Support for Chesterfield restoration

Published: Monday, 25 May 2009

AT THE Chesterfield Canal Festival on Saturday, Councillor Shaukat Ali, the Mayor of Rotherham,  opened The Chesterfield Canal Festival. He made a short speech.

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Ribble Piddler will cost £60,000

Published: Monday, 25 May 2009

IT WAS revealed, at a meeting last week, that the total cost of the statue on the Millennium Ribble Link will be over £60,000.

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Boater dies in Kennet & Avon boat fire

Published: Saturday, 23 May 2009

THE body, believed to be that of a woman, was found yesterday, Friday, in a burnt-out narrowboat on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Honey Street, near Pewsey.

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Pensioner jumped in canal to avoid thugs

Published: Saturday, 23 May 2009

A BLACK man who was attacked by four white men on the towpath of the Rochdale Canal jumped into the water to try to save himself.

The thugs racially abused the 69 years old pensioner, and one punched him in the face, so the terrified pensioner jumped into the waterway and managed to wade across to the other side to escape further injury after the men demanded his cash.

This happened in early afternoon in Rochdale, and is the second attack on the same towpath, as a 29 years old man was accosted by two men who demanded cash. When he refused, again he was punched to the ground and kicked as he lay there.

Since the Rochdale Canal was reopened and the towpath upgraded, there have been many reports of attacks and demands for cash, and is fast becoming a no-go area.

Of the latest attacks, Detective Constable Julian Peach, of Rochdale CID, stated:

"Both of these offences are appalling, but it beggars belief that a group of racists would scare a pensioner so much that he did a dangerous thing by jumping in a canal. I'm appealing for anyone who may have witnessed either of these robberies, or who knows who is responsible, to get in touch."

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 4669 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Encouragement for Uttoxeter Canal restoration

Published: Friday, 22 May 2009

There was official encouragement for the restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal, when Nick Herbert MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs travelled to visit the waterway to meet members of the Restoration Committee and local County Councillors.

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No licence cost boater £1,085

Published: Friday, 22 May 2009
BOATER David Payne has been taken to Court by the Environment Agency for not having a registration licence whilst moored on the Nene, and fined £1,000 plus £85 costs by the magistrates.

Even though he was moored in Oundle Marina, the inspectors found his boat, and he received the maximum fine at Corby Magistrates' Court, and also ordered to pay costs to the Environment Agency, whose inspectors check registrations.

Sarah Nicholson, prosecuting, told magistrates that the boat registration fee avoided was only £2, but because the boat was unregistered, the licence fee of £664.10 had also not been paid.


Public to decide on British Waterways new boundaries

Published: Wednesday, 20 May 2009
IT WAS announced on Wednesday that there is to be a public consultation on the proposed British Waterways boundary changes and their names.

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New canal for Scotland with British Waterways finance

Published: Wednesday, 20 May 2009

THOUGH there is little chance of any new canals in England in the present financial climate, a new one has been approved for Scotland, with British Waterways financially involved, Alan Tilbury tells us.

 

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Middlewich development stops

Published: Tuesday, 19 May 2009

THE massive development by the side of the Big Lock on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Middlewich has stopped, as many of the houses and flats already built are still without buyers.

The development stretched from the side of the Big Lock pub right along the waterfront of the canal, with more development behind, but at the moment there is no activity whatsoever, though foundations for further properties have been laid.

If is of course all part of the current financial situation affecting a great deal of development, coupled with the collapse of the buy to rent market.

British Waterways taken out of state control and into a trust

Published: Tuesday, 19 May 2009
A NATIONAL debate was launch on Monday in the House of Commons at which British Waterways proposed that its waterways should be taken out of direct state control and into a new 'national trust'.

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