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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

Today's news from the web

  • 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

Today's news from the web

Monday 24 March

Today's news from the web

  • 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

Today's news from the web

  • 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

Today's news from the web

  • ‘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

Today's news from the web

  • 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

Today's news from the web

  • 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. ...

Monday 24 February

Today's news from the web

  • My life in London's houseboat slums theguardian.com

    Where do you live if you cannot afford London's soaring rents? I took the only home I could find: a tiny, mouldy room in a freezing barge on the Thames. And there are many desperate people in the same situation...

Wednesday 5 February

Today's news from the web

  • Oxford Canal play contest aims to make the inspiration flow oxfordmail.co.uk

    Some of the country’s best known writers are preparing to help local writers produce radio plays. Mark Haddon, author of bestselling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time, will be one of three authors from the city who will offer help to fledgling playwrights to create plays about the Oxford Canal. Mr Haddon, along with Golden Globe-nominated scriptwriter Paul Rutman and Katie Baxendale, writer of teen sensation Sugar Rush, all live near the canal – and they will offer help to the writers of the best four scripts in a competition. They will be broadcast online and an overall winner will be chosen by His Dark Materials author Phillip Pullman. ...

Friday 31 January

Toyah heads Crick 2014 line-up

Toyah Willcox has been confirmed as this year’s headlining act at Crick Boat Show 2014.  Fresh from her positively received diving on ITV1's Splash, household name, pop icon, TV presenter and stage and screen actress (Calamity Jane, Cabaret Peter Pan, Jubilee, Quadrophenia) Toyah comes to Crick Boat Show this May to perform her Acoustic, Up Close & Personal set.
This is a rare chance to experience Toyah up close and personal. A lively unplugged/storytellers style gig, it will include her performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career.  Toyah will be accompanied by fellow musicians Chris Wong and Colin Hinds.
Toyah Willcox will be the final act on Saturday, after a day of Crick favourites and talented local musicians.  On Sunday, Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Tribute have been confirmed as the main act.
For the first time this year, evening-only tickets have been made available to purchase, allowing those who cannot make it during the day to come along and soak up Crick’s evening entertainment for £6 per person.  Day and weekend ticket holders get free access to all our evening entertainment on days booked.
If you’ve yet to book your tickets to Crick Boat Show 2014, you can do so at www.crickboatshow.com or by calling 01283 742970.

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Tuesday 7 January

Today's news from the web

  • Storms damage newly restored Stroud canal locks stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    A £300,000 scheme to connect the two stretches of water on the new Cotswold canal restoration, at Dudbridge in Stroud, has been washed away after the recent storms caused the canal to flood resulting in damage to the lock. As a result of the canal overflowing on New Year’s Day during the bad weather the newly laid towpath surface has been worn away leading to the collapse of three metres of the lock wall....

Saturday 21 December

Today's news from the web

Thursday 12 December

Today's news from the web

  • How we restored 'the boat which saved our canals' bristolpost.co.uk

    Afamous narrowboat, which helped prevent the closure of the canal network in the 1960s, has been brought back to life after falling into disrepair. The restoration of the historic Greenshank narrowboat – which was built in the 1930s – has taken more than a year. Greenshank was returned to Bristol's floating harbour on Monday. The bottom of the boat has been replaced after her owners, Bristol Packet Boat Trips Ltd, invested profits from a good summer into the project. ...

  • Leeds-Liverpool towpath gets £1.6million upgrade at Kirkstall thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    A major scheme to improve a stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath has been announced. The Canal and River Trust, the charity that looks after the nation’s waterways, will upgrade the towpath between Gallows Footbridge in Shipley and Kirkstall New Road Bridge in Kirkstall, Leeds. The £1.6 million scheme is part of a large-scale project led by Metro, Bradford Council and Leeds City Council, which have secured £18.1 million from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Fund to create a safe, sustainable transport corridor for walkers and cyclists between Bradford and Leeds. ...

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