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Thursday 21 March

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  • Twin brother tried to save tragic girl’s life after Kidderminster canal fall expressandstar.com

    The twin brother of a six-year-old girl who died after falling into a canal near Kidderminster battled to save her in the moments after the tragic accident, police today said....

  • Mon & Brec canal stretch reopens after £1.2m relining work bbc.co.uk

    A 470-metre stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal canal in Powys has reopened after six months following a £1.2m maintenance project to reline and strengthen it at Llangattock. Water has been released back into the affected section which had been emptied in September to allow the work to take place. The 49-mile (79km) long waterway is expected to be navigable by Friday....

Tuesday 19 March

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  • Lichfield & Hatherton Trust to buy Cannock canal stretch for £1 expressandstar.com

    Part of a derelict stretch of canal in Cannock is to be sold for just £1 to a restoration group hoping to bring it back to its former glory. The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCT) is spending £50 million on opening up miles of the former Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Now, the group wants to purchase the former canal at Wedges Mills in Cannock from the district council. Permission to sell the land for just £1 is likely to be granted by Cannock Chase Council’s cabinet at a meeting on Thursday. LHCT vice-chairman David Dixon said today: “This piece of canal is part of a jigsaw. The overall project involves Hatherton Canal. It goes from the north of Bloxwich via the south side of Cannock through to Calf Heath....

  • Frustration over Shropshire & Newport canal vandalism shropshirestar.com

    Vandals have repeatedly targeted signs, railings and benches along the Shropshire & Newport canal towpath in Shropshire. Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust has decided not to replace a sign at Fishers Lock in Newport as it has been targeted so often. The sign, which told of the history of the canal, has been damaged by air rifles and also set on fire. Trust chairman Bernie Jones said: “We have taken the decision that there is no point in replacing the sign if it’s just going to be vandalised over and over again.”...

Monday 18 March

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  • Julia Bradbury to open Crick Boat Show crickboatshow.com

    Crick Boat Show organisers have announced that Julia Bradbury will officially open this year’s Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival on Saturday 25th May. 

    Julia, presenter of the BBC’s series Canal Walks, Countryfile, Watchdog, Railway Walks, Wainwright Walks and many others, will also sign copies of her book on the Waterways World stand, and at 3.30pm will give a ticket-only talk at the show about how her walking life started. 

    Julia says: “I’m delighted to be opening the Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival.  I thoroughly enjoyed exploring some of Britain’s canals for my Canal Walks series, including the Kennet & Avon, Worcester & Birmingham and Llangollen canals.  They cut a sedate path through some of the country’s finest scenery.  I look forward to sharing some of my memories with Crick Boat Show visitors during my talk.”

    Peter Johns, publisher of Waterways World and show director, said: “Julia is one of Britain’s most popular television presenters and we are delighted to be welcoming her to the show. 

    "Julia’s love of the great outdoors is infectious and her fantastic BBC Canal Walks series revealed the beauty of the canals to millions of television viewers.”

    At the Crick Boat Show over 200 exhibitors will showcase thousands of inland waterways products and services, from boats, engines and chandlery to holidays, brokerage and insurance. 

Wednesday 13 March

Hereford & Gloucester Canal's Dymock development approved

The controversial development scheme at Dymock proposed by the Hereford & Gloucester Canal Trust has been granted planning permission by Forest of Dean Council.

Councillors overruled the council's planning department, who darlier had twice recommended refusal (as reported on http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Plans-new-canal-homes-Dymock-set-refused/story-18341445-detail/story.html). 

The Dymock development will provide a new stretch of canal, a village car park, play area, and 19 homes, along with a property owned by the Canal Trust that will be let out to give the Trust a long-term income. 

Five of the properties will also contribute £250 a year, index-linked in perpetuity, towards the maintenance of the canal.

