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Tuesday 4 November

Today's news from the web

  • Canal teams clear tree hazard in Wales waterscape.com

    The weight of a heavy overnight snowfall brought down a number of old trees at two locations along the Llangollen Canal – between Chirk Tunnel and Chirk Marina, and at Fron Bridge near Llangollen – closing sections of towpath. ...

  • Latest pictures of Liverpool Link penninewaterways.co.uk

    The section of the Liverpool Canal Link that passes through Pier Head is now in water. The Liverpool Canal Link is on schedule to open to navigation around Easter 2009. ...

Monday 3 November

Today's news from the web

  • New-look Pier Head re-opens in Liverpool waterscape.com

    The first phase of an £8m scheme to build a new canal at Liverpool’s world-renowned Pier Head has been opened to the public. ...

  • Credit crunch could spell trouble for canal bucksherald.co.uk

    Mp for Aylesbury, David Lidington has spoken out over reports that the location of the town's canal basin could put at risk urban regeneration projects. ...

  • Canalside handbag to be restored shropshirestar.com

    A chainsaw artist who lives in America has returned to Mid Wales to restore a piece of work he completed six years ago. ...

  • Kidderminster waterside renaissance kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    Consultation on the future regeneration plans for Kidderminster were launched this week and one of the key themes being considered is how the canal can be more effectively used for recreation and commerce. ...

  • Boat fire halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Fire crews were called to a barge fire on Saturday night. No one was on board the boat, which Halifax crew manager Neil Andrews described as "devastated" by the fire. ...

  • Canal life award examiner.co.uk

    Waterways worker Fred Carter has celebrated 40 years working on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Standedge. ...

  • Lune Aqueduct to undergo £3m makeover waterscape.com

    British Waterways (BW) held a public consultation on Thursday 30 October at the Maritime Museum in Lancaster, to discuss the forthcoming makeover of the Lune Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal. ...

  • Rochdale Canal needs Government support, says MP rochdaleonline.co.uk

    Rochdale’s MP Paul Rowen has spoken out about the failure of the Government to provide long overdue funding for the Rochdale Canal. ...

  • Stourbridge Canal expected to re-open for Christmas waterscape.com

    Providing the planned work stays on schedule the breach site is expected to be fully re-opened in time for Christmas 2008. ...

  • European development funding goes a long way at Pudding Green waterscape.com

    Pudding Green Canal Junction, which forms part of the Wednesbury Old Canal, has recently undergone a well-deserved facelift. ...

  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct waits on World Heritage Site outcome waterscape.com

    The mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct faces a tense nine month wait before hearing whether it will join an exclusive club of world heritage sites. ...

  • Volunteers brush the cobwebs off the Grand Union Canal waterscape.com

    The Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes is due to receive a special Halloween clean up as members of the Inland Waterways Association Milton Keynes branch (IWA), sponsored by Wyvern Shipping and supported by British Waterways (BW), take to the towpath this weekend to clean up the canal. ...

Friday 24 October

Today's news from the web

  • Time to downsize canalside towers? thecnj.co.uk

    London Mayor Boris Johnson’s spokesman on the waterways this week added his voice to a call for the ditching of plans for two Centre Point-style tower blocks overlooking Regent’s Canal at the Angel. ...

  • Canal repairs to cost £750,000 stourbridgenews.co.uk

    Vital work to the Stourbridge Canal is expected to be completed by Christmas with repairs to cost in the region of £750,000. ...

  • Life continues at 40 waterscape.com

    British Waterways (BW) is calling on visitors, old and new, to help celebrate the vibrancy of today’s 2,200 mile waterway network by contributing their holiday memories to a giant virtual scrapbook. ...

Thursday 23 October

Mooring vacancies to become eBay-style auctions

British Waterways has announced that the "mooring tenders" system is to be modified to become an open auction, in a similar vein to the well-known eBay auction website.

Boaters bidding on moorings will be able to see the current high bid and make their own bids accoridngly. The new system is expected to go live in the first half of 2009 after software changes have been made to BW's auction website.

BW chief executive Robin Evans also said several further refinements were being considered. "We have gained useful insights from the consultation," he said, "which has influenced our decision to use the web-based system to allocate vacancies at fixed prices in some situations - e.g. when a new site opens with multiple vacancies. We will also be looking at the trade's suggestion to offer use of the site to private mooring operators for advertising their vacancies, and even to facilitate short term mooring exchanges (or mooring swaps) between customers. A further idea we will consider is to advertise vacancies on a metre by metre rather than per berth basis."

For those with an existing BW mooring, the price they pay will now be reviewed every three years rather than every year, with "cost inflation" increases in the intervening years.

The full report can be seen at http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/mooringconsultation08 .

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.03am | add a comment

IWA quickly expresses opposition to BW announcement

That didn't take long: the Inland Waterways Association has come out strongly against BW's new mooring plans.

Roger Squires, chairman of IWA's Navigation Committee, said:

"IWA is diametrically opposed to the line being taken by British Waterways. We have said we are against open auctions and cannot see the need for them when every other operator in the market place, including their own marina operation BWML, uses a fixed price list. This uses the system of comparables used by Estate Agents and is seen by all as a tried and tested and transparent system.
"I am additionally concerned that research conducted into online auctions suggests that often people are drawn into the need to 'win at all costs' and through this process may end up bidding more than they can afford or originally intended."

Richard Fairhurst  | 1.01pm | add a comment

Today's news from the web

  • Villagers call for canal trust to tear down bridge barriers midhurstandpetworth.co.uk

    More than 600 villagers in Loxwood have signed a petition calling on the Wey and Arun Canal Trust (WACT) to tear down the barriers over its new canal bridge which they claim are a 'blot on the landscape'. ...

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