Makeover for Ashton Canal locks

25 January 2016

WORK has started to restore six historic lock structures on the 200-year old Ashton Canal in Manchester.

The Canal & River Trust is carrying out the work which will involve repointing and replacing missing brickwork and removing vegetation within the lock chambers.

Repairs are expected to be completed by mid-March 2016.

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Boater flees from moorings after vandals sink boats

6 January 2016.

A BOATER has been forced to leave his mooring after vandals began sinking boats on the canal network.
Martin Taylor, 59, saw a boat sink before his eyes at Bissett, near Alvechurch. He claimed vandals had drilled holes into boats to deliberately sink them. He has now moved his mooring to Polesworth, near Tamworth.
 

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Historic Telford aqueduct drained for repairs

Historic Telford aqueduct drained for repairs

21 December 2015.

SMETHWICK’s 190-year old Engine Arm Aqueduct is being drained for the first time in 15 years ahead of important repairs by the Canal & River Trust to the Grade II* listed structure.

Built in 1825 by renowned engineer Thomas Telford, the aqueduct carries the Engine Arm Canal over the Birmingham Canal Navigation in Smethwick. Historically, the aqueduct helped to transfer a vital supply of water from Edgbaston Reservoir to ensure the canals around the West Midlands were kept topped up.
 

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Future of Yorkshire's waterways under the spotlight

22 November 2015.

AS THE Canal & River Trust begins a £3.5 million restoration and repair programme this winter on historic canals across Yorkshire and the North East, the future of the region’s waterways comes under the spotlight at an event taking place in Castleford on Thursday (November 26).
The annual meeting of the Trust’s North East Waterway Partnership will enable people to discuss how, 200 years after they were built, the region’s canals and rivers can contribute to all areas of day-to-day life.

The public meeting will take place at The Wheatsheaf, Conference & Banqueting Centre, Altofts Lane, Whitwood, Castleford from 12noon until 2pm. To book a place at the North East Waterway Partnership Annual Meeting go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/meetings.

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Works begin to repair Leeds & Liverpool enbankment

14 November 2015.

WORK has begun to repair a 200-year old embankment on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Calverley, Leeds.
The £650,000 project is being carried out by the Canal & River Trust to repair some unstable lengths of retaining wall alongside the canal towpath.

 

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Waterways Ombudsman issues Annual Report

10 November 2015.

THE Waterways Ombudsman, Andrew Walker, has issued his Annual Report for 2014/15.

The Report shows that, while the number of complaints entering the Trust’s complaint process fell from 232 to 185, the number coming to the Ombudsman remained broadly stable. During the year the Ombudsman received 62 enquiries about the Trust (up from 54 the previous year). 16 new investigations were opened (up from 14) and 14 investigations were completed (down from 15).

 

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Tunnel visitor centre opens at Dudley

Tunnel visitor centre opens at Dudley

21 October 2015.

DUDLEY Canal Trust’s new multi-million pound visitor centre, ‘The Portal’, opened to visitors this week.

The new centre features an interactive exhibition in the Biffa Award Gallery, a new restaurant, a large gift shop and space for school workshops, community events and wedding receptions.

 

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New boat to tackle weeds on the Grand Western Canal

New boat to tackle weeds on the Grand Western Canal

7 October 2015.

DEVON County Council has invested over £60,000 in a new boat to help rangers deal with the increasing problem of weed growth in the Grand Western Canal.
The canal and country park, which is managed by the County Council, is surrounded by farmland, which means the water is nutrient rich and excessive amounts of water plants and algae grow.
 

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Boat trips at Whitchurch

31 August 2015.

THE Small Tasks Team Volunteers will be operating free boat trips at the Whitchurch Waterway Rally over the weekend of September 5-6 on the Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal at Chemistry.
The free entry event is open from 10am-4pm each day and there will also be lots of stalls and entertainment as well as a dog show at 2pm on the Sunday afternoon.

 

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First canal to achieve green flag

First canal to achieve green flag

31 July 2015.

THE Macclesfield Canal in Cheshire has become the first canal to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality green space.

The 26 mile canal is one of 239 parks and green spaces across the North West to fly the flag, after being judged to be some of the best in the country.

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