26 July 2010
Jake Berry Rossendale and Darwen, Conservative asked the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether British Waterways plans to compensate a boat owners and business owners affected by the temporary closure of a stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Richard Benyon Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Natural Environment . . . → Read More: British Waterways: Compensation for Closed Waterways
Wednesday 21st July 2010
* By Peter Magill » Burnley chief reporter
TOURISM bosses have pulled the plug on a popular boating festival due to the closure of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal because of the drought.
The annual gathering at Reedley Marina was due to go ahead in September but British Waterways . . . → Read More: Popular Pendle boat festival sunk by drought
FIVE authorities have joined forces in a bid to stop antisocial behaviour along Boston’s waterways.
Sluice Bridge and Anton’s Gowt have been hot spots for irresponsible acts in recent months.Such acts include jumping from the railway bridge, trespassing on moorings and interfering with boats.
British Transport Police, Network Rail, British Waterways, Boston Borough Council’s community . . . → Read More: FIVE authorities have joined forces in a bid to stop antisocial behaviour along Boston’s waterways.
Droitwich was one of the first places to benefit from the canal building boom
The 37-year campaign by the Droitwich Canals Trust to restore the canal has been praised by British Waterways.
The restoration of the town’s Barge Canal is due for completion in 2010.
The opening of the short linking Junction Canal in 2011 . . . → Read More: The Droitwich Canals Trust is praised for its work
The Kennet Avon Canal Trust News
Friday, 16 July 2010
Almost 200 years to the day that it was first opened, 20 years since the navigation was opened once more, and 10 years after the hugely successful Lottery supported restoration project, the Kennet & Avon Canal could soon reclaim its status as a fully-fledged, working . . . → Read More: Kennet & Avon Canal Cruises Into The Future
Friday, 9 July 2010
The Erewash Valley trail project is a partnership involving British Waterways, the Local & County Councils and various other interested parties to deliver £520,000 of environmental improvements during 2010/11. This includes the formation of walking & cycling trails as well as benefits to wildlife and encouraging healthy living and connecting local . . . → Read More: Erewash Valley Sustrans Rangers
Extract from Parliamentary Debate on Inland Waterways
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Richard Benyon): I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Tristram Hunt) on securing this debate. After such a tense afternoon in the Chamber, it is nice to be able to find a subject on which there . . . → Read More: Parliament Debate on Future of Waterways
In 1847, the Scottish novelist Hugh Miller described the River Irwell as “a flood of liquid manure, in which all life dies, whether animal or vegetable, and which resembles nothing in nature, except perhaps the stream thrown out in eruption by some mud-volcano”. Friedrich Engels was equally disparaging about the state of Manchester’s Irk: “a narrow, coal-black, foul-smelling stream … out of whose depth bubbles of miasmatic gases constantly rise and give forth a stench that is unbearable.” In its own dark manner, the industrial revolution brought Britain’s waterways to life. Our rivers and canals became the arteries of relentless economic growth and social change – but also the prime deposits of urban excrescence. Today, all cleaned up, they have the opportunity to be at the forefront of another programme of social change. For if this government really wants to live up to its rhetoric of the “Big Society”, it might quietly begin here. . . . → Read More: The towpath that leads to the Big Society
Boats lined up waiting to use the Wigan flight on the morning of July5th didn’t get started as it there was something wrong with a gate on the top lock.
No stoppage notice was posted by BW North West so official details are not known but the 6 boats waiting at the bottom lock were . . . → Read More: Wigan Flight closed for a day
Date published: 30/06/2010
Pennine Waterways News has today (Wednesday 30 June 2010) reported that the Rochdale Canal could run out of water in August unless there is significant rainfall before then.
They have reported that a warning has been issued from British Waterways’ Manchester and Pennine area manager David Baldacchino.
As the North West experiences . . . → Read More: Rochdale Canal could run out of water