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Wednesday 21 May

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  • Police find body of man who fell off narrowboat in Harecastle Tunnel stokesentinel.co.uk

    Police divers last night recovered the body of a man who fell off a narrowboat. The alarm was raised yesterday afternoon after the man plunged into the water inside Harecastle Tunnel, near Kidsgrove. Police, firefighters and paramedics attended the scene at 1.15pm....

Tuesday 20 May

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  • Fire service conducting search of Harecastle Tunnel after man falls overboard off a narrowboat stokesentinel.co.uk

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are conducting a search of Harecastle Tunnel after a man travelling on a narrowboat was reported to have fallen overboard. The incident occurred part way through the tunnel near Kidsgrove at around 1.15pm this afternoon. Staffordshire Police have closed the tunnel while their fire service colleagues carry out the search. They will be joined by the specialist underwater search team from Nottinghamshire Police who are currently enroute to the scene....

  • Are sky-high property prices steering home buyers onto water? edition.cnn.com

    How do you get a foot on the property ladder, when you live in one of the most expensive cities in the world? For an increasing number of first-time home buyers like Sandra Reddin, the answer doesn't lie on land -- but in the water. "Doing the washing-up with swans floating by your window -- I love it," says the 55-year-old, who bought a houseboat earlier this year. In a city where $1 million will buy you a mere 25 square meters in prime central real estate, Londoners are turning to the labyrinth of waterways silently snaking their way through the metropolis....

Tuesday 29 April

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  • Record numbers of people plucked from Thames by RNLI last year standard.co.uk

    Londoners were reminded today of the dangers of the Thames after it emerged that a record number of people had to be rescued from the river by lifeboat crews last year. Nearly 400 people were saved, including inexperienced sailors rescued from boats and people who fell in from bridges and the foreshore....

Sunday 20 April

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  • Narrowboat stuck in L&L canal nr Chorley lep.co.uk

    A narrowboat was stuck for several hours after lock gates failed on the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley. The broken gates let water out of the lock very quickly, causing the back of the boat to crash down and get stuck on the concrete....

Friday 11 April

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  • Waterways minister take a trip by horse–drawn narrow boat derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    Defra’s Rural Addairs Minister, Dan Rogerson MP, enjoyed a special trip down Cromford Canal on Birdswood, an historic narrow boat, pulled by boat horse Chelsea. Mr Rogerson said “This new trip boat on the Cromford Canal was one of the first RDPE Rural Economy Grants which the Government awarded, and I am delighted to see how this has helped increase visitor numbers.”...

  • Hero barrister leaps into canal to save child’s teddy newburytoday.co.uk

    A barrister has been labelled a hero after jumping into the canal fully suited and booted to retrieve a youngsters toy from the water. Steven Molloy, of Charles Hoile Solicitors, jumped into the canal after hearing from a colleague that a child’s teddy had been dropped into the canal....

Tuesday 1 April

Environment Agency website address changes

The Environment Agency says that, as from 1st April, its basic web address changes from www.environment-agency.gov.uk to www.gov.uk/environment-agency

For waterways users the direct EA address is a little more complex: www.gov.uk/browse/environment-countryside/boats-waterways 

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Monday 31 March

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  • Leyton Marshes boat mooring charges 'privatisation by stealth' guardian-series.co.uk

    New measures to charge boat-users for morring on the River Lea Navigation have been described as “privatisation by stealth”. The Lea Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA)on Thursday erected signs declaring “Leyton Marsh Moorings Private” on the Lea Navigation towpath at Leyton Marshes, in a move the authority says is aimed at ensuring better management of the area. But campaigners oppose the move, claiming the LVRPA is further restricting access to the public space....

  • Final section of Olympic Park about to open guardian-series.co.uk

    The final section of the largest park in the country will open to the public this weekend. Since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, £300 million has been invested to transform 27 acres of land that encompasses the south of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The green space, which is filled with 1,000 mature trees, six bridges, seating areas and thousands of lights, will open at 10am on Saturday....

Tuesday 25 March

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Monday 24 March

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  • WW launches free paper for Crick Boat Show crickboatingtimes.com

    Waterways World, organisers of the Crick Boat Show, has launched a new free newspaper, The Crick Boating Times.

    The first issue is now available from around 300 locations around the UK, including boatyards and marinas, CRT offices and visitor centres.

    It will also be available widely in supermarkets, shops and other locations in the Northamptonshire and Warwickshire area from Wednesday 26th March.  

