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Making the cut on Britain's canals

Tuesday 19 October 2010 16.30 BST From Martin Wainwright in the Guardian:

British Waterways set on course its own abolition before last week’s quango cull, writes Martin Wainwright

If there was one chirrup from the government’s bonfire of the quangos last week, it will have come from British Waterways, which has been pressing for its . . . → Read More: Making the cut on Britain’s canals

Environment

Fences could help clean up waterways

Building good fences could make our water cleaner, and help us to meet European standards, according to researchers working on the UK research councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (Relu).

Relu scientists have created a computer model to investigate the problem of fecal pollution in UK rivers. The organisms come mainly from farm animals’ . . . → Read More: Fences could help clean up waterways

Stoppages | Waterway Communities

Navigation route to be restored after deal

Monday 18th October 2010

The Worcester News reports that:

HOLIDAYMAKERS will be able to enjoy a 21-mile cruising ring around Worcestershire’s waterways after a missing piece of land needed for the project was finally secured.

Acquiring the missing link will enable workers to reconnect the Barge and Junction canals in Droitwich, a navigation route that . . . → Read More: Navigation route to be restored after deal

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CEO of British Waterways writes to the Guardian

* From The Guardian, Saturday 16 October 2010

Robin Evans, CEO of British Waterways writes:

I find myself in the unusual position of being the head of a public body that has welcomed – and indeed called for – its own abolition (Quango review sees five major bodies becoming charities, 14 October). Before anyone rushes . . . → Read More: CEO of British Waterways writes to the Guardian

Politics | Waterway News

Government Backs Plans For New ‘National Trust’ For Waterways

14th October 2010

British Waterways (BW) has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement of its intention to transfer BW’s inland waterways in England and Wales into a new charitable body. The move, promoted by BW for the last 18 months, will be the biggest shake up of the waterways since nationalisation in 1948. It will . . . → Read More: Government Backs Plans For New ‘National Trust’ For Waterways

Volunteering | Waterway Communities | Waterway News

Leeds Met - 'Water way' to volunteer

13/10/2010

Students and staff from Leeds Met, together with local residents, have been working in partnership with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), Aire Action Leeds, British Waterways, local Police and Leeds City Council to make improvements to a small park area on the corner of Wyther Lane and Broad Lane at Bramley.

Over 40 . . . → Read More: Leeds Met – ‘Water way’ to volunteer

Activities | Waterway Communities | Waterway News

BW Appoint Waterways World to Organise Crick Boat Show

13 October 2010

Waterways World has been appointed by British Waterways as event organisers for the Crick Boat Show to be held in 2011.

The Crick Boat Show 2011 will once again take place on the May bank holiday weekend (28th-30th May). Returning to Crick Marina on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire, next . . . → Read More: BW Appoint Waterways World to Organise Crick Boat Show

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Letting the mushrooms see the light?

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Interesting post from Simon Robbins’ blog Liveaboards: Letting the mushrooms see the light?.

Simon writes: “It may surprise my regulars but I’m going to say something (almost) positive about British Waterways today.

Along held grumble at local user group meetings has been how on too many occasions local staff leading those . . . → Read More: Letting the mushrooms see the light?

Angling | Canoeing

Is British Waterways anti-angling?

By Steve Partner 01 October 2010

Two examples in a week paint BW in a poor light British Waterways – the body the Government wants to burn on its ‘bonfire of quangos’ – really doesn’t do itself any favours where angling is concerned. In fact, it’s bloody hard to believe the body isn’t completely anti-fishing.

. . . → Read More: Is British Waterways anti-angling?

Politics | Waterway News

IWAC Proposes Major Overhaul of the Inland Waterways

After a two year study, the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC) has identified “serious flaws” in the funding and organisation of the inland waterways of England and Wales, and has called for a comprehensive programme of reform.

IWAC’s Report, entitled Surviving the Cuts and Securing the Future, describes the present structure as “cumbersome” with many . . . → Read More: IWAC Proposes Major Overhaul of the Inland Waterways

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