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Tuesday 21 May

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  • Shrewsbury & Newport submits planning application to excavate Wappenshall Basin shropshirestar.com

    The Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust has applied for permission to excavate a filled-in canal basin in Telford and restore it to its former glory as part of a tourist attraction. The trust has previously submitted an application that would see one of its Grade II listed warehouses at the wharf converted into a shop, reception, conference facilities, offices and an exhibition space....

  • CRT makes statement on Pontcysyllte Aqueduct after teen fell to his death dailypost.co.uk

    A canal trust will explore ways to make a world-famous tourist attraction safer after a teenager fell to his death - but says changes to the structure could be "very controversial". The Canal & River Trust was responding to concerns raised by John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, during the inquest into the death of 18-year-old Kristopher McDowell. ...


Friday 17 May

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  • Anti-Brexit boat owner plans to block Union Canal at Linlithgow linlithgowgazette.co.uk

    The European elections, which were not supposed to take place, will of course go ahead next Thursday (May 23.) Polling stations will open at 7am and voters have until 10pm to cast their votes.They will be afforded just one choice on their ballot paper. Closer to home, it’s emerged that Edinburgh man Norman Foulner whose boat ‘Thistledown’ is moored at Linlithgow’s Canal will be attempting to block the canal with his craft as a protest....


Monday 13 May

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  • Yorkshire Waterways Museum closes as parent charity goes into liquidation thirdsector.co.uk

    The Yorkshire Waterways Museum and its parent charity The Sobriety Project have closed after public funding cuts in Humberside meant it was unable to cover its costs The Sobriety Project was set up in 1980 at Goole docks and used the historic Humber Keel Sobriety as a base for personal development and training for disadvantaged people. ...

  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust launches Cromford canal cottage crowdfunder belpernews.co.uk

    Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its restoration of a historic cottage on the Cromford canal. The environmental charity is aiming to revive the ruined 19th century Aqueduct Cottage, at Lea Wood Nature Reserve, as a space for visitor information and education. Plans were submitted to Amber Valley Council in March, and now the trust has begun the long work to raise funding for the project....


Thursday 9 May

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Wednesday 24 April

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  • Body found in Oxford Canal in search for missing man coventrytelegraph.net

    Police say a body has been found in the search for missing man Jason Thompson. The 31-year-old was last seen at the The Folly Inn pub in Napton, near Southam, late on Friday night (April 19). He had been working on a boat that was making its way from Banbury to Coventry....

  • Deep cracks spark concerns over safety of Milton Keynes canal bridge miltonkeynes.co.uk

    A canal bridge with deep cracks the length of its brickwork is still safe to use, insists the Canal and River Trust. Members of the public have complained that Bridge 79 on the Grand Union at Great Linford appears to be in “a seriously unsafe” state. But a Canal & River Trust spokesman said: “We’ve been inspecting the bridge regularly, around three times a month, to check its condition and that it remains safe. We’re confident that in the short term, despite appearances, this bridge remains structurally sound. We’re keen to get repairs sorted and will get them done as soon as we can.”...


Tuesday 23 April

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  • Paddle boarders win environmental award for removing rubbish from River Weaver winsfordguardian.co.uk

    Hundreds of pieces of plastic waste and rubbish have been prevented from reaching the Irish Sea over the past year, thanks to a ground-breaking river adoption agreement between the Canal & River Trust charity and Mid Cheshire Stand Up Paddleboard Club. The River Weaver Navigation, which runs through North Cheshire, is now much cleaner as a result of the Trust’s first UK river adoption by a stand up paddle board club last March. And the club has made such an impact locally, it has been awarded Winsford Town Council’s Trueprint Environment Award....

  • Could living on a canal boat help you get onto property ladder? thisismoney.co.uk

    'The money I save from living on a boat should be enough for a deposit to buy a home': Priced out of the property market? You could barge in....