    Crick Boating Times features 64 pages of essential information about this year’s Crick Boat Show as well as local cruising guides and boat buying tips and advice.

    You can also read the new paper online. Download a copy at www.crickboatingtimes.com, register for updates, and receive notification when each new issue is available. ...

  • 16 tons of soil delivered by boat to City Road Basin islingtongazette.co.uk

    Children from Hanover Primary School got their hands dirty to help turn a stretch of canal-side waste ground into a patch of paradise. On the first warm and sunny day of the year, 16 tonnes of soil was delivered to the land beside Regent’s Canal’s City Road Basin, in Islington, Pupils, along with parents and teachers, helped lay the flower beds which will hopefully bloom into life in the coming months....

Saturday 22 March

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  • United campaign to fight for Oxford Thames flood channel oxfordmail.co.uk

    Councils, utility companies and government bodies have all agreed to work together to fund the £125m solution to Oxford’s flood problems. After a three-hour long flood summit in Oxford yesterday, they agreed to set up a “sponsorship group” which will be made up of representatives of as many bodies as possible and lobby for funding for the Western Conveyance....

Thursday 20 March

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  • ‘Adoption’ scheme for Aire & Calder at Knostrop yorkshirepost.co.uk

    A not-for-profit organisation called Canal Connections has ‘adopted’ the mile-long section of the River Aire and the Aire & Calder Navigation between Skelton Road Bridge and Knostrop Lock. It will remain under the 
ownership of the Canal & River Trust but Canal Connections 
will now embark on a programme of environmental and access 
improvements. ...

  • Battersea Power Station demolition material transported along River Thames standard.co.uk

    Chunks of Battersea Power Station are being shipped away on barges along the River Thames in a bid to cut carbon emissions. The Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) are reducing the number of lorries on the road by 20 per cent using the system to get rid of excavated materials. Two barge loads carrying 1000t of muck are being moved each day - the equivalent of 50 lorries....

  • Czech fans of water canal eye new plan on border praguepost.com

    Advocates of the “scrapped” Danube-Oder-Elbe water corridor are promoting a smaller water canal on the Oder River that would make it navigable from northern Moravia and would connect the industrial region with the Baltic Sea, daily Hospodářské noviny (HN) writes today. The biggest advocate of the giant Danube-Oder-Elbe corridor was President Miloš Zeman, who said it would boost Czech economy. Earlier this week, however, the transport minister said he would halt the study on the project's feasibility that was launched by his predecessor. The project's fans are now eyeing a plan to extend the Oder's navigability from Kędzierzyn-Koźle, a Polish town 50 km north of the Czech border, so that it becomes navigable from the neighboring north Moravia region....

Monday 17 March

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  • Tim Wiseman lists his ten likes & hates about living on the canal at Oxford oxfordmail.co.uk

    Peace, quiet and the beauty of the Oxfordshire countryside – just minutes from the bustle of the city and all it offers Watch the seasons – glorious days of sunshine and swimming in the summer, atmospheric misty autumn mornings, crisp frost of winter and the rebirth of spring... 1: Breakfast on Port Meadow with the sun coming up 2: The cosiness of a roaring stove on a cold winter day 3: Living Green – minimise your impact through a more sustainable way of life Kingfishers and otters, grebes and water voles – live with nature all around you Waking up somewhere different each morning, whenever you fancy it ...

Tuesday 11 March

Baldry is IWA Parliamentarian of the Year

The Inland Waterways Association presented Sir Tony Baldry MP with its 2014 ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ award at the annual IWA dinner at the House of Commons on Monday 10th March.

Sir Tony, MP for Banbury and a former waterways minister in John Major’s 1990s administration, was given the award for his long history of support for the waterways, including opening the 1991 IWA National Festival at Windmill End, and attending Waterway Recovery Group digs. He remained a member of IWA for over 20 years and is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Waterways Group.

At the dinner Les Etheridge praised the government’s continuing commitment to transfer Environment Agency’s waterways to CRT, but said the IWA was disappointed the original hope of transfer in 2015/16 would not been met.

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Monday 10 March

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  • A canal boat - one of 20 fantasy retirement retreats, says the Daily Telegraph telegraph.co.uk

    Still one of the most romantic forms of downsizing that Britain has to offer. Sell your house, buy a pretty canal boat and spend your days meandering through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. With the capital you release, you will also be able to afford a property in the sun for the winter months. ...

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