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Just two of 15 canal safety proposals put forward after the death of a student are likely to be approved by Leicester City Council.

Canal safety moves rejected

David Maclean, This Is Leicestershire political correspondent, reports:

Just two of 15 canal safety proposals put forward after the death of a student are likely to be approved by Leicester City Council.

The body of De Montfort University student Phil Dillon, 24, was . . . → Read More: Just two of 15 canal safety proposals put forward after the death of a student are likely to be approved by Leicester City Council.

Canal & River Trust | Regeneration | Waterway Communities | Waterway Politics

Canals as a focus for community renewal

Once the butt of jokes about shopping trolleys and pollution, canals have, over the last decade, become an important focus for urban and rural renewal.

Half of our waterways flow through government priority areas for investment and regeneration, and British Waterways is influencing and enabling an estimated £10 billion worth of projects to revive waterfronts . . . → Read More: Canals as a focus for community renewal

Canal & River Trust | Politics | Waterway News | Waterway Politics

Union says BW Charity Plan Spells Disaster

Thursday 14 October 2010

Louise Nousratpour of LifeStyle reports that:

A government decision to turn British Waterways into a charity could threaten the future of the country’s network of canals and its vital work in flood prevention, unions warned today.

Under wider plans to cull nearly 200 quangos, the government decided to move the body . . . → Read More: Union says BW Charity Plan Spells Disaster

Activities | Waterway Communities

Walsall canal scheduled for much needed dredging

Laurence Hogg, a member of CanalScape BCN, the Yahoo newsgroup that focuses on the Birmingham Canal Navigations, reports that BW have plans to dredge the Walsall Canal this winter.

Dredging is expected to commence during November starting with the clearance of bridge holes and weirs.

Local waterway enthusiasts are hoping that this will encourage more . . . → Read More: Walsall canal scheduled for much needed dredging

Waterway News

Weil's Disease - a warning to waterways users

You may have seen the news that Olympic medal winner Andy Holmes was seriously ill with Weil’s disease and subsequently passed away this weekend.

Weil’s disease or Leptospirosis is contracted through contact with water carrying urine from infected animals (especially rats and cattle). As well as being notorious amongst water-sports participants, it has also been . . . → Read More: Weil’s Disease – a warning to waterways users

Anti-social behaviour | Waterway Communities

Thieves take balustrade stones from River Lune viaduct

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The damaged River Lune viaduct.

British Waterways are urging people to look out for distinctive balustrades stolen from an 18th Century landmark in Lancashire.

Eight balustrade stones were stolen and 12 others removed from the historic Lune viaduct at Caton Road in Lancaster.

The thieves took the ornamental stones from the bridge . . . → Read More: Thieves steal balustrade stones from River Lune viaduct

Regeneration | Waterway Communities | Waterway News

Llangollen – £15m marina plan at former chemical works

25 October 2010 |

Published by: Claire Gallagher, Wrexham & Flintshire News

The plans for a £15m marina in Cefn are continuing to gather support.

Dave Metcalfe, group leader of the Plas Kynaston Canal and Marina Group, said he was “amazed” by the response so far.

Mr Metcalfe said Wrexham Council was looking to . . . → Read More: Llangollen – £15m marina plan at former chemical works

Politics | Waterway News

BMF supports new waterway charity but…

21/10/2010

The British Marine Federation (BMF), which represents over 1,400 members who employ more than 35,000 people in the UK marine industry, has broadly supported the plans to convert British Waterways into a new waterways charity (NWC).

The BMF believes that the Government must ensure the future of our waterways for users and those businesses . . . → Read More: BMF supports new waterway charity but…

Activities | Volunteering | Waterway Communities

New conservation group created to keep canal tidy

Richard Rush of the Loughborough Echo reports:

A GROUP of volunteers tired of Loughborough Canal being a mess are vowing to tidy it up.

Four regular boaters have come together to form the Clear Cut Conservation group which will regularly patrol the local beauty spot.

And that means come May 1 and 2 when the . . . → Read More: New conservation group created to keep canal tidy

Regeneration | Waterway Communities

New partnership to promote Stoke-on-Trent canals

A partnership which plans to strengthen the appeal of canals has been formed in Stoke-on-Trent.

The city council said it would work with a number of organisations, including British Waterways and Inland Waterways Association.

It added the group would work to apply planning policies that identified sites “that can bring forward high quality waterside environments”.

. . . → Read More: New partnership to promote Stoke-on-Trent canals

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