More waterway units for BW but 100 more staff to be axed

Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

IT HAS been announced today (Wednesday) that BW is proposing an internal restructure of its operations in England and Wales with the creation of 11 smaller waterway units, the removal of a layer of management and approximately 100 redundancies from office staff.

Stourbridge Canal closed again

Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

STOURBRIDGE Canal has been closed again, and de-watered at the site of the recent breach.

Tory leaders picks out BW as big earners—but

Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2009
AT THE party's Spring Forum at Cheltenham, Tory David Cameron picked out various public official as 'big earners', including the bosses of British Waterways.

His theme was the present 'spendaholic' Government 'which wasted billions of taxpayers money on a swarm of unaccountable quangos that has infested our country under Labour'.

He picked out individuals on high salaries, including Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards on £400,000 and British Waterways Board bosses Robin Evans, Nigel Johnson, James Froomberg and Phillip Ridal, whose combined salaries, he commented reach £900,000, which was enough to employ 30 nurses.

However, David should get himself better advisers, for James Froomberg, for one, left that position last year.

Sewage plant discharge killed the fish in the canals

Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2009
IT HAS been discovered that it was a discharge from a Severn Trent Water sewage plant that was responsible for thousands of dead fish in eight miles of the Shropshire Union and Staffs & Worcester canals, Alan Tilbury reports.

Re: Boater's perspective of the Liverpool Link

Published: Thursday, 23 April 2009
Great article, thoroughly enjoyed it.I shipped out of those docks many a time in the late 50's early 60's while in the Merchant Navy. It certainly has changed - the only part I readily recognise is the Jesses Hartley Clock Tower. I wonder if Mabel's Bar is still there ?? I still bear the scars ! Roy

Canalside housing

Published: Thursday, 23 April 2009

ELEVATE, the housing market renewal for Pennine Lancashire, has earmarked over £9 millions of Government funding to regenerate housing in Pendle, much by the side of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

How the money should be spent is now being discussed, with much of it going towards canalside development on the Brierfield Canal Corridor site.

Anglers causing swan casualties

Published: Wednesday, 22 April 2009
A WILDLIFE charity is appealing for anglers to take more care after seeing a sharp rise in swan casualties caused by discarded fishing tackle.

Volunteers and veterinary surgeons at the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital, based at Brandsby, near York, have seen 27 swans injured so far this month as a result of dumped fishermen’s lines and hooks in the Ouse.

The same problem as been found on the Selby Canal with fishing lines and hooks discarded by anglers.

The charity workers had to launch their rescue boat for a third time in a week on the Ouse last Friday when they were alerted to a severely injured nesting swan near to Naburn Lock.

The swan was found suffering with a triple-barbed fishing lure lodged in its neck, and line wrapped tightly around its wings and feet. It was treated on the banks of the Ouse and was later returned to it’s waiting mate and eggs.

Boost for Foxton Inclined Plane

Published: Wednesday, 22 April 2009
THE East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) has approved the application for the 'Foxton Locks Boat Lift (Masterplanning) 2008-11' project, which follows the successful first stage of the restoration of the defunct inclined plane at Foxton Locks.

This project will undertake the development work needed to test the feasibility of rebuilding a working Inclined Plane. This, it is believed, would provide a landmark attraction of national importance and aim to increase annual visitor numbers to half a million by 2016.

James Clifton, Regeneration Manager at British Waterways enthused:

"We are delighted that the study is to be supported. Assuming that we have a positive result and get over the relevant hurdles, the project could commence on site in five years and be delivered in two more."

Grand Union towpath collapses

Published: Monday, 20 April 2009
THERE was an urgent call to British Waterways on Saturday when a deep hole appeared in the towpath of the Grand Union Canal at Blisworth.

A team of engineers inspected the site, which was then fenced off from the public, though passage is still possible, and we are told the hole will be filled in during the week. The navigation is not affected.

Extending Barnoldswick marina

Published: Monday, 20 April 2009

WORK is well under way on expanding Lower Park Marina, at Barnoldswick on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from its present capacity of 15 to 50.

This is due to open in June, with berths for wide beam as well as narrowboats, with electricity and water points on the jetties, with ample parking.

Planning permission was granted way back in 2002, but explains Manager Wayne King:

“We got planning permission for the expansion back in 2002 but we suffered a series of set-backs and had to raise enough money for the build. We also intend to put in hawthorn hedges interspersed with trees, which we are hoping will look really nice when it is finished."

The marina will not however accommodate residentials.