Andrew Denny  | 4.39pm | 1 comment

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  • Wolverhampton yob named and locked up over string of canal towpath attacks expressandstar.com

    A teenager behind a spate of attacks along canal towpaths that a court heard struck “fear into the public” has been put behind bars for 12 months. Jordan Munroe can today be named for the first time as being responsible for seven attacks spanning over a week in Wolverhampton after magistrates lifted reporting restrictions. The 15-year-old, who has been sent to a young offenders institution, was also given a two-year Criminal Anti-social Behaviour Order (CRASBO). A 14-year-old boy, who was responsible for three assaults but cannot be named, was also made subject to a two-year CRASBO. The conditions ban both teenagers from entering canal towpaths around the city. ...

  • Boris Johnson reveals plans for UK's largest floating village telegraph.co.uk

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the capital would have a major role to play in Britain’s economic recovery as he revealed plans to build the UK’s largest floating village at the city’s Royal Docks....

Monday 11 March

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  • Brentford Lock Toll House opened as museum brentfordtw8.com

    One of London’s smallest museums, based in a Grade II Listed Toll House at Brentford Lock, is going to be opened every Friday by volunteers for the Canal & River Trust. Visitors will be able to find out about the history of the waterways and why Brentford Lock, at the junction between the Thames and the Grand Union Canal, played such an important role when London’s canals and rivers were a transport gateway to the rest of the world. The Toll House dates from 1900s, when the building would have contained ledgers that recorded the type and weight of cargo passing through the lock. The boats would pay a toll on the cargo they carried. ...

Thursday 7 March

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  • Hereford & Gloucester Canal development at Dymock set to be refused again thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Plans to restore a stretch of the Hereford to Gloucester canal in Dymock look set to be rejected – again. The scheme, on land off Western Way, would see 20 new homes built around a new section of the waterway. It was initially tabled in March last year but the proposals were withdrawn at the last minute after planners earmarked it to be refused. Since then, applicants the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust and Two Rivers Housing have gone back to the table and revised plans are set to go before Forest of Dean District Council's development committee on Tuesday. ...

  • Review: A Narrow Margin of Error by Faith Martin oxfordtimes.co.uk

    You learn something new every day. I’ve only just discovered that all the titles in Faith Martin’s detective series include the word ‘narrow’ because she herself lives on a narrow boat. It’s obviously no coincidence that the heroine of the novels lives on a narrow boat too, moored at Thrupp. As Lewis and Hathaway leave our TV screens, possibly for ever, it’s good for us Oxfordites to know that there is another detective mind addressing the multitude of fictional murders that occur in and around our city....

Wednesday 6 March

Broads boating group changes name

A new Broads boat owners' pressure group, which was started only a few weeks ago, has quickly decided to change its name .

The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads Owners Association soon decided that its name was 'a little too close' to another boating organisation. Before the name became too deeply embedded, it decided to rename itself the Broads Toll Payers Association (BTPA) – reflecting that toll paying (boat licensing) issues are the main focus of the group.

Dave Standley, spokesman for the organisation said, “This is an important step for us and one that we had to make early-on to prevent confusion.

“Our membership has grown rapidly but feedback suggested that the old name should be quickly retired."

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  • Boat rally part of 2013 Ellesmere Festival to be cancelled due to lack of volunteers shropshirestar.com

    The boat rally held on the Shropshire Union Canal as part of Ellesmere Festival will not be held this year after organisers said they did not have enough volunteers to run the event. And there will also be no fireworks at this year’s festival, which is due to be held for the 30th time from September 13 to 15. The news has been greeted with disappointment by civic leaders in the town – but festival organisers have vowed to carry on with the three-day event. ...

