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Monday 14 January

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  • Narrowboat moved to mystery location in order to recover storage fees expressandstar.com

    Steve McDonald sold his narrowboat to a man in April 2016, and allowed him to refurbish the boat on his land in Cannock before transporting it to a canal. But after the man did a disappearing act - for the second time - Mr McDonald lost the sale of the land it was on and has had to take matters into his own hands by transporting it to a secret location from his home in Pear Tree Close, Huntington. The 62-year-old retired builder has now forked out £680 for a crane to lift the boat onto a truck to be taken to another location, and has said told the boat's buyer will have to pay the fees before being told where the vessel is....


Thursday 10 January

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  • Step in to the heart of The Falkirk Wheel scottishcanals.co.uk

    Scottish Canals unveils a special VIP tour of the inside of the Falkirk Wheel on 23rd-24th February. The video hints at a '2001-style' walkthrough. ...

  • Bradford Council approves plans for 74 houses canalside at Shipley. thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Bradford Council has approved plans for 74 houses on the new Swanside development in Dock Lane, Shipley, alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The two-hectare plot of brownfield land is currently empty and has been for a decade, following the closure of a factory at the southern end of the site, and outline plans for 80 homes on the site were approved in November 2017....

  • Christmas WRG canal camp on Stroudwater stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    Volunteers cleared a neglected section of canal during the festive season, bringing the full restoration of the waterway ever closer. Forty volunteers from across the country participated in a residential canal camp, during which they worked on a section of the waterway near Whitminster. The Waterways Recovery Group’s annual Christmas camp between Christmas and New Year saw the team hard at work, while most of us were tucking into turkey sandwiches and watching festive films on TV....


Tuesday 8 January

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  • Uh-oh, CRT confirm Middlewich aqueduct leak winsfordguardian.co.uk

    The Canal and River Trust has confirmed that there is a leak in the Middlewich aqueduct in Nantwich Road. 0 comment The leak had been spotted by residents shortly after the £3.2 million repair works were completed on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. A spokesperson for the Canal and River Trust said: "There is a leak at the Middlewich aqueduct. It was leaking quite a lot between Christmas and new year but isn’t that bad as of today....


Monday 7 January

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  • Volunteers save dog from being sucked down lock paddle on Grand Union watfordobserver.co.uk

    Steve Mander, based in Rickmansworth, was pictured rescuing the dog from the Grand Union Canal, after it was found struggling near a water gate yesterday. He lay down on his stomach and reached under and was able to retrieve the Labrador before any harm could be done. With just its head and paws above water in the seven foot canal, Mr Mander and four more volunteers from the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust recovered the stricken animal after it was trapped in the ‘sluice’ gate, which controls water levels in the canal via the lock. ...


Thursday 3 January

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  • Erie Canal locks 'Five-Rise' restoration gets $1.2M funding stream news.wbfo.org

    The Erie Canal's own 'Five-Rise' locks - equivalent to the Leeds & Liverpool's Bingley Five-Rise - is set to get a restoration after gaining £1.2m in funding. The set of five fully intact Erie Canal locks in Lockport, numbered 67-71. called the "Flight of Five" staircase, raise boats the difference in elevation between Lakes Erie and Ontario. In Lockport, that difference is 60'. Dave Kinyon, Chair of the Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation, said one of the five locks - number 67 - was rehabbed in 2014 in Phase 1 of the project. "Right now, we've been able to put together federal and state funding in the amount of $1.2 million to enable us to rehabilitate Lock 68," Kinyon said, "which will then just leave two remaining locks - Locks 67 and 71 - to be rehabilitated, so we can bring the Flight of Five back to operating condition."...

  • New guidebook for Stroud canal restoration stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    A new guidebook has been released for the Stroud Valleys canal users. The guide for the navigable sections of the canal has been produced by Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) Trow Magazine editor David Jowett and Stroud Valleys Canal Company (SVCC) chair Peter Best. It will be published four times a year, December, March, June and September, to enable constant updates as facilities open (or perhaps close as maintenance or development occurs.)...


Thursday 20 December

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  • 1,000 tonnes of floating pennywort removed from EA rivers gov.uk

    Not all greenery is festive – that’s the reminder from the Environment Agency this Christmas, after teams have removed more than 1,000 tonnes of highly-invasive floating pennywort from river networks in the Anglian region. More than 500 tonnes were removed from the Bedford Ouse, 400 tonnes from the River Cam, and 200 tonnes from the Ely Ouse....


Sunday 16 December

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  • I actually work in insurance says RCR boss postonline.co.uk

    After buying her own boat, Stephanie Horton, managing director of River Canal Rescue realised not everyone has the expertise to fix their vessels so now she comes to the aid of those in trouble on the water...


Tuesday 11 December

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  • Attention boaters: Erie Canal will stay toll free for next 3 years buffalonews.com

    The New York State Canal Corporation has announced Tuesday that it will continue its policy of not charging pleasure boaters tolls to use the Erie Canal or its locks and lift bridges for at least the next two years. The policy will run through 2021. The tolls – $25 to $100 depending on the boat size – were lifted in 2017 to mark the 200th anniversary of the beginning of canal construction, and the no-charge policy continued this year. The result, according to the Canal Corp., was more pleasure boat traffic. The Canal Corp. counted 71,529 passes through locks or under lift bridges by pleasure boats this year, a 3 percent increase from 2017. The Canal Corp. also set the navigation season to last from the Friday of the week before Memorial Day to the Wednesday after Columbus Day. In 2019, that's May 17 to Oct. 16....


Friday 7 December

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  • Housing plans unveiled for Wilts & Berks development at Wichelstowe swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    Detailed designs for another part of the Wichelstowe development overlooking the Wilts & Berks Canal have been put forward by the builder, David Wilson Homes. The company has already got permission to build 109 houses on a site bounded by a section of the Wilts and Berks canal to the west, Mill Lane to the east and the superstore's car park to the north, in the part of the development called Canalside which developer says "will be the most attractive area of Wichelstowe." Whereas most of the homes will be traditional semi-detached or detached suburban houses, units fronting the canal will be significantly different....

  • Tender for building new Canal Istanbul to be held next year hurriyetdailynews.com

    Turkey will hold a tender for the construction of a 45-kilometer shipping canal running parallel to the Bosphorus Strait, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 6, despite a government freeze on new investments as it reins in spending....

  • Body found in Grantham Canal near Dirty Duck pub bbc.co.uk

    A body has been found in a stretch of canal near a rural pub in Lincolnshire, police have said. A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said the man's body was found on Wednesday close to the Dirty Duck pub in the Grantham Canal near Woolsthorpe....


Wednesday 5 December

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Friday 30 November

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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. ...


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