IWA gives cautious welcome to BW restructuring

Published: Thursday, 30 April 2009

THE Inland Waterways Association today gave a cautious welcome to British Waterways’ announcement on restructuring, whilst offering sympathy to those facing redundancy.

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Bridgewater towpath scheme goes ahead

Published: Thursday, 30 April 2009

THE controversial scheme to upgrade over 40 miles of the Bridgewater Canal towpath into a cycle track, named the Bridgewater Way has started.

At a cost of £8 millions it will upgrade the last remaining canal 'no cycling' towpath into a fast cycleway, with its backers claiming it will attracted 500,000 people a year!

Huddersfield Narrow closed

Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

THE Huddersfield Narrow Canal is closed owing to a severe leak of water from the canal into a culvert on the East side of the tunnel.

The waterway is now closed between locks 22E and Lock 42E, and boaters approaching from Huddersfield must wind at the winding hole before Lock 22E. No passage is allowed past this winding hole.

The waterway is at present dewatered between Lock 27E and 32E. If you have a tunnel booking in the next week, please contact the Business Support Team on 0113 2816860

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.