Saturday 13 April

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  • Mid Devon council agree to continue £45k grant for Grand Western Canal devonlive.com

    Councillors have promised to continue supporting the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton. Mid Devon District Council agreed to continue its annual grant of £45,000 towards the maintenance of the waterway and that an assessment is taken in liaison with Devon County Council before the financial year 2020/21 to inform decision making concerning the level of future grant support for the canal....


Friday 12 April

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  • 'Human arm' among 8 tons dragged out of water during MK canal clean-up miltonkeynes.co.uk

    A realistic-looking female arm was just one on the bizarre items found in a massive canal clean-up operation. The arm dredged out of the water turned out to belong to a shop mannequin. “The rest of her was never found,” said a spokesman for the clean-up, which was organised by the MK branch of the Inland Waterways Association. A crew of 76 members and volunteers pulled an incredible eight tons of rubbish out of the canal in MK over two days....

  • Disused Erewash Canal pub to be demolished for flats derbytelegraph.co.uk

    A disused canal-side pub in Cotmanhay could be demolished and replaced with 23 apartments aimed at first-time buyers. The plans, pitched by Nottingham firm Maxwell Cohen, would see the Bridge Inn knocked down in the next few weeks and replaced with a three-storey apartment block by next year. ...

  • Historic narrowboat is BCN primary school classroom expressandstar.com

    Students at Millfield Primary School in Catshill Road, Brownhills, can board the boat for lessons in art, science, history and business. The narrowboat is moored behind the school on a stretch of canal. It was found after staff at the school got in touch with Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust, which told them about a boat which required renovation in Birmingham....


Wednesday 10 April

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  • IWA launches Waterways in Progress report waterways.org.uk

    "Restoration schemes are not just a means to an end; they have a life of their own and can bring quantifiable benefits at every stage" Waterways in Progress is a new report to be published in the near future by IWA's Restoration Hub in conjunction with members of the Hub's High Level Panel of restoration movement representatives. Using case studies from across the UK network, from canals both restored and still striving towards completion, Waterways in Progress seeks to spell out how well thought-out, partial restoration initiatives can start to deliver right from Day One. ...


Friday 5 April

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  • Nudists enjoy fish and chip dinner on naked canal cruise metro.co.uk

    This week 40 nudists journeyed down the Shropshire Union Canal in Stafford, entirely naked while eating fish and chips. Why, you may ponder? To show the public just how fun doing things without clothes can be. We’re convinced. Norbury Wharf Limited teamed up with British Naturism, a 50-year-old organisation with more than 9,000 members, to turn their regular fish and chip cruise into a naked treat....


Monday 1 April

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  • Boaters banned from mooring in Cambridge Riverside cambridge-news.co.uk

    Boaters have seemingly been banned from mooring on Cambridge riverside. Cambridge City Council has put up signs on the nearby fencing which says 'No Mooring Permitted.' Photographs of the change appear to show how empty the area had become - where boats were usually moored up to the wall. The new rules mean boaters who are caught may have to pay a fine of up to £50....

  • Real canal pusher at work on Edinburgh's Union Canal dailyrecord.co.uk

    Police are hunting a group of youths who pushed three cyclists into a canal in Edinburgh . The men were targeted in separate incidents as they cycled along the Union Canal between 5pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday. They were confronted by a group of youths on the path near Murrayburn and Wester Hailes and were pushed into the water. The three cyclists all managed to get out of the canal themselves but suffered minor injuries....


Tuesday 26 March

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Monday 25 March

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  • 'Abandoned as baby in Gas Street Basin - I could only be happy when I found out why' mirror.co.uk

    The dark truth of his birth left him devastated. Richard, 64, says: “I was so horrified I felt numb. I tried to read on, but couldn’t take it in because my eyes filled and blurred my vision. “It was a terrible story to read about any baby, and realising that baby was me felt overwhelming. “Knowing I came into the world like that, unwanted from the moment I arrived and left to die in minus two degree temperatures, made me sob for three hours afterwards.” It was a miracle Richard survived the rat-infested canal bank in Birmingham’s Gas Street Basin. But his headline-grabbing birth was the start of a childhood so tumultuous he recalls his years in a children’s home as his happiest...


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