  • The Forth & Clyde Canal's art once had greater Emin-style eminence heraldscotland.com

    Letter in Glasgow Herald: David J Crawford congratulates whoever is responsible for the extensive community art on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal ( Letters, March 4) and enthuses over haphazard detritus, the variety of soft drink and lager cans diffused by the fluorescent blues of plastic cider bottles. But these are insipid and unimaginative compared to the glorious art we had before the Millenium regeneration of the canal when three-piece suites, fridges, other white goods, supermarket trollies, bicycles, the odd motorcycle and even a partly-submerged Morris Traveller could be viewed on the stretch between Bowling and Maryhill. I blame the decline in creativity on misguided environmental initiatives. R Russell Smith....

  • Go-ahead for Liverpool waterfront skyscraper development independent.co.uk

    English Heritage expressed its disappointment today after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave the go-ahead to a controversial skyscraper development on the banks of the Mersey fuelling fears that Liverpool’s historic waterfront will now be stripped of its World Heritage Status. Britain could now become only the third country to lose the prestigious inscription when the World Heritage Committee meets in Cambodia in June after placing the city’s mercantile Pier Head area on the in-danger register last year. Architectural groups have warned that plans for the £5.5bn high rise development on the site of derelict dockland will create a Dubai-style skyline which will dwarf Liverpool’s Three Graces buildings....

Tuesday 5 March

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  • Derbyshire MP: ‘Chesterfield Canal sunk by £33 billion HS2 train’ derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    Letter from Natascha Engel, MP for NE Derbyshire, to the Derbyshire Times, 5th March: "Chesterfield Canal has always been very special to me. After I was elected in 2005, my first official engagement as MP was to take part in the Chesterfield Canal celebrations at Tapton Lock. "But the High Speed Rail link from London to Leeds (HS2) has put a stop to all of that. The plans were announced and the route unveiled last month. Canals and railways have traditionally always worked together. Now, for the first time, the railway is working against the canal..."...

Monday 25 February

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  • WWII 'Idle Women' canal poster girl Audrey Harper found in Tasmania abc.net.au

    An international search for the famous poster girl of the WWII British home front effort has ended in a Hobart, Tasmania, nursing home. At 22, Audrey Harper put her Swiss finishing school behind her for the physically demanding and dirty work of a canal woman. She spent almost three years ferrying coal and war supplies. "It was probably some of the best years of my life," she said. Researchers have been looking for the war effort poster girl for years, finally tracing the 91-year-old to her Hobart nursing home....

Sunday 24 February

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  • Ripon Marina moorings to become residential ripongazette.co.uk

    Moorings at Ripon’s racecourse marina have been given the green light to become the site of permanent barge homes. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the application by British Waterways Marinas Ltd to change the use of 18 moorings at the site to form full residential mooring status....

Friday 22 February

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  • Residents want W&B canal back in Swindon masterplan swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    The grand plan for an overhaul of Swindon town centre could be set to get its own makeover – after consulted residents said they wanted the idea of a canal reinstated. The majority of about 100 respondents to Forward Swindon’s Masterplan consultation claimed they wanted to see the canal running through the pedestrianised town centre area, while much of the rest of the plan remains unchanged. The firm have been charged by Swindon Council with regenerating the town, and unveiled its view of the shape of things to come in around 10 to 15 years time, back in September at the Central Library, for public scrutiny....

Thursday 21 February

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  • 'Grand Western Canal bank breach was a disaster waiting to happen' thisisnorthdevon.co.uk

    The potential failure of the water management system on the Grand Western Canal was discussed months before the devastating breach in November, a councillor says. Anglers, businesses and other custodians of the 199-year-old waterway had previously debated their concerns over the possibility of a disaster. ​ Grand Western Canal breach in November Welcoming Devon County Council's decision to invest £3m in repairing, restoring and modernising the canal, Councillor Des Hannon said "important lessons were learnt" following the embankment collapse last which has left two incomplete sections of the waterway. Read more: http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Grand-Western-Canal-bank-breach-disaster-waiting/story-18190857-detail/story.html#ixzz2LYKC1YCi Follow us: @ThisisNDevon on Twitter | thisisnorthdevon on Facebook...

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