish Canals has produced a new design for the bridge following the success of the Kelpies and nearby Falkirk Wheel boat lift. ...

Monday 3 October

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  • Fish Island on the Lee Navigation, "the new Shoreditch" telegraph.co.uk

    In a desolate corner of Tower Hamlets, east London, property developers have found a new gold mine. It is considered to be the new Shoreditch: a 50-acre tangle of industrial buildings and artists’ studios on a peninsula of land, surrounded by canals overlooking the Olympic Park. Surrounded by Rosie and Jim-style canal boats, it is the triangle where Hackney Cut meets the Hertford Union Canal and the River Lea. It was originally full of Victorian homes for workers in industries on the canal, but was then destroyed during the Blitz. Later, it was turned into light industrial buildings, for waste disposal and recycling....

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